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LED ZEPPELIN II

Led Zeppelin

 

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Alitare
3 stars The music is better, but the lyrics are a step down.

Another fan favorite starts off this album in the from of Whole Lotta Love. I like it, but that drum drop middle is too much. No substance, and doesn't add much build up. Childish and gimmick feeling. Is Plant about to sneeze? I don't know. This could be called progression, but it is more like a waste of time. This could have been an above average rocker, but no, they had to experiment, and it fails rather well. At least it hits hard when it has the chance. The blues begins creeping in With What is And What Should Never Be. Well, until it pumps itself full of drugs and stomps forth powerfully, mixing calm with rocking so well. A solid song. Executed deftly.

The Lemon Song. Another metallic classic. the song thumps along without care for damage done. I am so damn tired of these brutally terrible lyrics, though. Although it grinds heavy, when it wants, and it always wants, baby. That solo is restrained and fine. Plant kind of screws it up for me, however. His vocals seem to trip over themselves caustically. Thank you takes some of the rock and replaces it with organ blues. A solid song, but nothing to write home about. That organ is mighty pretty, though. The classic riff that begins Heartbreaker is known by all Led Zeppelin fans. This is a classic. The vocals are strong, and the guitars strut. A fantastic song, but nothing brilliant. The solo feels cold, but is fairly memorable.

Did I forget to mention how banal the lyrics are? No? You say I've said it a million times? Well, they are! Oh how abysmal these lyrics are. teenage sex drips all over, with the cliches everyone does when they aren't able to comprehend A Doctor Seuss masterpiece. But, the good doctor could never write guitar lines so damn enjoyable as the ones on Living Loving Maid. This is a fast rocker and it is another oft played classic. The vocal harmonies are pristine, and it is excellent dirty heavy rock. Ramble On does just that. It is so boring, and mundane. Feels like a worse version of other parts of the album. An album low point, even when it "bursts out"

Moby Dick has a fine and dandy riff. A mid tempo metal song that lets Page show off a bit, and in a great way. It still has to muss everything up with some boring and needless drum cacophony, that doesn't sound good at all. Yeah yeah, you can play some Zappa noises that Zappa can do a hundred times more efficiently, get a better shtick, already! At least the drumming has some life, unlike Ramble On. Bring It On Home closes, and with some taste. Or does it? I like the soft introduction, and it rocks rather furiously when it hits that middle section. A solid end to a solid album.

Best Song - Living Loving Maid

Worst Song - Ramble On

*** Weak Stars. Like its predecessor, without as much to amaze.

Alitare | 3/5 |

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