, the Black Crowes
began developing a distinctive sound, shading their Stonesy
Southern boogie with a variety of rootsy and psychedelic overtones. But where Amorica
was rich with kaleidescopic colors, Three Snakes and One Charm
is stripped-down and direct. Sure, it has a punchy, muscular sound that is, if anything, more eclectic than its predecessor, but the production is distressingly monotonous and the songs lack strong hooks. Even with its faults, Three Snakes and One Charm
is a winning album, mainly because the Black Crowes
' musicianship continues to deepen -- the musical fusions and eclecticism are seamless, particularly from lead guitarist Rich Robinson
. Their musicianship would be even more impressive if the songs were equal in quality.