The Black Crowes are lashing out at Maxim magazine for reviewing the band's new album — apparently without actually hearing it first.

The review, published in Maxim's March issue, gives the Crowes' "Warpaint" a rating of 2 1/2 stars out of five.

"The writer — who has not heard the album since advance CDs were not made available — wrote what appears to be a disparaging assessment anyway, citing, 'it hasn't left Chris Robinson and the gang much room for growth,"' said a statement on the band's official Web site.

The band's manager, Pete Angelus, said the magazine explained that its review an "educated guess." A representative for the magazine would not confirm or deny to The Associated Press whether the writer actually listened to the album.