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LED ZEPPELIN IV

Led Zeppelin

 

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Eclipse
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3 stars OOOOOOOH YEAAAAAAAAH BABEE OOOOOOOOOH OOOOOOOOH OOOOOOOOH BABE ROCK'N ROLL EHHHH BABEEE OOOOOOOH OOOOOH - Robert Plant getting carried away

I was never a fan of LED ZEPPELIN but i do appreciate their work, even if it does not blow me away or sting me with curiosity. For me they're a good band to listen to sometimes, since they rock pretty well and cheer up my mood. But i also feel sometimes some kind of emptiness in their sound, i guess it's that "chemical" thing that happens with a band: you get it or simply not. I may be in the middle, since i do enjoy a lot of stuff from them but only to a certain extent. I also think they have some real weak and boring moments occasionally, and i'm not a fan of ROBERT PLANT's vocals, which cause me to have headaches sometimes (hence the sarcastic intro of my review).

Many people consider this IV album to be the band's masterpiece. I can't really say that, because i haven't listened to their entire discography to make a proper judgement, but i do agree this is an excellent album, and while not prog in essence, it is still a decent piece of hard-rock. Songs like "Stairway to Heaven" and "Battle of Evermore" are absolutely memorable, the former has been considered the best song of all times but i feel not like sharing that opinion...in fact, it's not even my fav LZ song, which would be the sublime "Kashmir". "Battle of Evermore" is a beautiful acoustic tune which is kind of a refresh from the two first rockers, one properly named "Rock N' Roll" and the other called "Black Dog". Both are good, pleasant, being the former my favorite of this rocking pair. It's not the kind of stuff i feel like listening all the time though, since for this gets old pretty fast. This is just because i don't listen to music to "rock out", i like slower and spacier music, so i don't have that appeal for hard-rock, except maybe for the amazing works by SCORPIONS, before they became more metal and commercially oriented. Anyway, back to LZ, i think the closing track is overlong and boring due to the simple fact that few things happen during its lenght. A long song should be at least epic in nature, having some nice sections flowing well into each other. Variety is the key. Here this gets boring, i wish they had worked more in this track. But being "progressive" or "epic" was probably never the band's intention, so let's just "rock" around with it. The other songs aren't very remarkable in my opinion but none of them is bad either. I think "Battle of Evermore" is my fav track in this collection of good rock n' roll, since it has that pretty folky side which i very much appreciate.

All in all this is a solid album which i think is a bit overrated. In fact, this band is quite overrated too, but definetely not a bad one. The guys have a lot of talent to rock out, and they do it effectively. I just don't feel like exploring the band too much since they don't manage to sparkle my interest, and i guess they please enough people already, so i can't call them bad or mediocre. It's just not that my cup of tea.

Eclipse | 3/5 |

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