Phosphorescent Harvest

Album Review of Phosphorescent Harvest by The Chris Robinson Brotherhood.

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Phosphorescent Harvest

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Phosphorescent Harvest by The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Release Date: Apr 29, 2014
Record label: Silver Arrow Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Rock & Roll, Retro-Rock, Jam Bands

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Phosphorescent Harvest - Mediocre, Based on 2 Critics

AllMusic - 50
Based on rating 5/10
50

Phosphorescent Harvest is the third full-length offering from the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Their debut, Big Moon Ritual, was soaked in various tried-and-true retro-rock tropes that allowed them to "jam" in lengthy tunes -- none under seven minutes -- and worked in that context. The Magic Door followed three months later. It traded on a more orderly frame of vintage rock and blues, though it did play host to the 13-minute-plus Grateful Dead-esque post-psychedelia of "Vibration & Light Suite." Phosphorescent Harvest attempts more formal songwriting while simultaneously letting the freak flag fly in trying to evoke the spirit of vintage California rock.

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American Songwriter - 40
Based on rating 2/5
40

Over the years the Black Crowes’ catalog reflects diluted, diminishing returns. What started out as a strutting combination of rugged Faces’ boogie and soulful Southern rock, ultimately dissipated into a band going through the motions, albeit one with the potential for another gem. On-again/off-again Crowes reunions, and the many live albums that have resulted from them, bear this out.

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