The Black Crowes : Before the Frost …

black_crowes_before_after.jpgRecorded in Levon Helm’s studio in Woodstock, New York, The Black Crowes’ disc Before the Frost … also includes a largely acoustic companion download, … until the Freeze. Both are excellent examples of the power of American roots-rock stylings.

Beginning with "Good Moning Captain," the Crowes set the tone in front of a live audience with some good ole rollicking rhythm and blues. "Been a  Long Time ( waiting on Love)" has vocalist Chris and lead guitarist and brother Rich Robinson delving into southern blues via British rock rave ups a la The Rolling Stones and Faces. "What is Home" and "Appaloosa" find a new confidence and swagger inside the Black Crowes emerging acoustic background.

Produced by Paul Stacey, Before the Frost … displays urgent material like "Houston Don’t Dream About Me," in which guitarist Luther Dickinson shines alongside guest string bender Larry Campbell. This is destined to be one of the Black Crowes best efforts ever, and a gold mine find for 2009.      

Before the Frost … and … Until the Freeze are out now on Silver Arrow Records.