New Earth Mud (with Bonus DVD) Import
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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.
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?
-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.Read more ›
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I enjoy the CD, but when I received this package the Bonus DVD was not in the package. Music, good; contents of package, badPublished on April 29, 2014 by gordon
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 morePublished on October 24, 2013 by dddrock
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 on August 25, 2013 by Martina Liwulanga
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 on December 20, 2012 by S. Berry
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
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 morePublished on August 18, 2009 by Michael J. Walker