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Led Zeppelin


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Led Zeppelin II is as the name suggests the second studio album from british rock legends Led Zeppelin. The first Led Zeppelin album is a classic rock album and this second album from the band is equally as great IMO.

The music is still bluesy hard rock and songs like Whole Lotta Love and Heartbreaker features some of the most memorable hard rock riffs in history. Even though the style on the album is generally pretty simple blues based rock, songs like What Is And What Should Never Be, Thank You and Ramble On have elements from other genres as well. Ramble On even has folky elements that shows the way Led Zeppelin would go on their next album. The lyrics are also very simple man love woman kind of lyrics but in Whole Lotta Love weīre presented with some pretty suggestive lines that must have been pretty provocative in 1969. Lines like: Let Me Give You Every Inch of My Love and I wanna be your backdoor Man does provoke some pretty sexual explicit images in my mind. That Robert Plant makes orgasm like sounds in the middle sections of the song doesnīt really make those images go away. we see this everyday on MTV but back then it must have been quite a new experience.

The musicianship is deliberately sloppy or maybe Led Zeppelin didnīt have much time in the studio because I count several errors on the album. But thatīs what makes it such a great album. It feels so alive and fresh.

The production is very raw and I must admit that I prefer the sound on the debut.

There are almost no progressive ideas on this album and itīs generally a bluesy hard rock album, but the noisy orgasm middle section in Whole Lotta Love and the annoying drum solo in the instrumental Moby Dick could, if I stretch count for progressive behaviour. In this case it doesnīt really matter how progressive the album is though. Whatīs important here is that itīs a great album that fully deserves 4 stars.

UMUR | 4/5 |


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