“Before the Frost…Until the Freeze” is the latest opus from The Black Crowes, an ambitious project divided into two parts totaling twenty new studio tracks. Kudos to the band for not stabbing fans in the back with the trendy bullshit “deluxe” editions of the CD release. The “Before the Frost” CD includes a card allowing access to download the “Until the Freeze” mp3s for no extra charge. The entire project was recorded in just five nights in front of a live studio audience, explaining the audible applause at the end of each track. Also very cool – the CD looks just like an LP.
To put my review in perspective, my top three favorite Black Crowes records are: “By Your Side” (1999), “Shake Your Money Maker” (1990), and “Three Snakes and One Charm” (1996). I believe this year’s release is going to be my fourth favorite.