In a quick response to save their reputation, Maxim magazine has released a statement regarding The Black Crowes' album, "Warpaint" that they reviewed without actually listening it in its entirety. Editorial Director James Kaminsky apologized to the readers, admitting a policy breach.
"It is Maxim's editorial policy to assign star ratings only to those albums that have been heard in their entirety," the editor said in a published statement. "Unfortunately, that policy was not followed in the March 2008 issue of our magazine and we apologize to our readers."
"Warpaint", the Crowes' first album in seven years was given two-and-a-half stars out of five while in fact an advance copy was not available. According to the band's manager, Pete Angelus, the review in Maxim was an "educated guess".