Big Moon Ritual - The Chris Robinson Brotherhood
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  • Summary: The debut album for the music project led by the Black Crowes' Chris Robinson features tracks that are over seven minutes long.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Every once in a while, the results can be more enjoyable than the main event (see Stephen Stills' Manassas). And this may be true of CRB.
  2. Jun 8, 2012
    80
    There's ample sustenance for the heart as well as the head. [Jul 2012, p.68]
  3. 80
    With his new Brotherhood, he's finally found the ideal vehicle to indulge his taste for "Cosmic California Music".
  4. Jun 12, 2012
    60
    While one man's easeful rock odyssey is another's slow descent into torpor, it'd be hard to deny how expertly Robinson and his band negotiate the trip.
  5. Oct 12, 2012
    60
    The sense of the singer reclaiming a little of himself with these meditative jams is unmistakable. [Jul 2012, p.109]
  6. Jun 25, 2012
    60
    [The album has] the loose, zonked-out flangey FX/claivnet/Rhodes piano vibe of Goats Head Soup, with strong flavours of Flying Burritos country songcraft. [Jul 2012, p.82]
  7. 50
    Regardless of how popular Big Moon Ritual may prove to be for fans of the jam, one can't help but feel Robinson's talents as gospel shouting rock 'n' roller are being squandered here.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jun 18, 2012
    7
    The "Big Moon Ritual" songs indeed fulfill the criteria of rock, but its dimension is at least progressive and sometimes - as seen on the example of even the longest, growing steadily "Tulsa Yesterday", or having a funky groove, drawing from different genres "Rosalaee" - which moreover have been very skilfully arranged. Expand