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.