Sound — 8
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.
Lyrics — 8
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.
Overall Impression — 9
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.