June 10, 2019 Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Servants Of The Sun (Album Review)
Born from a simple desire to spread the joy of music to California locals, Chris Robinson Brotherhood is a jolly five piece band fronted by, you guessed it, the one and only Chris Robinson of Southern Rock darlings The Black Crowes.
A project far from the hard rockin’, Blues-based melodies of The Black Crowes, Chris Robinson Brotherhood fearlessly deliver a Grateful Dead inspired collection of happy tunes that take listeners on a voyage into bohemian sounds and carefree vibes. It all started for Chris Robinson Brotherhood back in June of 2012 with the release of their debut LP, Big Moon Ritual. From there, Chris Robinson Brotherhood took off and would release their second album, The Magic Door, merely three months following the release of their debut album. Over the last seven years, Chris Robinson Brotherhood have made a name for themselves by continuing to release new music every few years and have garnered a nice buzz as an inspiring live act.
Today, Chris Robinson Brotherhood are stoked to announce their brand-new album, Servants Of The Sun, will be released on Friday, June 14, 2019 via Silver Arrow Records. Following up 2017’s Barefoot in the Head, Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Chris Robinson (Vocals/Guitar), Neal Casal (Guitar), Jeff Hill (Bass), and Tony Leone (Drums) – took a different approach to get the creative juices flowing this time around. For Robinson himself, the jubilant singer used his imagination to transport Chris Robinson Brotherhood to a venue such as The Fillmore and craft a batch of songs that would all be well-suited for a live performance. Commenting on the creative energy, Robinson stated: “The best thing about the CRB after all this time is that no matter what we’re going through, when there’s a new piece of music that everyone is interested in, the entire band gets in there and goes for it.“
Go for it they did, as the Chris Robinson Brotherhood offer ten new vibrant tracks that will make fans want to go to a summer music festival and dance all day with flowers in their hair. Hold onto that beautiful image, as Servants Of The Sun is kicked-off by the light, upbeat rhythms of “Some Early Delights.” Elevating the senses, Robinson’s soulful vocals pour a euphoric feeling into the mind and body. Coming in next, “Let It Fall” is purely a jam band delight, while “Rare Birds” dishes out lively sounds and a free spirit. Not about an internet browser, “Venus In Chrome” is a jovial examination of the heart being caught off guard.
A nicely done ballad, “Stars Fell On California” takes the listener on a meditative exploration into the mystery of moving forward in life no matter what happens. Moving along, Chris Robinson Brotherhood continue to charm on the debut single “Come’n Round The Mountain” before the seven minute Southern Rock symphony titled “The Chauffeur’s Daughter.” As Servants Of The Sun gets ready to set in the west, “Dice Game” finds a silver lining in each day as “Mad Hatter Rose Interlude” and the cosmic eulogy of “A Smiling Epitaph” turn the last page of this rousing songbook.
Penning soundscapes that stir up memories of The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers Band, Chris Robinson Brotherhood shine once again as Servants Of The Sun. From start to finish, Servants Of The Sun is an enjoyable collection of songs that leave a bit of an open door to interpretation – and that is never a bad thing. Picking up a copy of Servants Of The Sun should be on the list of every Chris Robinson Brotherhood fan come the 14th of June. For these reasons, Cryptic Rock gives Servants Of The Sun 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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