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The Black Crowes put on their ‘Warpaint’

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

“Warpaint” Silver Arrow

4 stars of 5

It’s been seven years since The Black Crowes released a new album and in that time much in the music world has changed. Thankfully, other than a few members of the band, The Black Crowes have not. The Robinson brothers have been able to put aside past differences and manage to tour together and make new music once again. Their blues-rock sound is still intact and their song-writing skills are as sharp as ever ” evidenced on “Warpaint,” the bands latest release.

To me, the Black Crowes have always sounded more like they belonged in the era of Led Zeppelin and The Who than in today’s modern scene. “Warpaint” is rich in musical arrangements, lyrics and just good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. At some moments in songs like “There’s Gold In Them Hills” and “Who a Mule” it sounds more like Chris Robinson’s solo effort with New Earth Mud, while songs like “Goodbye Daughters Of The Revolution” and “Oh Josephine” sound more like classic Crowes.

They’ll probably never top their first album, “Shake Your Money Maker,” but they are far from hitting bottom.

” Charlie Owen, High Life writer

“Yael Naim” BMG/Arista

3 stars of 5

If you’ve watched TV in the past two months then you’ve no doubt ran across an Apple computer commercial featuring the song “New Soul” by Yael Naim. “New Soul” is a sweet, fun and poppy song and it sticks in your brain like cold oatmeal ” unlike the rest of Naim’s self-titled album.

This CD dropped throughout the rest of the world late last year but was just released here in the states this month thanks mostly to Apple computers. It’s really quite a brave and interesting project featuring songs written by Naim in French, Hebrew and English. There is a simple folk-pop elegance and feel to the entire album, which only contains two standout songs ” the aforementioned “New Soul” and a remake of Britney Spear’s “Toxic.”

It may not be a classic album, but that being said, “Yael Naim” has a strange appeal to it. Maybe its Naim’s alluring and playful voice, the mystery of the French and Hebrew lyrics, or the moonlit jazz club sensuality of the music ” but I’m glad it made its way across the ocean to our land.

” Charlie Owen, High Life writer

“Robotique Majestique” Trashy Moped Recordings

4 stars of 5

Listening to Ghostland Observatory it’s hard to believe that two guys from Texas are making all of that noise. There is an almost epic quality to “Robotique Majestique,” the duo’s latest electronic soul-rock release. Aaron Behren’s vocals hit like a sledge hammer, bringing back the glamorous and high-pitched glory days of David Coverdale and Freddie Mercury.

In a way, “Robotique Majestique” is a throw-back to the crazy electronic dance bands of the ’80s like Duran Duran and Depeche Mode but it sounds entirely new and daring instead of being just another copy-cat retro act.

At its heart Ghostland Observatory is rock ‘n’ roll style and force mashed into a gritty paste with big dance hooks and beats. It’s a great escape for anyone who needs to breakdance while they rock out.

” Charlie Owen, High Life writer

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