Unheard of Treatment for a Black Crowes CD

The March issue of Maxim magazine offered a nasty review of the new Black Crowes album Warpaint. But it turns out that the reviewer never actually listened to the CD before he wrote the review.

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

The current issue of Maxim magazine carries a devastating review of the new Black Crowes album, "Warpaint." They sound pretty much like they always have, wrote someone with the initials D.P., boozy, competent and in slavish debt to the Stones, the Allmans and the Faces.

(Soundbite of music)

The CD received two and a half stars out of five, not much to, you know, crow about for a band that's sold over 20 million albums, but there's at least one glaring problem with the review. The so-called reviewer could not have heard the album. Advance copies were not available at the time the review was written.

The Black Crowes have lashed out at Maxim on their Web site. That's the equivalent of a punch in the nose these days. Band manager Peter Angelus says the magazine told him that the review was an educated guess. What's next, asked Mr. Angelus, Maxim reviews of shows they never attended, book reviews of books they never read and film reviews of films they've never seen? I don't know. Let's see how the focus groups respond.

Coming up, our man Howard Bryant reviews the 2008 Cubs-Devil Rays World Series and a sneak peek at "Godfather IV." Stay tuned.

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