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4 stars "Back to basics" seems the appropiate term here. And it works. This album has far more focus and direction than 'Phys Graf', even if it is a bit one-dimensional. There's more punch too.

'Achilles' is of course the favourite here. It's long, epic, progressive, intense, virtuosic, I could go on. The trouble with starting an album with the strongest song though, is that it can make anything that follows it seem inferior. 'Nobody's Fault...' is another peak though, and 'Tea for One', although pretty much a less focused cover version of 'Since I've Been Loving You', still works and forms a good ending to a hard album. These longer, more fleshed-out pieces are the highlights of 'Presence'. But given it's intended style and goal, there aren't really any poor songs. The one's I haven't mentioned are non-essential but worth a listen. And they're useful for feeding your ears if you're in a particularly "simple but hard" frame of mind.

There's not a lot of variation on 'Presence', but what is there counts. This is a rawer, punchier, stripped down Led Zeppelin with no fancy decorations or concepts; the music speaks for itself.

thehallway | 4/5 |


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