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Amorica (Clean)
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Amorica (Clean)
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All Artists: Black Crowes
Title: Amorica (Clean)
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 9
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Original Release Date: 1/1/1994
Re-Release Date: 11/1/1994
Album Type: Clean
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Blues Rock, Jam Bands, Rock Jam Bands, Southern Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 093624300120

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WHY this is essential Crowes
Charles A Galupi | Euless, Texas | 05/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"No, it didn't sell millions. No, it didn't have a nice, radio friendly hit exactly. But this album contains some of Chris Robinson's best lyrics... heck, some of the best lyrics EVER put on a rock and roll record! And Chris sings every note, every word with the right amount of sass or soul or lilt or power to get his point across. And the band delivers some of the best music it ever put to tape to help him do that. Drugs would destroy Marc Ford on the next record, but he shines on this one, along with Eddie Harsch's brilliant keyboards (the organ intro on "She Gave Good Sunflower" and the beautiful piano work on "Descending", he can do it all), Steve Gorman's driving drum work (don't kid yourself, he is to this band what Charlie Watts is to the Stones; listen to "Wiser Time": yes, he does that ALL live, too) and Johnny Colt's thundering bass. And the man who does all the rest, the Keith Richards to Chris' Jagger, the criminally under-rated Rich Robinson... lordy, lordy, lordy. What a BAND!The songs veer a little between here and there. "Gone", "Conspiracy" and "High Head Blues" kick off the album with great sleazy giant guitar driven slabs (with a little Latin backbeat on "Gone" and "High Head"), then lad into the slower "Cursed Diamond" and sad, reflective acourstic "Non Fiction" (better that that "angels" song they play on the radio, both of them) then into the playful "Sunflower", the talk box driven "P.25 London", and the crowning point of the album, "Ballad In Urgency" which slides into "Wiser Time". These two songs are woth the price alone. When CR cranks up for the screaming chorus on "Wiser" ("And on a good day/ I know it's not every day/ We can part the sea/ And on a bad day/ I know it's not every day/ Glory beyond our reach")you WILL find youself shouting yourself hoarse right along with him EVERY TIME. And then the album ends with the playful blues ala Taj Mahal of "Downtown Money Waster" and the shimmeringly beautiful "Descending."It's not a dark record like Southern Harmony is, but it's not as light as Money Maker... this is the Black Crowes Rocks {Aerosmith} or Exile on Main Street {Stones}. This is the Crowes at their sleazy, gritty best."
The Crowes' Masterpiece
cdecastr@usc.edu | Los Angeles, CA | 08/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

""The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion", which followed the Crowes' massively popular debut album, "Shake Your Money Maker," showed some musical and lyrical growth, and showcased new-found guitar whiz Marc Ford. However, it was with "amorica." (If it appears "amorica." on the cover, why do people spell it otherwise?) that The Black Crowes fully realized their potential as a band. The result was the deepest, most soulful, amazing CD the Crowes have ever produced.However, of course, critics at the time of its release panned it as nonsensical hippy rock, lacking the "fire" of "SYMM". If by "fire" they meant simple hooks and substance-free lyrics, "amorica." certainly lacked fire. The sound on "amorica." ranges back and forth from the trippy ("Gone") to the dark ("Cursed Diamond") to the uplifting ("She Gave Good Sunflower") to the simply beautiful ("Ballad In Urgency/Wiser Time"). The Crowes, on this album, sacrificed catchy hooks for musical diversity and beauty, and the result was lower sales, but a much higher CD-replay value.Of course, the album didn't really lack fire. In fact, it was their most fiery album to date, in the emotional sense. The album is a flowing emotional journey, from "A Conspiracy"'s tainted love ("Be my conspiracy," a somewhat tongue-in-cheek way of saying that love isn't always great.), to the dark depths of "Cursed Diamond" ("I hate myself, Doesn't everybody hate themselves, I scare myself, Then I tell myself it's all in my mind, So I let the poison go, 'Cause I always know, It will be there for me"), to the plead for love of "She Gave Good Sunflower" ("Be the sun that bursts through my clouds, it's hard enough just livin' on this ground."), to the lessons learned from "Wiser Time" ("Tired but wiser for the time."), to the impending doom of the strangely beautiful "Descending" ("So help me baby, I'm descending again."). "amorica." is an emotional journey, an honest, pure expression of the band's collective soul and where it was in this point in their lives.If you're looking for "Hard to Handle" and "She Talks to Angels" all over again, look elsewhere. If you're looking for deep, emotionally-impacting, diverse, soul-felt music, "amorica." is your best bet, not only of the Crowes' catalog, but perhaps your best bet, period."
The Crowes most beautiful best
Charles A Galupi | 03/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Lyrics, rhythms, choruses, uplifting climaxes, and down in the dirt depressing moments, this is the crowes all encompassing tour de force. Southern Harmony was great in its own right, but the line up(i.e. Ford and Harsch) was just warming up. Marc Ford is at his best, long bending notes that leave you hanging on for your life, incredible jams with rich and the gang. You can't go wrong, this is one of the great albums of the past 20 years if not all time. Descending, She Gave good sunflower (their greatest song title and one of their greatest songs as well), Non fiction, Conspiracy, Wiser Time, Ballad in Urgency, Gone, Cursed Diamond. Damn this album is good. Oh yeah, I forgot, High head Blues. Peace."