The Black Crowes - Warpaint (4 stars)

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The Black Crowes - Warpaint

(Silver Arrow)

ROCK

The Black Crowes’ initial explosion here in the early 90s was intense but short-lived. They’re now, like those other American stalwarts Pearl Jam, a huge cult band here not to mention legends in their homeland. This, their first full album in seven years following a number of false starts and ‘lost’ albums is by-the-book blues rock’n’roll in the hugely derivative, hugely enjoyable style only this Georgia quintet (well them and the Stones) know how.

The addition of Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars into the fold has added a another dimension to their sound, a taut line of blues guitar working as a keen foil for Chris Robinson’s blustery rock flourishes. Warpaint is deep, rootsy, and filled with hippie hokum that might evoke cringes in some in the context of our grimy urban landscape but is beautifully crafted, utopian escapism for us believers.

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