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Classic Album Review: Chris Robinson | New Earth Mud

The Black Crowes frontman becomes the unwitting protagonist of an age-old story.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


It’s an age-old story:

Cool rock star marries hot young starlet. Cool rock star takes hot young wife on the road with rockin’ band. Soon, cool rock star no longer feels the same about band. Doubtlessly encouraged by hot young wife, cool rock star decides to quit band and go solo. Cool rock star cuts hair, grows ugly Tom Green-style goatee and starts writing introspective romantic ballads about how much he loves hot young wife. Cool rock star moves to Paris to record rootsy, soulful album short on rockers and long on syrupy glop like Safe In The Arms Of Love, Could You Really Love Me?, Untangle My Mind and Katie Dear. Album includes DVD with acoustic performances and documentary featuring shot of wife gazing adoringly into cool rock star’s eyes as he sings romantic lyrics to her. Suddenly, cool rock star isn’t so cool anymore. Thankfully, there’s still hope. After all, this cliche story almost always ends the same: Rock star eventually breaks up with hot young wife, reunites with old band and makes the kickass album he’s been suppressing all these years. Suddenly, rock star is cool again. It’s only a matter of time.