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New Earth Mud (with Bonus DVD)

Chris RobinsonAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 22, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Redline Ent
  • ASIN: B00006JIUX
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,089 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Safe in the Arms of Love
2. Silver Car
3. The Kids That Ain't Got None
4. Could You Really Love Me
5. Untangle My Mind
6. Fables
7. Sunday Sound
8. Barefoot By The Cherry Tree
9. Katie Dear
10. Ride
11. Better Than The Sun
12. She's On Her Way

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Former Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson quickly stakes out his own turf on his solo debut, frequently eschewing his familiar rock rasp for a simpler, neo-folkie delivery. Tracks like the soulful "Fables," the haunting "Katie Dear," and infectious "Silver Car" most effectively navigate a new path. But ironically, Robinson's deliberate distancing from the Crowes' excesses paints him into problematic corners. The laid-back country jones he exhibits on "Sunday Sound" and "Barefoot by the Cherry Tree" often gets the best of him, while the spare, promising folk-rock of "Could You Really Love Me?" degenerates into familiar Robinson tent-revival vocal territory. If "Ride"'s funky corners and Robinson's general willingness to experiment show promise, they also suggest the singer's talents need a little competitive goosing, a reinforcement the decades-old truism that the greatest rock music is often the byproduct of the fiercest rivalries and infighting. --Jerry McCulley

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Ori. Release '02. Debut solo album by the former Black Crowes frontman. Includes a bonus DVD - A Documentary Film By Darren Ankenman & Live Acoustic Performances.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A more mellow Chris Robinson January 18, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Chris Robinson's New Earth Mud is the sound of a musician who's happy to be doing his own thing. A musician who has settled into a comfortable life and is enjoying time with his true love. These are the feelings that pervade the album, and make it more of a laid-back affair. I think comparing it to John Lennon's "Double Fantasy" would be a valid comparison, as it has that sort of "joy of life and love" feel to it. However, on this album we are thankfully spared songs by the singer's significant other, although I'm sure Kate Hudson is probably a much better singer than Yoko Ono.
Mellow is the key word to this CD. It's not hard-rocking like The Black Crowes, it's more subtle with the emphasis on songwriting and the feel-good vibe. Musically, the album could be compared to the likes of Tom Petty's "Wildflowers", The Grateful Dead's "American Beauty" or Neil Young's "Harvest". That's sort of the sound that we get here. Mid-tempo songs performed mostly on acoustic guitars, with a touch of folk and country influence. There's a bit of instrumental jamming, which just adds to the retro feel of the disc.
I think this is a fine album. It might not appeal to all fans of The Black Crowes, but it's a good one to put on when you're feeling mellow and just want something soothing, but with a good groove to listen to.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Revelation! February 10, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This cd is an eye opener. Chris Robinson is now a solo artist, and an important one at that. Make no mistake: New Earth Mud is a major achievement.

I have been a Black Crowes fan for over a decade, and have more than anything, enjoyed the Crowes live and acoustic (anyone ever heard the Black and Blue bootleg?). This solo album captures that raw smoke and whiskey feeling, balanced by coffee and cigarette mornings after. Chris writes wonderful songs. Stories. Digs deep and drags you down there with him ... into the New Earth Mud.

But his voice. He is so versatile ... quietly evocative in one instance, grittily aggressive in another. Chris sings with restraint here mostly, but it seems effortless. Couple that with great bare-bones production and wonderful ensemble musicianship and you have one of the best albums I have heard in the last 15 years.

When's the next one coming Chris?

