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Robinson, Rich - flux [2016]
Ex The Black Crowes Lead Gitarrist Rich Robinson, der zusammen mit seinem Bruder Chris Robinson (Chris Robinson Brotherhoodd" das zentrale Gerippe der "Krähen" bildete, kommt mit einem neuen, enorm starken Solo-Album, von dem er selbst sagt, es sei sein bislang "rundestes" und vollendedstes. In der Tat ist Rich in famoser Verfassung. "Flux" bringt uns eine knapp 60-minütige Reise durch die Landschaften des bluesigen, Gitarren-orientierten Rootsrocks, Southern Rocks, klassischen American Rocks, mit einem Hauch von Americana, Psychedelic und wunderbaren, jammigen Momenten. Erdig, schön "gritty" und ausgetattet mit bestens strukturiertem, erstklassigem Songmaterial liegt diese Musik näher an der der guten alten The Black Crowes, als je zuvor. Und das kommt einfach klasse. Vor allem der stetig zu spürende Southern-Esprit ist einfach großartig. Zudem war Rich Robinson gesanglich nie besser, ganz zu schweigen von seinem blendenden Gitarrenspiel. Gleich der erste Song, "The upstairs land" ist eine "Killer"-Nummer. Was wir hören, ist ein toller, ganz dezent swampig angehauchter, leicht schwüler, dennoch durchaus lockerer, einen unmittelbar gefangen nehmenden Groove, dazu exzellente Gitarren, eine prächtige Orgel-Untermalung und, bei einem überaus kraftvollen Refrain, ein ordentlich "heavy" in Szene gesetztes, psychedelisches Gitarrensolo in der Mitte. Die Nummer bleibt klasse hängen. Toller Song und gleichzeitig der Auftakt für 13 vielseitige, ganz großartige Stücke, die, jedes für sich, ihren ganz eigenen Reiz ausüben. Wie zum Beispiel der erdige, flockige, hinreissend melodische, von Rich gesanglich hervorragend vorgetragene und mit herrlichen Lead Gitarren (die zweite Lead Gitarre spielt hier im übrigen Blackberry Smoke's Charlie Starr) gespickte, astreine Southern Rocker "Music that will lift me", das schön funky groovende (klasse E-Piano, feurige Wah Wah-Gitarren) und mit einem tollen, wieder leicht psychedelisch wirkenden (Wah Wah)-Solo aufwartende, kernige "Eclipse the night", das mit lockerem Pianospiel und feinen Gitarren inszenierte, Americana-mässige, dabei wieder voller Southern-Flair steckende, sehr auch an die Musik seines Bruders Chris und die späten BlackCrowes erinnernde "Time to leave", das wunderbar psychedelische "Astral", der von mächtigen Basslines und glühender E-Gitarre durchzogene Bluesrocker "Which way your wind blows" oder das mit seinen wuchtigen Riffs gar an Led Zeppelin erinnernde, einen prächtigen Album-Abschluß bildente, fette "Sleepwalker". Von vorn bis hinten ist das ein super Album! Ganz klar: Rich Robinson ist an einem neuen Höhepunkt seiner "after Black Crowes"-Karriere angelangt. "Great"!

Die Original-Produktbeschreibung:

