Big Moon Ritual

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's hard not to read the name of Chris Robinson's second post-Black Crowes venture as a jab at his brother Rich: the brothers brawled through two incarnations of the Crowes in the '90s and 2000s, and only now has Chris found his Brotherhood, now that he has once again parted ways with Rich. Of course, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood also strikes up a communal hippie vibe on their 2012 debut Big Moon Ritual, an album they recorded after touring for nearly a year, so it bears all the scars of the road along with a healthy disregard of clock and calendar. It is, as they say, how these things used to be made: bands used to tour forever, then roll themselves into the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's hard not to read the name of Chris Robinson's second post-Black Crowes venture as a jab at his brother Rich: the brothers brawled through two incarnations of the Crowes in the '90s and 2000s, and only now has Chris found his Brotherhood, now that he has once again parted ways with Rich. Of course, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood also strikes up a communal hippie vibe on their 2012 debut Big Moon Ritual, an album they recorded after touring for nearly a year, so it bears all the scars of the road along with a healthy disregard of clock and calendar. It is, as they say, how these things used to be made: bands used to tour forever, then roll themselves into the studio, knock out a session, then head back out on the never-ending road. It also happens to be how the Crowes closed out their career, cutting the exceptional 2009 LP Before the Frost…Until the Freeze live in front of an audience at Levon Helm's upstate New York barn, and Robinson picks up that thread here, channeling that loose live spirit within the studio. Perhaps the Brotherhood is a shade too loose -- "Tulsa Yesterday" opens with its sprawling 12 minutes and no song dips below the seven-minute mark -- but the time passes smoothly as the music ebbs and flows, never diving into a grimy, gritty murk but rolling across a pretty, hazy sunset. Surely, it's steeped in the '70s -- so much so there are analog synthesizers straight out of A Clockwork Orange -- but there isn't a self-conscious retro-revival here; the Chris Robinson Brotherhood spends their time doing what comes naturally, and the music flows easily, even alluringly, as they jam with no care of when they began or where they will end.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2012
  • Label: Silver Arrow Records
  • UPC: 020286198741
  • Catalog Number: 7
  • Sales rank: 1,197

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tulsa Yesterday - The Chris Robinson Brotherhood (11:54)
  2. 2 Rosalee - The Chris Robinson Brotherhood (9:05)
  3. 3 Star or Stone - The Chris Robinson Brotherhood (9:32)
  4. 4 Tomorrow Blues - The Chris Robinson Brotherhood (7:07)
  5. 5 Reflections On a Broken Mirror - The Chris Robinson Brotherhood (7:37)
  6. 6 Beware, Oh Take Care - The Chris Robinson Brotherhood (7:46)
  7. 7 One Hundred Days of Rain - The Chris Robinson Brotherhood (7:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Robinson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Neal Casal Guitar, Vocals
George Sluppick Drums
Mark Dutton Bass, Vocals
Adam MacDougall Keyboards, Vocals
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Thom Monahan Producer, Engineer
Alan Forbes Artwork
Bruno Borges Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    I have to admit that this album came as a complete surprise to m

    I have to admit that this album came as a complete surprise to me. Turned out to be a perfect summer on-the-road soundtrack, reminding me of late 70's Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers Band. More contemplative than the Chris's earlier work with Black Crows but his voice still is the highlight, as soulful and familiar as ever.

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