Before the Frost... Until the Freeze

Before the Frost... Until the Freeze

Reunited and inspired, the Black Crowes brought a notable amount of new material with them to the Band’s Levon Helm’s studio in Woodstock, and cut everything live in front of an appreciative audience. The guys are in fine form with Larry Campbell adding some choice fiddle, pedal steel and banjo where appropriate. They use their full rock vocabulary and then some. Tracks such as “Good Morning Captain,” “Kept My Soul” and “So Many Times“ trace the band’s blues and gospel roots, while “What Is Home” pays homage to the their early-‘70s folk roots, with its sweet CSNY-type harmonies and fingerpicked instruments (mandolin, banjo) creating a bucolic spell. “I Ain’t Hiding” skirts ‘70s disco. “Garden Gate” tricks up bluegrass. “And the Band Played Om” riffs on the Beatles. “Houston Don’t Dream About Me” flirts with ‘70s country-rock, while “Roll On Jeremiah” goes for straight C&W. “The Last Place That Love Lives” channels that wasted acoustic folk-soul that Chris Robinson knows or so well.

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