As co-founder of The Black Crowes, guitarist Rich Robinson enjoyed mass success very early in his career. At the youthful age of 17, Robinson wrote the songs on the now-famous Black Crowes debut Shake Your Money Maker, which sold millions of copies in the â€˜90s. Since then, his career has spanned all types of genres and included countless collaborations.
Through a Crooked Sun is Robinson’s second solo project, and it includes support from Joe Magistro on drums and percussion and Steve Molitz on keyboards, among others. It is a throwback to the â€˜70s; an album that is more rock ballad than rock anthem, his gifted skills on the guitar shine. There is something sweet and simple in his voice, without the coarseness that carried his brother and The Black Crowes to widespread acclaim. A melancholy album with soul, songs like â€œBye Bye Babyâ€ are touching: â€œThe prodigy of my youth is now broken, Leaving what’s left beneath the stars.” Perhaps a cynical lesson and hopeful perspective brought after success at such an early age?
Through a Crooked Sun is Rich Robinsonâ€™s best solo attempt yet, and it appears that his success will continue.
Through a Crooked Sun is out now on Circle Sound/Thirty Tigers.