by The Black Crowes



It takes guts to assume the mantle "the most rock 'n' roll rock 'n' roll band in the world," but the Black Crowes have all the right moves -- not to mention the right spirit -- to live up to that boast. Lions, the band's sixth full-length album, conveys both sensuality and spirituality, toughness and tenderness, with a dexterity reminiscent of the Stones at their early-'70s peak, Chris Robinson and company are entirely capable of churning out boozy, bluesy foot-stompers like "Miracle to Me" and "Ozone Mama" that require the listener to do nothing more than surrender to the groove. But where their earliest records bordered on the one-dimensional, the band has sent off some beautiful, far-reaching shoots in recent times. "Young Man, Old Man," for instance, rolls along on waves of percussion as primordial as the Mississippi hills that served as its inspiration. The sprawling closer "Lay It All on Me," on the other hand, wraps a decidedly modern (and surprisingly mature) worldview around a complex melodic spiral. As ever, Rich Robinson borders on the unconscious in tossing off perfectly tailored riffs, including those that vein the slyly stuttering "Lickin' " and the danger-fraught "Midnight from the Inside Out." In refusing to bow to prevailing trends of lunk-headed hard rock and faux-street attitude, the Black Crowes may seem like an endangered species. But there's more than enough life in Lions to bode well for their survival.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/08/2001
Label: V2 North America
UPC: 0638812709127
catalogNumber: 27091


  1. Midnight from the Inside Out
  2. Lickin'
  3. Come On
  4. No Use Lying
  5. Losing My Mind
  6. Ozone Mama
  7. Greasy Grass River
  8. Soul Singing
  9. Miracle to Me
  10. Young Man, Old Man
  11. Cosmic Friend
  12. Cypress Tree
  13. Lay It All on Me

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Lions 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album kicks from the beginning and to the end!! Don't be misled by magazine charts and such..go out and get this is a real GEM!!! This is Black Crowes at their best!!! It's got some light stuff in it but the album is mostly HUGE GUITARS baby!! Cypress Tree is one of the best songs on the album if I were to pick one...Also Catch a Lickin is awesome to...So many...Thats what makes this a REAL Album!! All the songs are GREAT!! If you are any kind of a music fan, this CD will stay in your player for a long time!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Say what you want about the Black Crowes, (''sho enuff'' going down as one the the top 10-20 bands of all time, which is without argument), & their evolving style ala Metallica (ticking off so called ''die hard'' fans who really end up being junkies of one or two early albums & never understanding real human music, that it must change & grow over time as the band members change, grow & age). The Black Crowes will always please & surprise fans, Lions is no exception. Even ''weaker'' albums like Three Snakes & One Charm (which has some seriously hardcore licks on it if you listen) & Amorica (which I thought was incredible, especially the two soft tracks 9: Wiser Time & 11: Descending) are better than the pure dung since Nirvana died, (w/the exception of the Oasises, Pearl Jams, Buckcherries, STPs, BECKs, Radioheads & Three Doors Down, etc). Cancel all the damn Creed & Matchbox 20 kiddie concerts & let the Black Crowes & Oasis upcoming tour wash your blood clean & your musical sins away...shame on everyone for still failing to recognize the Crowes as being right up there w/other great bands that I ALSO know every song & note by like the Eagles, Floyd, Zepplin, The Stones, Nirvana, STP, Soundgarden & on & on
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, I drifted from the Black Crowes shortly after the Southern Harmony & Musical Companion album. I heard a couple of the new tracks on the radio, and I had to check out the rest of the album. Boy, does this give a the rock-n-roll class of 2001 a real kick in the _ss !!!! Time to check out the backlog of Black Crowes CD's for the past 10 years...
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a long time Crowes fan, I have to say that this is my favorite BC album. it is more textured and diverse than some of their other albums. I like all the crowes albums, probably least of which is Three Snakes One Charm, which still isn't that bad. I really hope these guys get back together, because they proved with this album that they still have a lot left in them. Rich's riffs are as clever and heavy as ever, i'm sure touring with Jimmy Page didn't hurt, and Chris displays his amazing vocals, proving himself one of the greatest frontment in rock. They pull off both the straight ahead rockers as well as the ballads, and they have long ago "traded their black feathers for a crown." Brilliant album.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago