Shake Your Money Maker Review

artist: black crowes date: 01/18/2010 category: compact discs
black crowes: Shake Your Money Maker
Release Date: Jan 1990
Label: American
Genres: Rock & Roll, Hard Rock, Southern Rock, American Trad Rock
Number Of Tracks: 10
Shake Your Money Maker may not be stunningly original, but it doesn't need to be; it's the most concise demonstration of the fact that the Black Crowes are a great, classic rock & roll band.
 Sound: 8
 Lyrics: 8.3
 Overall Impression: 8.7
 Overall rating:
 9.2 
 Reviewer rating:
 8.3 
 Users rating:
 10 
 Votes:
 7 
reviews (3) 1 comment vote for this album:
overall: 10
Shake Your Money Maker Reviewed by: JackWhite1988, on september 14, 2006
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Sound: Like a gun shot this album starts with "Twice As Hard". After that we go on a ride that takes us into a classic blues influenced heaven. This was the first album to be released by the Black Crowes and it's their highest selling album. Their sound is like The Rolling Stones in the early '70s. In fact they borrow heavily from that same style of chording and melody. The band is very roots rock oriented and they make it marketable again in the early '90s after the glam-metal fallout. // 10

Lyrics: Lyrically, this album can stand on it's two feet. These are traditionally arranged rock songs. The best example of Chris Robinson's writing comes from "She Talks To Angels" which received exceptional airplay. Being that the songs are mainly about songs of longing, possible regret and contemplative regret, the slow blues rhythm supplied by brother Rich Robinson gives the listener plenty of reasons to feel emotional. Chris Robinson's swaggering delivery as a blues/soul influenced vocalist compliments what they tried to accomplish on this record. // 10

Overall Impression: This album was more of a radio-friendly effort than their later efforts which became more traditional, jam rock albums. This album isn't entirely original being that this sounds like a throwback to The Rolling Stones and possibly The Faces. The Black Crowes however do an exceptional job of convincing the listener that what they're listening to could easily be confused as classic rock which they aren't. The shining tracks are "Jealous Again", "She Talks to Angels", "Twice As Hard" and the Otis Redding cover "Hard To Handle". The rest of the album holds up to the standard of these tracks however. // 10

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overall: 8.3
Shake Your Money Maker Reviewed by: Sloopy, on october 23, 2006
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Sound: Shake Your Moneymaker made the Black Crowes the Black Crowes. With it's thumping riffs and smooth vocals it defined a point in time where rock 'n' roll was slowly dieing and fading into obscurity. The sound on this album is reminscent of a Lynyrd Skynyrd or Allman Bros. record because of it's home-grown Southern style. The way that the Crowes used classic sounding riffs to make modern day hits is amazing. Overall the sound is good, but not great and in some ways could have used a few pump ups. // 8

Lyrics: The lyrics are straight-ahead rock n roll lyrics about girls, cars, and money, although they do slip in some credible lyrical msaterpieces such as "She Talks to Angels." The lyrics are fine, but not the best but for a debut record they sounded great and really meshed well with the squealing guitar riffs of the band. I think having one brother write guitar riffs (Rich Robinson) and the other one writing lyrics (Chris Robinson) really helps create that synergy of words and music. Not to shabby on the lyrics boys but you can always get better. // 8

Overall Impression: Shake Your Moneymaker is a wonderful record. Unfortunatley due to poor career management, the Black Crowes would slowly spiral into nothing as they released albums that pulled away from classic rock n roll sounding to a more modern and polished approach. "Twice As Hard," "Hard To Handle," "She Talks To Angels," and "Struttin' Blues," are my favourite tunes on this record but then again, every song on this album was a bit of a hit. If someone stole it of course I would go hunt them down and get it back, but then again I don't blame them for stealing it because it is such a great album. If only their follow-up could have been so great. // 9

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overall: 6.7
Shake Your Money Maker Reviewed by: BrainDamage, on january 18, 2010
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Sound: There is nothing really new and exciting in terms of sound on this album. This was the Crowes' debut, and they came out of the gate running with high energy rock and roll reminiscent of The Rolling Stones and The Faces. Influenced by folk musician Nick Drake, rhythm guitarist and primary songwriter Rich Robinson made use of open tunings on many of the tracks on this album, and while the compositions are not exactly intricate, there is no doubt that there is a good deal of solid blues rock to be found. That said, I'm not too impressed with the mix of the album. I think it sounds a little sterile overall, especially when compared to the band's sophomore effort- The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion -which is about as raw and full of life as you could hope for from a blues rock album. // 6

Lyrics: While not exactly the highlight of Chris Robinson's lyrical career, there are some definite standouts, such as Sister Luck, Seeing Things, and She Talks To Angels. His vocal performance, however, is very strong throughout, with the aforementioned Sister Luck and Seeing Things regarded by some as two of the best vocal performances of his career. // 7

Overall Impression: Overall, Shake Your Money Maker is a solid debut album. Despite the fact that there are a lot of good songs on this album, I still believe that it falls in the middle of the pack when compared to the rest of the band's career, namely the stellar run of albums that they would release over the next few years. The standouts in my opinion are Sister Luck, Could I've Been So Blind, Seeing Things, and Stare It Cold, with an honorable mention going to my personal favorite song on the album- Struttin' Blues. // 7

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