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Happiness Bastards

The Black Crowes

Happiness Bastards

Ninth album, and first in fifteen years, from the Atlanta, Georgia rock band produced by Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Patty Griffin)

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  1. 9.0 |   Spill Magazine

    The band sounds young and hungry again with their knives out like they have something to prove after a fifteen-year break
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  2. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    The record doesn’t break any new ground, but it walks familiar paths with confidence
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  3. 8.0 |   Albumism

    The LP’s lead single “Wanting and Waiting” hits the band’s niche sound in their unique way of effectively creating a song that would have charted just as easily in 1979, 1986, or 2004
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  4. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A surprisingly lively and assured comeback. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Tapping myriad trusted influences yet distilling something uniquely corvine, it's a thrilling return. Print edition only

  6. 7.3 |   Paste Magazine

    It’s a respectable collection of bluesy rockers that showcase the brothers’ strengths.
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  7. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    The biggest takeaway might be that this is certainly not a band whose best days are behind them. One can only hope for more to come
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  8. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    The Robinson brothers’ greatest successes have been with the Black Crowes. Perhaps that’s why they agreed to reunite for this album, finally (but no doubt grudgingly) admitting that they do their best work when they’re playing together
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  9. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    The Black Crowes’ Happiness Bastards gives us ten good reasons to believe that rock and roll is still a long way from the graveyard
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