The Black Crowes Warpaint
- Released: March 3, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Megaforce
Rolling Stone - pp.55-563.5 stars out of 5 -- "On WARPAINT, the driving force is the blues....Together with new keyboard player Adam MacDougall, Dickinson and Rich Robinson give some of the songs a feel close to those of the Allman Brothers or Derek and the Dominos."
Uncut - p.873 stars out of 5 -- "WARPAINT rocks, all the more thrillingly for its utter guilelessness..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.100"Highlights include lighter-waving sing-along 'Wounded Bird'; big-screen Americana 'Whoa Mule'...and TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION via DESPERADO 'There's Gold In Them Hills'..."
Harp (magazine) - "WARPAINT reasserts the band as a rock powerhouse. Rich's riffs and Chris' soul-drenched vocals are wrapped in hooks and innuendo, but the x-factor is the addition of guitarist Luther Dickinson..."
- 1.Goodbye Daughters Of The Revolution
- 2.Walk Believer Walk
- 3.Oh Josephine
- 5.We Who See The Deep
- 6.Locust Street
- 7.Movin' On Down The Line
- 8.Wounded Bird
- 9.God's Got It
- 10.There's Gold In Them Hills
- 11.Whoa Mule
The Black Crowes: Chris Robinson, Steve Gorman, Sven Pipien, Adam MacDougall, Luther Dickenson, Rich Robinson.
Audio Mixer: Paul Stacey.
Illustrator: Joshua Marc Levy.
Photographer: Matthew Mendenhall.
Before anyone had heard a track from WAR PAINT, the Black Crowes' seventh studio outing, it had already kicked up a PR firestorm. Either by deciding to forego listening to it or by obtaining a leaked download, Maxim Magazine panned the record before they even had an official promotional copy. These aging neo-hippies found themselves as unlikely defenders of the teetering music industry by publicly defaming Maxim and demanding an apology. They got it. Maxim ate, er, crow. Having taken shots since their debut record for their unabashed derivative revivalism, the Crowes seem to be a band that functions best when beleaguered.
Fortunately, WAR PAINT is worth the tussle. After a decade-plus on the jam band circuit, the Robinson brothers return to form, gleefully ripping off the Rolling Stones. The lead-off track, "Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution," with its swinging beat and raunchy slide--courtesy of Mississippi All-Star and new Crowe Luther Dickinson--recalls "Let it Bleed." "Oh, Josephine" echoes the weary, processed guitar tones of "Waiting On a Friend." They even ape the Stones aping Gram Parsons on the beautiful, country-tinged number "Locust Street." WAR PAINT occasionally finds the band stretching out into a looser, more natural vibe, as on "Whoa Mule," the closer, augmented by elements of freak-folk and reportedly recorded outside the band's Catskills studio. All told, this is the band's best album since THE SOUTHERN HARMONY AND MUSICAL COMPANION.
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