5 Stars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crow flies solo. December 4, 2002
By H3@+h
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album. It is more mellow than what Chris did with the Crowes, but I'm totally fine with that. It's the kind of album that sounds good on a warm summer day, or a cold winter one. It would be a good thing to play along with the Dead, or some of Neil Young's more acoustic stuff. The first song "Safe in the arms of love" is a great start. Another good "Crowes-ish" song is "Sunday Sound". The love song to Kate, "Katie Dear", is a bit sappy, but still good. And the song "Fables" has an almost magical feel to it. The DVD is alright. It has 4 more audio tracks and a short documentary. Not bad, but the kind of thing you'll probably watch twice at most. I highly recommend this and think it's great that Chris seems to be doing what he wants, on his terms, and having fun with it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More questions than answers November 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The Crowes are the greatest band that ever were, but i pay no attention to anything - other than some rumblings a year or so ago, had no idea this was coming out, so it was a wonderful surprise, although looking at the song titles before i heard it, "Katie Dear" kinda filled me with dread,(actually a fragile little dewy spider web on an autumn morning of a song) but turns out it was unjustified. A fewpoints:
-It doesn't SOUND like the Crowes, but its Chris expressing himself, which he's a good at, so if you love the crowes deep down, than you'll love this too. The first song is the maybe the Crowes-iest thing here - a deep fried riff - put that guitar on yo hip boy! First listen reminded me in places of the By Your Side bsides
-Interesting people involved - one of the Stone temple Pilots, some guy I never heard of who is the most involved and comes off as a good guy who I'd be interested to know more about, The enigma that is Eddie Harsch (hurrah) oh and the greatest guitarist it's ever ben my pleasure to stand infront of slack jawed - MARC FORD! hell YEAH!
-Really nicely arranged - weird organs, moogs, only some dodgy Nick Drake sounding Saxophone on Untangle my Mind is a little jarring
-Good to excellent lyrics throughout. Not as bad as they have been (listening to the missing songs of the crowes career on Tall As Can Be it seems that it was often the quality of lyrics that dicated if a song made it onto the records - when Our Hero writes bad lyrics he really writes bad lyrics, but when he's good it's poetry pure and simple and bests Dylan) Somewhere between Wiser Time and Heavy all in all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Whole Album November 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is clearly the work of a man who appreciates the value of having an entire album experience, as opposed to focusing on singles. Of course this is nothing new with him, considering the unspeakably great band he has fronted. From start to finish this work flows and shines brightly through cracks in the walls into a darkened room. And there are also bubbles floating through the air.I dont know where he found these Stacy guys he made the record with, but wow what a powerfully good job they did of helping Chris to manifest his vision. Look man, Im sorry, Five Stars ,OK?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Music
Good music for sure. The repeated songs are a bit tiring when you play the CD in a multi disc changer. I dislike when any album comes out with the same song done twice on it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by dddrock
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Record
This is a great record and shows more of the softer side of Chris Robinson. It does rock but in a different way. Great songs.
Published 7 months ago by Martina Liwulanga
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent album
I enjoyed this album by Chris Robinson. It isn't my favorite and I can't listen to it cover to cover but it's got some good tunes that make good additions to a playlist.
Published 16 months ago by S. Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy, like a Sunday morning
Chris Robinson at his mellow best. His soulful voice is comfortable with these aching, lyrically potent songs. I love the relaxed vibe of this record.
Published on January 2, 2012 by Suzanne Cheavens/KOTO-FM
2.0 out of 5 stars An average album
Let's be honest for potential buyers who are not extreme Black Crowes fans. This is a Chris Robinson solo effort. It is average. Read more
Published on August 18, 2009 by Michael J. Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes a while to set in, but is full of hidden treasure.
When The Black Crowes went on hiatus in 2001, the result was very bittersweet. They released a lackluster album (Lions), there were constant fights, and they simply weren't selling... Read more
Published on August 5, 2009 by Parkansky
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This might upset people, but this album is actually better then certain Black Crowes Records. I love Katie Dear and Silver Car. This really is a great passionate record. Read more
Published on January 10, 2009 by PAC MAN
5.0 out of 5 stars CHRIS REACHES DOWN TO HIS SOUL AND POURS IT OUT
I've had this CD FOR quite some time and just got another because of one of my favorite tracks ("Ride") is skipping, so I need another copy. Read more
Published on October 23, 2008 by phub467
3.0 out of 5 stars Same voice new sound
I love robinson's voice. I think he is an awesome vocalist. I thought this album was a little weaker than the stuff with his brother. Read more
Published on September 9, 2008 by J. Warren Benton
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
I love Chris, so I love this cd. TBC is my favorite band so anything that they put out I buy. But it is a good cd, so buy it!
Published on May 25, 2008 by Melissa Bone
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