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This review is from: Amorica (Audio CD)
This is one of those albums that I don't know if a band can plan. It seems like it was born out of a multitude of songwriting and jam sessions. Its mood is so loose and organic that it plays like some desperate plea of subconscious expression. Its tone is reminiscent of Neil Young's Tonight's The Night. Both are moody, primal, and have an almost urgent quality to their production.
Amorica, stylistically, is quite eclectic. It has hints of Santana's west coast sound and delta blues and southern rock and country twang. Yet its eclecticism works in its favor; this is a layered album with bursts of energy, originality, and that freewheeling vibe for which the Crowes are known.
The guitar duo of Marc Ford and Rich Robinson delivers wonderfully nuanced beds of acoustic and electric. The rhythm section is taut and always reliable; Ed's piano fills are sweet; and the icing is Chris Robinson's born-to-be-a-friggin'-rock-and-roll-singer voice. And his lyrics are pretty damn good, too!
Highlights include the opener "Gone," "Wiser Time," "Nonfiction," "High-Head Blues," and "Cursed Diamond."
An absolutely amazing album that defies categorization.
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Initial post: Apr 24, 2012 10:45:29 PM PDT
J. Blocker says:
nice review, on an album that is in my all time top ten. I kind of liken it to the Stones Exile on main street. This by far is my favorite album by them. I loaned this album too a friend when I first bought it in 95. He immediately said it sucked. I had too listen too it a couple of times too truly appreciate its genius. I think my friend just didn`t get it. Its an album u either love or hate. Kind of similar between Stone Temple Pilots Purple album and the difference with tiny gift album. That album I had too listen too a couple of times to make sure it was the same band. U know that is the signature of a good creative band too hang on too. And so is this album.
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