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Southern Harmony & Musical Companion Import
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|10. Time Will Tell|
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Black Crowes ~ Southern Harmony & Musical Comp
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Throughout the tracks, the Crowes reach full groove -- filling all the sonic space. The musicianship is awesome and it's clear the band was enjoying this time in the studio. Chris Robinson's energy is at typical peak, and I find his singing is filled with immense warmth and passion, ironic considering almost all of the lyrics appear to be bitter jabs (a' la Dylan) against a former lover. After years of returning to this one, it's clear it meets the ultimate test of Album Rock, which is improvement over time, like a fine wine.
It's still a pretty good album, though.
Opening with the gritty hard rock of "Sting Me", "Harmony" mixes Rolling Stones-like rockers with Faces-like ballads, and while the production is often too dense and messy and, well, grunge-like (ew!), most of the songs hold up quite well.
The two best-selling singles off "Harmony" ("Remedy" and the ballad "Thorn In My Pride") were only minor Billboard hits, and none of them cracked the top 40, but the album itself debuted at #1, and that's a pretty good picture of "Harmony". It's a solid album with very few bad songs, although if truth be told there aren't too many truly excellent ones, either.
"Harmony" is not an album filled with hits, and overall it doesn't hold up quite as well as 1990's well-crafted "$hake Your Moneymaker". But it is still better than what the Crowes have been putting out since the mid-90s.
In truth, I could gush about any of these songs and they fit together really well, too. There's a running theme of dealing with addiction and related relationships. From the confusion of mixed feelings and the double-edged message in the opener "Sting Me" to the redemption of the Zeppelinesque electric slide of "My Morning Song," this is a completely cohesive, compelling album.
The last song is actually a faithful and soulful cover of Bob Marley's "Time Will Tell" with its poignant lyric, "Think you're in heaven but you're living in hell."
This is ("was" I guess I should say) a top-notch band that played old-school rock with their own modern sensibilities. Even the backup singers on this album are outstanding. I'm here to tell ya, these guys are very, very good.
The Black Crowes burst onto the music scene in the late 80s with "Shake Your Money Maker" and its first hit release "Hard to Handle," a blues original by Otis Redding. That tune was impossible to ignore on its own merit, but being that it was released when techno pop, video starlets, and big hair bands ruled the air waves, this hit from the raw and raunchy southern white boys stuck out like a sore thumb. The Black Crowes most audibly earned their seat in the genre of Southern Rock and raised the bar for all other applicants since.
The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion is their second offering, originally released in 1992 and digitally remastered ten years later. Many artists as a rule suffer from sophomore slump, but the Black Crowes didn't make this mistake. In fact, their second release totally smoked the first one, IMO. The energy level, the songwriting, the playing, the production, all of it comes together to make for one of the most solid kick-ass record releases of the 90s.
There was the usual rumor swirling around the Crowes-talk of drugs, booze, movie star wives and girlfriends. And what was that thing between the Crowes and fellow Georgia homeboys, Third Day? Christian alternative band Third Day tipped their hat to the Crowes' influence on their tune Black Bird. What was that about? Perhaps we'll never know, but I found this particularly intriguing, seeing how one rarely hears Christian bands acknowledging musical influence from anything worldly.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
wasnt to impressed with the album wasnt near as good as shake your money maker as some one who likes to rock the album was a little to mellow for mePublished on June 27 2013 by jets
Right from the early 70's but made in the 90's Great album. It's rock, hard, bluesy a bit of everything. Great vocal on track 5 : Sometimes Salvation.Published on Feb. 14 2010 by Sebastien Harbour
WOW!!! you don't have this CD either??? What are you waiting for? This CD is filled with Great Tracks. Read morePublished on July 19 2005
This is an awesome CD. Every song is a winner. My personal favorite is Hotel Illness with the great harmonica work, but I do not fast forward thru any of the songs. Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by Bobby Eff
This is the definitive modern southern rock album. This band followed the path paved by the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Charlie Daniels(who lives a few mins from me)and they showed... Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by Jack Barrett
This opening line tells you everything you need to know. Lock up your daughters, batten down the hatches and get ready for a ho-down. Read morePublished on March 11 2004 by Paul Gargan
This is my favorite album of all time! The grooves that the Crowes lay down is unparalleled. It's one of those rare albums that you can put on and listen to all the way through. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2003 by margaritaking
In my opinion there are only a handful of recent major works (Pumpkins-Siamese Dream, Chili Peppers-Blood Sugar Sex Magik, etc. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003 by Howard Rogers