Title - ‘Flux’
Artist - Rich Robinson
For those not in the know Rich[ard] Robinson is an American musician and founding member of the rock and roll band The Black Crowes. Along with older brother Chris Robinson, Rich formed the band in 1984 (originally called Mr. Crowes Garden) while the two were attending Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia. Indeed, at aged just 15, Rich wrote the music to what would become one of the band’s first singles; "She Talks to Angels".
With Flux, Robinson presents his most accomplished solo album to date. Sure that‘s been said before, and by many others in the business, and might well have been said to his face also, but these all-new, all-original 13 songs are truly really that good. Drawing deeply on his diverse roots, the blues-rock odyssey is a collective genius work of musical art.
Indeed, to get his mind frame situated, 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.”
In closing, and once again, for my money, with each release Robinson grows and expands on a great career, and this record is the high water mark thus far. I am a huge Crowes fan and have loved each of Rich's solo efforts. Paper was a fantastic album, Through a Crooked Sun was even better, and The Ceaseless Sight is an incomparable experience throughout. But Flux is, well, it’s just completely flawless. Simply brilliant.