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LED ZEPPELIN II

Led Zeppelin

 

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shockedjazz
4 stars The Zeps second album is one of their best in my opinion, and essentialy why? Firstly because i listen to it over and over in my teens, and the `power of memory must not be overlooked. But why did i liked so much? Maybe the response must seem strange, but i think nowadays it was because is the less specialized of the first Zeps albums: The first one is the heavy-blues record. The third one the folky record. The fourth the epic eternal record. But the second one is not so heavy, not so folky, not so epic... but there you can hear best Zeppelin, maybe because is not polarized you are able to see what the Zeps were as a whole ( not an easy joke). The other albums were like hearing the different sides of the Zeps in a very distintive way. They were more serious in their intentions, but Led Zeppelin II is pure fun, is the "on the road" album not necesarily something bad for a group like this. Yes, is for its relative deluted caracter that i like it. The first one always have been to heavy for me ( and i dont mean the style, it feels like you are carrying a thousand kg). The third is cool but i miss more rock in it. Second one is perfect- Theyr macho attitude turns from a complaining style to a more satyric over the top sexual style( in the way of the Rolling Stones "Under my Thumb"), what is way out a more sincere attitude for them. Examples? Living loving maid- Whole lotta love-Lemong song. Theres a hazy easy and not so deep feeling around the discm, it dont attack your nerves like the first one. It floats, we get the zeppelin and leave the Led. The best example of that blown almost sleepy mood is "What is and should never be", a great leazy song for losing your mind into the clouds.. i see a lot of people dispise this song but i find it irrestible, one of the Zepps best ones. And in the middle it burst to flames( two sides of the same Zep) Ok is the less progresive of the albums, is the less pretentious with III, allright is like a jam sesion and its whats wonderful about, this confidence, this hilarious funny sometimes cinical disc, its enjoyable from start to end without any mediation ( ok its a commercial album). I have the theory that in the first one they are just musicians but in the second they are Led Zeppelin- Kings of rock...thats why they take it easy. "Thank you" is a comercial love song, but the magical thing about is it doesnt matter, great love songs...and yes indeed one of the most beatifull lyrical solos from Page, the aerie church like sound is deep and suggestive to imagination. "Ramble on" a clasic with all this tolkienesque references, a folky laydown, sweet and blissfull, with a master bass by Jhon Paul Jones. And from the hard side i get with "Bring it on home" a blues clasic they improved and made comercial at the same time ( the magic of the Zeps), Plant voice and style is superb-this is how a rockand roll singer is suposed to sing like-even better than Jagger in my opinion ( but of course just in this song). He howls quietly in a uber-sexual kinky way. So finally i gave four stars to this awesome disc, because its not the most crafted album, but not always what´s difficult is greater than whats easy....
shockedjazz | 4/5 |

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