Amorica

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This article is about the Black Crowes album. For the name given in ancient times to the part of Brittany, see Armorica.
Amorica
The original cover of the album, which features visible pubic hair. Editions sold by big box retailers have airbrushed out the hair.
Studio album by The Black Crowes
Released November 1, 1994 (1994-11)
Recorded May–June 1994
Genre Blues rock, hard rock
Length 54:13
Label American
Producer Jack Joseph Puig
The Black Crowes chronology
The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
(1992)
Amorica
(1994)
Three Snakes and One Charm
(1996)
Censored cover
Censored version of the cover

Amorica is the third album by The Black Crowes. It was released in late 1994 on American Recordings and re-issued in the US and UK in 1998 with two bonus tracks. The album was banned from some stores like Walmart and Kmart, due to its sexually explicit album cover, which features a woman's crotch wearing a United States flag thong with pubic hair sticking out. The picture was from the cover of a July 1976 Hustler magazine. The image was replaced with a black background which only featured the triangle.[1] Amorica eventually reached Gold status in the United States, shipping 500,000 copies.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B−[3]
NME (8/10)[4]
Q 4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau (dud)[5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[6]

In July 2014, Guitar World magazine chose Amorica as one of "50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994".[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Chris Robinson and Rich Robinson.

  1. "Gone" – 5:08
  2. "A Conspiracy" – 4:46
  3. "High Head Blues" – 4:01
  4. "Cursed Diamond" – 5:56
  5. "Nonfiction" – 4:16
  6. "She Gave Good Sunflower" – 5:48
  7. "P.25 London" – 3:38
  8. "Ballad in Urgency" – 5:39
  9. "Wiser Time" – 5:33
  10. "Downtown Money Waster" – 3:40
  11. "Descending" – 5:42

Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Song of the Flesh" – 3:45
  2. "Sunday Night Buttermilk Waltz" – 2:46
  3. "Tied Up and Swallowed" - 4:16

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1994 Billboard 200 11

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1994 "A Conspiracy" Mainstream Rock Tracks 5
Modern Rock Tracks 23
1995 "High Head Blues" Mainstream Rock Tracks 8
"Wiser Time" Mainstream Rock Tracks 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morse, Steve (March 23, 1995). "The Black Crowes: Rock rebels take home-grown spirit on tour". The Boston Globe. p. 18. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Amorica at AllMusic
  3. ^ Eddy, Chuck (4 November 1994). "Music Review: 'Amorica' Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Black Crowes - Amorica CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: The Black Crowes". RobertChristgau.com. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Evans, Paul (3 November 1994). "Amorica". Rolling Stone. 
  7. ^ "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994". GuitarWorld.com. July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 

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