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Led Zeppelin


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3 stars They love opening with so much heavy, then not following through, huh?

Yeah, Immigrant song is ferocious. And so very metal in its hard-edged approach. The vocal wails are entrancing, and it ends off so enjoyable, but I feel it is a bit too short. Not to mention how the album takes a dip in quality right after. They play acoustics, and I like it, but I've heard better. Friends has a nice melody, but doesn't seem too cohesive to me. Rather enjoyable and epic, though. Dark in appeal, and not too shabby.

Celebration Day pops up with some strange sounds. A sparse song which drops itself into the well of heavy. The guitar kind of disappoints me, though. If this was the best riff Page could come up with, I want to know what he was using to tear his mind apart, because this is some mediocre stuff. And they have to toss their decent streak out the window. Since I've Been Loving You. The blues song, the seemingly required amateur blues song with the repetitive guitar solo that we've heard a hundred times before. To be fair, the solo is pretty emotional, and a nice one. The song goes on for a bit too long, though. A cool song. Actually, this song is rather great. The lyrics aren't an absolute travesty (which is normally the case) and it comes off well. Soft with sparks of imaginative guitar. Possibly the album's peak. This song gets pretty dark. I like it a lot.

Bottom heavy with lyrics that make me cringe, we have the laughable Out of the Tiles. Is it me, or does it sound like the guitar track was recorded inside the belly of a whale? Some might like it, I don't. The vocal harmonies aren't fresh, and this sounds like filler. Banal filler (damn it, will I ever be able to write a review without using that word?) At least the riff (if you can actually hear it) is good.

More fine acoustic playing, this time it gets quick. The silky guitar lines are a fine listen. This album is entrenched in fun folk-ish work, and it suits well. Nothing awe-inspiring, but the build up is good. Tangerine is shorter, but a bit better. As it feels more emotional. That guitar is pretty, and the entire song is the most beautiful thing on the entire record. Melodic and a highlight. That's the way follows suit, and in a good way. I prefer the soft and acoustic side of this album much more than the rock side. The lyrics don't offend, and are warm in their delivery.

Bron-Y-Aur Stomp is Led Zeppelin does dueling banjos. It starts off soft and works its way slowly faster and harder until it turns into a good foot stomping tune, with those old time vocals. Not too impressive, but a dab of fun on a rather stuffy album. Sparse and shallow, but fun. Hats of To (Roy) Harper is the same as the previous track, if only a bit less manageable. It has some nice playing, though. Not offensive by any means, and another fine closer.

This album falters in respect to lyrics, as always. The songs sometimes aren't very cohesive, and they lose any potential momentum right after the first two minutes. Not to mention Out of the Tiles is plain weak.

Best Song - Since I've Been Loving You

Worst Song - Out of the Tiles

*** Solid Stars. Another good album.

Alitare | 3/5 |


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