With Flux, Rich Robinson presents his most accomplished solo album to date--13 new, original songs that draw deeply on his diverse roots. A blues-rock odyssey straight from Robinson's soul, the guitarist returned to Applehead Studios in Saugerties, NY, the recording facility that has become his creative hub. Nestled away within Woodstock's famed artist enclave, Robinson's work at the studio has yielded Woodstock Sessions, The Ceaseless Sight and now Flux. The entire writing and recording process, explains Robinson, is the driving force for his creativity. I love being in the recording studio, states Robinson simply. It fuels the desire to create within me. I enjoy watching it unfold. Each development fires another idea and in the end you have this organically created song that seeming came out of nowhere. It brings me such joy and peace. It never ceases to amaze me.
Flux showcases a rich variety of tempos, tones and guitar tunings, ranging from the vibrant swagger Robinson first popularized with the Black Crowes to the rich, evocative allure evident in songs such as Sleepwalker and Ides Of Nowhere. Those were great examples of songs transforming from little ideas I originally had. Both just came alive when I had the band with me in the studio. They weren't anything like what I had first envisioned. It was exciting to experience that process.
Robinson's creative process within the recording studio shaped such standout Flux tracks as Music That Will Lift Me, the album's first single. I am always excited by the creation itself, Robinson explains. I used the studio to specifically write that song. I had these parts written but it started to unfold once I got to Applehead Studios. I later wrote the lyrics in Nashville and it had really evolved into something special. Brimming with redemptive spirit, Robinson's vocal and guitar work shine throughout. Joining him on the track is Charlie Starr of Blackberry Smoke who lends guitar alongside Robinson's own.
Backed by musicians Matt Slocum (keys), Marco Benevento (keys), Danny Mitchell (keys) Zak Gabbard (bass), Joe Magistro (drums / percussion), and vocalists John Hogg and Danielia Cotton, Robinson transports the listener with a powerful collection of music. From the groove-laden feel of opener The Upstairs Land, the kick of funk via Shipwreck, and the gospel swell of Everything's Alright, to the emotional build-up of Life and the hearty stomp of closing track Sleepwalker, Flux ebbs and flows through moods, delivering a varied listener experience.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. The Upstairs Land - 3:15
2. Shipwreck - 3:57
3. Music That Will Lift Me - 4:00
4. Everything's Alright - 5:49
5. Eclipse The Night - 3:27
6. Life - 4:42
7. Ides Of Nowhere - 4:03
8. Time To Leave - 4:58
9. Astral - 4:51
10. For To Give - 4:15
11. Which Way Your Wind Blows - 6:20
12. Surrender - 4:25
13. Sleepwalker - 5:25

Art-Nr.: 9203
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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The upstairs land
Music that will lift me
Eclipse the night
Time to leave
Astral
Which way your wind blows
Sleepwalker

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Robinson, Rich - the ceaseless sight [2014]
Baumstarkes, neues Album des The Black Crowes Co-Finders und Gitarristen Rich Robinson, mit dem er endgültig aus dem Schatten seines Bruders Chris tritt.

Ein begeistertes U.S.-Review:

The Ceaseless Sight is the third solo album from The Black Crowes founder member Rich Robinson recorded last year at Applehead Recording, Woodstock, New York. His solo albums have been few and far between, possibly because they only come along when the Crowes are on hiatus, but perhaps that’s a good thing, because they are always a treat, well worth the wait. As songwriter Robinson has always driven the Crowes forward with an unmistakeable sound, and it’s magnified here as he steps out of brother Chris’s frontman shadow and takes the spotlight himself. He’s accompanied by Joe Magistro (drums) and Marco Benevento (keyboards), and by guest vocalists Amy Helm and Katrine Ottosen, and Steve Molitz, who plays keys on “Down the Road.”
I’m struggling to pick a standout track because it’s one of those albums that just flows as one cohesive piece of work. That said, there are numerous influences. One Road Hill, featuring guest vocalist Amy Helm, with it’s folky hand-clapping conjures up images of playing guitars round the campfire. I Remember features the kind of blues guitar that seems to read your soul and translate your feelings into the purest of sounds. The same can be said for Robinson’s voice on In You. He has a far less rough, rocky voice than his brother, and on this song it’s plaintive, wistful and thoroughly beautiful. The guitar solo on Down The Road is probably as all out rock as the album gets, which is fitting as this is also the track which gives the album its name, “Past land and lakes and vista ‘scapes, ceaseless sight on the horizon.” This Unfortunate Show is the most Black Crowes like track, with percussion, keyboards and voice building into the catchiest chorus on the album, and guest vocals from Katrine Ottosen adding another element.
Special mention should also go to the album artwork. Often with reviews we listen to a digital download, but in this instance I had the chance to hold an actual CD in my hand and pore over the accompanying booklet. It’s very basic, just song lyrics and production information, but lots of thought has clearly gone into its sepia toned, soft focus cornfield photography, blended on the cover with original artwork by Marq Spusta, and inside with a flowing font and simple filigree which work with the music very well.
In short, this is that rare treat, an album where every track is a piece in a puzzle, put them together and you have something I’ll be listening to for a very long time. Which is good, because it’ll probably be a long wait for the next Rich Robinson album! I don’t give full marks to many albums, I like to think 4/5 gives you something to work towards, but I just can’t justify not giving this album the full 5/5. (Planetmosh)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. I Know You - 4.13
2. Down The Road - 4.11
3. One Road Hill - 4.17
4. The Giving Key - 5.45
5. This Unfortunate Show - 3.46
6. In Comes The Night - 4.15
7. Inside - 4.00
8. I Have A Feeling - 5.30
9. I Remember - 3.49
10. In You - 5.14
11. Trial And Faith - 5.40
12. Obscure The Day - 4.52

Art-Nr.: 8585
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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