The Black Crowes – Croweology [Album Review]

by Woody on September 14, 2010

I am an unabashed Black Crowes fan. I don’t know if it’s widely accepted in the hipster world, but I could care less. These guys have been churning it out for 20 years and their recent material is just as as strong as ever. As the Crowes head into another hiatus, they enter it this time on a high note with the release of Croweology, an amazing retrospective on their career. Spanning their entire collection, the brother Robinson and crew capture the live sound on something akin to an Unplugged set. Recorded live in the studio, this is stunning look at an amazing career.

Old songs all sound fresh in their new setting. The end of “Non-Fiction” is pure beauty followed by the romping “Hotel Illness.” The near 20-minute combo of “Ballad In Urgency” into “Wiser Time” is flat out amazing. And lest I forget about my favorite Crowes tune of all time, “My Morning Song” which absolutely sparkles as an acoustic number. Luther Dickinson’s slide work combined with the backing vocals reveals a sound reminiscent of something you’d hear at a revival.

Croweology should serve as a wake up call to bands out there today. Recording live is the way to go. The songs are full of life and sincerity and they’ll have  you grinning from ear to ear. Not to equate our live sessions with this amazing piece of work, but I almost always enjoy the live studio cuts more than the meticulously produced album cuts. Too many producers just get in the way of insanely talented musicians.

Okay, I’ll hop off my soapbox and leave you with this. Pick up this album from one of the best bands of our generation.

Video: The Black Crowes – Jealous Again (live on Jimmy Kimmell Live)

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Sir Indie September 15, 2010 at 7:33 am

Wish I could’ve been there…the live performance looks AWESOME!


Brock September 16, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Glad to see the Crowes on here, I am an unabashed fan as well. You’re not totally alone…..almost alone, but not totally alone.

Mike September 21, 2010 at 7:51 am

The Crowes are a pillar of Americana. No reason to apologize for that – ever.

And Luther is the man.

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