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What can I say? this is the album where they successfully melded the wonderful hard rock of the first two albums with the delicate acoustic sound of Led Zeppelin III. The obvious example of the mixture is the well-known classic Stairway to Heaven , a famous epic that starts as an acoustic song that changes into hard rock near the end. The album has more songs to offer, and they don't seem inferior.

Black Dog features great call and response between Robert Plant's wailing vocals and the unforgettable guitar riff invented by Jones. Rock and Roll is just what its title suggests, but it's of such high-quality that it's not a low-point of the album, especially if you enjoy that oldie style. The Battle of Evermore stands out a bit, being a mandolin-driven epic about Lord of the Rings that features a guest vocalist who does a terrific job. Misty Mountain Hop unfortunately doesn't deliver and sounds awkward, but four sticks is a groovy song with Bonham playing a complicated rhythm and the song even features a prog rock-style synthesizer. Going to California is a folk song that would be a highlight to Led Zeppelin III if put there. It features some of Robert Plant's best singing. When The Levee Breaks is a hard rock/blues song with a nice effect applied on the harmonica and drumkit. A great closer.

Highlights: Black Dog, The Battle of Evermore, Going to California, Stairway to Heaven

Zitro | 5/5 |


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