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Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players) pressing. Universal. 2008.
"Now I've traded my black feathers for a crown," sings Chris Robinson, and the vibrant, roaring music on Lions supports his claim to rule the jungle. Working with producer Don Was, the Black Crowes make bold sonic leaps forward, sounding both heavier and more nuanced simultaneously. In the mid-1990s, the Crowes' attempts at experimentation were much less successful, often sounding forced, or worse--underdeveloped. With 1999's By Your Side, the band seemed to make a conscious attempt to strip it all down and get back to basics. Lions continues that resurgence and thanks to Was's influence, builds mightily on that foundation. The good-time swampy swagger is still the defining factor but for the first time the sonic colouring enhances the tunes as opposed to sapping them of their energy. All the songs flow together, giving the album a cohesion that previous efforts have lacked, and Was generates a bold, vivid sound. And yes, it does seem quite conducive to loud volumes. --Marc Greilsamer
Top Customer Reviews
This diverse release plays well from front to back. It's raw and loose and beautiful and will have you all over the map. From an opener that recalls the classic Crowes blues-rock from albums past to toe-tapping, can't-stop-smiling tunes like Soul Singing and Ozone Mama to extended jam-and-reflect-on-life tracks like Miracle to Me and Lay It All On Me, every track on this album is pure sugar.
If you play Exile on Main Street and Physical Graffiti from front to back and love every minute of them, then this disc is for you. If on the other hand you enjoyed "Kickin My Heart Around" and are looking for similar singles, you might want to look into earlier Crowes albums, especially "Shake Your Money Maker," because Lions just isn't a singles-oriented disc.
It may be clichÃ©d, but for the Black Crowes it really has been a long strange trip. They completely startled the world with their 1990 debut ï¿½Shake your Money Makerï¿½, and now in 2001 it looks like they are going to do it again with ï¿½Lionsï¿½. In the years in between they have released 4 very varied albums, both in critical acclaim and sales. They have been kicked off a worldwide tour with ZZ Top for not towing the Budweiser sponsorship line. Their story has ranged from the ridicules to the sublime, heady and dangerous, a line up of changing musician that would make Spinal Tap look stable, and sometimes thrillingly out of control. Musically itï¿½s been peaks and troughs, but ï¿½Lionsï¿½ finds them on the very crest of a wave.
On the opening track ï¿½Midnight from the inside outï¿½ Chris Robinson blares forth after the guitar feedback locks into a guitar chugging rhythm with an opening salvo of ï¿½Here where angels never sleep / The waterï¿½s dark and deep / and you breath molassesï¿½. The effect is excruciating, clammy, sweaty, exhilarating - all rolled into one. It sounds like Walking Street should do at midnight.
For itï¿½s part in the proceedings, ï¿½Lionsï¿½ is a wholly remarkable C.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Lions... one of the most under rated CD by the Black Crowes. If you love the Black Crowes, then you will love this CD. If you Love pure ROCK and ROLL with a little Soul... Read morePublished on July 19 2005
You might hear complaints about selling out or glossy production effects, but in a weird way, this might be the Crowes best album. Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by hangar-eighteen
If this is to be the last album the Black Crowes ever put out, I will say they went out on a very high note. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2003 by train
By far the BEST Crowes album without Marc Ford. Better than three snakes too...Published on Oct. 2 2003
If this is indeed to be "The Crowes" last album, it's a good note to go out on. The entire band seems very at ease and you can tell. Read morePublished on July 28 2003
As the proud owner of all the Crowes albums, this is one of their best. The album got so-so reviews from the critics, but I truly can't understand why. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2002
One of the best albums in the world! evry damn song is like a dream...
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Talk about a rock and roll album... This is it. The Crowes hit all the perfect notes on this CD. Reminiscent of Led Zepplin, The Black Crowes spared no bullets. Read morePublished on July 20 2002
Well, I remember rushing out and buying LIONS last year. It took a few spins to grow on me, overall, it's a really good cd, too bad the Crowes are on "hiatus". Read morePublished on June 3 2002 by T. A Molina