Lions - The Black Crowes
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  • Summary: 'Lions' continues to build on the sound established in 1999's 'By Your Side,' with this outing produced by Don Was.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Lions is indeed a truer expression of the Crowes' potential: adventurous songwriting ensconced in a blues- and funk-inspired swagger.
  2. 80
    Their latest, Lions, gets back to basics without going backward; the brothers Robinson are still ripping off the classics, sure, but they've expanded the history lesson from the Small Faces and Humble Pie to sharpening the attack with Zeppelinesque tricks and modern rock energy.
  3. Deeply original? No. A rollicking, sing-along good time? Yes.
  4. There's precious little of the extravagant muso twiddling and indulgent nonsense that has waylaid the band sometimes in the past.
  5. When the Crowes stumble into the right place, they soar. Indeed, at its best, their sixth album delivers the same streamlined pleasures that the group rediscovered on 1999's By Your Side.
  6. With the exception of 1999's By Your Side, which showed flashes of the band's original brilliance, in recent years the songwriting of brothers Chris and Rich Robinson has deteriorated into a muddled mess of hard rock cliches. Lions is the low point of that decline.
  7. 'Lions' is widdle-smothered great-grandadrock shite that Hendrix could whack off in ten minutes today, despite being dead. Pumped full of funk-rawk formaldehyde to stop the choruses dropping off, it boasts all the originality of a cloned baked bean and about as many tunes as a tractor makes trying to get out of a ditch.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. BenF.
    Jul 26, 2001
    10
    I thought that 'Lions' brought the Crowes into a completely new arena of rock music. The way that the guitars are out-of-tune in I thought that 'Lions' brought the Crowes into a completely new arena of rock music. The way that the guitars are out-of-tune in "Losing My Mind," makes me feel like I'm actually losing my own mind. I love stuff like that. A complete musical experience. The music would tell the story even if there were no lyrics. Expand
  2. KenI
    May 3, 2007
    10
    Great album. More hard Rock than other Crowe's albums.
  3. nt
    Aug 26, 2001
    10
    whoever doesnt like this cd is an idiot go but it today
  4. AC
    Oct 18, 2004
    10
    The Crowes light has always shone and this album is a glorious reminder of that fact. These guys know how to rock and they do it better than The Crowes light has always shone and this album is a glorious reminder of that fact. These guys know how to rock and they do it better than anyone out there today. I love this cd. For fans of true rock n roll, this album will be a sure fire hit. Rock on, brothers! Expand
  5. JasonM
    Nov 29, 2005
    10
    I feel sorry for the critics who dissed this CD. HA HA HA It must be true... with their fancy words I wonder if they enjoy life ?! I feel sorry for the critics who dissed this CD. HA HA HA It must be true... with their fancy words I wonder if they enjoy life ?! Anywho....WOW !!! I just can't get over this music. Does anybody else hear how 'Midnight' starts off so bad but then turns into a great song? And the next song 'lickin' is kinda stange?( my wifes favorite btw) and the rest of the record is just KILLER !!!!!!!! WellI think I know why. To put off the critics! HA HA HA HA HA "Baby don't ya see... the jokes are on you" INDEED !!!!!!!! my Souls' Singin' ..... critics can't make your soul sing ......AMEN .....Gone......... Expand
  6. MarkB
    Feb 12, 2005
    9
    I basically heard the black crowes backwards and im just now at lions and its one amazing album, i find myself searching tabs everytime i I basically heard the black crowes backwards and im just now at lions and its one amazing album, i find myself searching tabs everytime i hear the songs so i can play along with the cd. the black crowes are very underestimated, i think theyre the only guys out there that sound like this today, lbasically polished classic rock. much respect Expand
  7. AxeS.
    Mar 4, 2008
    7
    The Crowes continue their foray into alternative rock (three snakes part II). 'greasy grass river', 'losin my mind', and The Crowes continue their foray into alternative rock (three snakes part II). 'greasy grass river', 'losin my mind', and 'cosmic friend' rank among the band's best songs. the whole album has a psychedelic feel, due in part to the post-post modern album artwork. like most Crowes albums, though, there are a couple of clunkers on lions. Expand

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