12 Songs, 48 Minutes


Mastered for iTunes


Mastered for iTunes

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
36 Ratings
36 Ratings

Don’t expect it to sound like The Black Crowes

Rich, Marc, John, and co. push the boundaries with imaginative songwriting. The result is an album that feels familiar and unfamiliar in equal parts. Many of the songs on this album have a powerful mystique and still manage to feel organic and real. There’s not a bad song on the album and my personal favorites are High Water, For The Wind, Colorblind, Take It All, Can You See, and Open Up.
Mary The Gypsy is a fantastic opener and screams Draw The Line era Aerosmith.
High Water creates a mystical blend of acoustic guitars and harmonies that border on entrancing.
Send Me An Omen is the most “Crowesy” song on the album and is even better live.
For The Wind...I absolutely adore the quiet acoustic verses bookended by some of Rich’s heaviest riffage...ever.
Sister Moon...another one that can only be described as mystical, as if Pink Floyd married Nicks era Fleetwood Mac.
Colorblind is a beautiful song lyrically and musically (and a killer outro solo by Rich, albeit short) and comes at a perfect time...it could be my favorite on the album, however the next song will have something to say about that.
Take It All - wow. This song has all the swagger of SHMC era Crowes but with admittedly better slide work than we would’ve had in those years...think One Cop Story.
Walk On Water... Marc and John share lead vox on this one. This one, to my ear has a strong Aerosmith vibe also (especially live).
Hand In Hand - think Downtown Money Waster but better... John channels his inner Rod Stewart on this one and it works perfectly.
You Found Me, my least favorite here. I think it goes on too long and doesn’t really build...it just meanders...it’s not a bad song and has some beautiful moments, just not for me.
Can You See features Rich on lead vox and has a very Stonesy swagger...great lyrics here too.
Open Up is a perfect album closer and leaves you wanting more. A slow intense groove gives way to a transcendental chorus and leaves you wishing 2019 wasn’t so far away.
Overall - 95/100. The album had to grow on my a bit, and first listen it was probably around 80-85. I appreciate that this band stepped outside the box and while not everyone will like that, there’s something to be said about artists pushing themselves 30 years into their careers and make it work.

Minkey Beans

An Absolute Masterpiece!

Actual music written and performed by artists/artisans expressing their unique perspective... the question for you, follow listeners - Will you know the mark of true genius, an absolute masterpiece? Well... it’s The Magpie Salute’s HIGH WATER I

Lame reviewer

Loaded with good songs

Title of this review is "Loaded with good songs". Why? Because saying "Has SOME good songs" would sell it WAY short. To say "Loaded with GREAT songs" would be overselling it. Accurate description is "LOADED with GOOD songs". In my heart, I miss the other Robinson brother, but my ears are thrilled to hear the magic chemistry of the two GUITAR BROTHERS (Marc & Rich)! Unbelieveble that they wrote & recorder twice as many solid songs (but are holding back the second half for a future release). Very impressive!

About The Magpie Salute

American rock collective the Magpie Salute were born out of a brief reunion between former members of the Black Crowes, but their undeniable chemistry led to a longer term project. In 2016, Rich Robinson, former guitarist and co-founder of the Crowes, was asked to perform and record for the Woodstock Sessions project; having taken part as a solo act in 2014, Robinson decided to form a loose collective with former Black Crowes members Marc Ford (guitar), Sven Pipien (bass), and Eddie Harsch (keys). Although the sessions consisted mainly of covers, the long-standing chemistry of the musicians convinced them to pursue new material once the show was over. Unfortunately, in November of the same year, Harsch passed away at the age of 59. Robinson recruited drummer Joe Magistro, guitarist Nico Bereciartua, lead vocalists John Hogg and Charity White, and background singers Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen to fill out the lineup. The Magpie Salute were ready for their first proper live show in early 2017, and they performed at the Gramercy Theatre in New York. Their eponymous debut album arrived just months later in June 2017. ~ Liam Martin

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