I just heard on the radio that the Black Crowes broke up. I really feel this is a loss to rock music. They were a solid band that played good ol' fashioned, soulful boogie rock 'n' roll. They weren't the most earth-shatteringly brilliant creative force in the universe, but I was glad to have them around. My breakdown of their albums: Shake Your Moneymaker- one of the greatest debutes ever. Catchy hooks, lots of groove, fantastic sound. Southern Harmony and Musical Companion- their best. How can you not groove to Remedy? Thorn in My Pride- one of my favorite ballads. Sometimes Salvation, Good Luck Blue Eyes- Chris Robinson at his best. Amorica- this one is debated over a lot. I like it. They are stretching out here, injecting some other influences in the tunes, but still writing solid songs. Very underrated album. Three Snakes and a Charm- this is my least favorite, and I got rid of it. Good Friday is the only song on here that I like. The rest sounds silly (Nebakanezer? WTF?), disjointed. Most importantly, the songs aren't SONGS. By Your Side- A return to their hook-filled, swinging roots, and welcome one at that. Not as strong as the first two, but I like it. Lots of fun. Lions- I don't know what the hell they were thinking on this one. This sounds like they forgot to mix the album. It's like there are just a bunch of pieces of songs all over the place, but no actual songs. The album sounds like one of those "behind the scenes" things that you can only get when you're a member of the fan club. Awful. W/ Jimmy Page- Zepellin and blues tunes. Lots of fun for fans of Zep and the Crowes. The Black Crowes are best when they have songs. I know they jam when they play live, which is cool, but their studio albums need melodies and real soul to hold my interest. Even though their last few albums are spotty, they were still cool. No rap, no metal, just rock music. As the Rolling Stones were one of their biggest influences, it is probably the old Jagger-Richards conflict that hit the Crowes: Chris Robinson's marriage to Kate Hudson made him a Hollywood celebrity. His brother just wanted to rock. Of course, this is just a guess. Hopefully they'll get together one day and jam again. After all, this marriage thing isn't going to last. And let's face it, what are they gonna do now? Chris Robinson was the main personality of the band; are they gonna try and get a new singer? They're not popular enough right now for people to accept it. On Chris' side, he's a great singer and all, but the musical success of the group was because of the great sound they had. Is anyone going to care about a Chris Robinson solo album? Frankly, I'd be much more interested in hearing the Black Crowes with a new singer than that. Ah, the perils of rock 'n' roll.