Shake Your Money Maker review by The Black Crowes

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  • Released: Mar 5, 2002
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 10 (7 votes)
The Black Crowes: Shake Your Money Maker

Sound — 10
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.

Lyrics — 10
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.

Overall Impression — 10
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.

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