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LED ZEPPELIN II

Led Zeppelin

 

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clarke2001
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4 stars

Led Zeppelin's second is an album with two faces; it could be observed as a step down from the debut, and as a progress from the debut. It's a bit more diverse, but a bit more unfocused too. The sound is not homogeneous and condensed as on the debut (but it's very condensed nonetheless), but the musicians made one step forward and evolved. It comprises more showmanship and indulgence, but it's more intimate and sentimental ("Thank You" vs. "Bring It On Home").

It's just a little bit less straightforward blues-wise. Fine.

Some of the lyrics are just plain stupid. Some of the solos are breathtaking (they were breathtaking on the debut too, but in another way).

John Paul's contribution is more evident; somewhere inside this boogie-blues-hard rock monster you can bump into the traces of jazz.

Bonzo's solo effort is irrelevant and boring. Everything else isn't.

It's really difficult for me to pick my favourite track here, they're all charming. Even the "Moby Dick", containing a boring drum solo is got very catchy blues riff.

Somehow, LED ZEPPELIN managed to found hard rock, be loud and raw, while remaining mellow, sentimental at the same time. In my case, that was a perfect recipe for getting hooked forever.

This is art rock.

clarke2001 | 4/5 |

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