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Who needs to review the actual record anymore?

OK, I am no Chris Robinson sympathist, but this is kind of ridiculous. The beacon of human culture that is Maxim magazine recently ran a review of the new Black Crowes album, Warpaint, giving it a paltry 2.5 stars out of 5. Well, the problem lies in the fact that, apparently, Maxim nor the review's writer could have even heard the album yet. Yes, advance copies don't even exist and the Black Crowes' manager says Maxim told him they took an "educated guess". Yes folks, an "educated guess" on the contents of an entire album. Pitchfork, the bar is raised.


HAHA that is the funniest thing I have heard all day. Just you know, a hypothesis that its only 50% decent.

I was going to post something on this, too, Erik, but you beat me to it.

I think what caught the Black Crowes' attention was that he gave the record a 2.5 star review. Jim Derogatis wrote that there was a sign up at Rolling Stone when he was there that said "3 Stars Is Never Having to Say You're Sorry". If they followed that rule, I bet no one would know.

I'm feeling kind of naive and foolish because I take the time to listen to every CD I review.

You know what the obvious next chapter in this is now this is becoming a news story? Maxim will apologize, review the album for real, and give it a 1.5. I bet the Black Crowes won't be sending out press releases then.

What a shameful thing to print. I don't know... I guess I take my reviews seriously and try to devour a record before I write a single word on it. How silly am I? I obviously don't know what it's like to be a REAL music writer. :)

I haven't read that one (not a Maxim fan), so maybe they were just giving the IDEA of a new Black Crowes album 2.5 out of 5. Which, really isn't much of a rating. 2.5 is like saying you accept the albums existence but can't be bothered to qualify it with an opinion.

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