"Well, the Black Crowes, it's its own kind of thing," Robinson said. "It's a little more restrictive in a sense. Going out on my own, doing my own thing lets me touch the ground on things I normally don't do."
Mostly, he said, that's lyrics. Robinson has typically been the driving force musically behind the Black Crowes, while his brother wrote the lyrics and sang lead vocals.
"Doing the album represents a whole other side of creativity I don't really get a chance to deal with much," he said.
Robinson called "Through A Crooked Sun" a cathartic experience.
"I know journalists focus on the negative," he said. "It's a big selling point. But it's really about the positive. That's my take on it. I did go through some things. I did go through a divorce. There were tumultuous times."
Robinson split from his wife, former model Emma Snowball, in 2005, but he came out on the other side and remarried. He said he's in a better place than he used to be.
Some of the ideas for the songs on the album came from dealing with the negative, but a lot of it is about learning from his mistakes, growing.
"I think you can write when you're going through a tough time, and you can write when things are good," he said. "Both, I think, have their place.
"Sadness and struggle can be a kind of springboard for creativity, but you get that through struggle," he said. "Positivity is an amazing force. It can spark a creative period in one's life and it can be unfettered."
Lately, life is pretty good. Robinson just got back from a tour in Europe and is looking forward to taking the record out on the road in United States.
"I love the band," he said. "We're really kind of gelling. It's really great."
As far as the Black Crowes, he's not thinking a lot about them right now.
"We're on a break," he repeated.
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