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FATE OF NATIONS

Robert Plant

 

Crossover Prog

3.33 | 53 ratings

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clarke2001
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4 stars It's one of those albums which represent the most typical sound of the rock era, but it's also arguably the best Plant's album. It's from 1993, and that's clearly audible: it ranges from grungy, metallic riffs to highly-polished AOR production, with pumping bass. There are also excursion into old-fashioned rock, and it's a nostalgia jogging, but of high quality.

The opener 'Calling To You' starts with a guitar hook which soon gets into almost chugging riffs with complex rhythm. Plant's voice is in the top form here. Soon, we're getting into Eastern/Indian excursion which are certainly not unknown to ZEPPELIN fans, this time in fast-pace folk ballad 'Down To The Sea'.

'Come Into My Life' should have been an instant hit; the coda, followed by a simple guitar chords are hauntingly beautiful, and Plant's voice is full of...should I say desire. He proves he's still one of the best in business.

I won't go into details describing ever track; '29 Palms' got some airplay, if I recall correctly, with slightly 'tropical' feeling, 'If I Were A Carpenter' is an old, well known tune which is great in this version - simply because of Plants contribution. Finally the jewel of the album is 'Colours Of The Shade', another beautiful ballad, this one with great mandolin, gorgeous melody on fretless bass and great dynamic changes.

The rest of the album are highly-professional rock tune which are on the same level as the highlights, but they're inferior in the songwriting compartment.

In conclusion, this albums is recommended for any serious rock fan. It varies from the pleasant routine to some breathtaking moments.

clarke2001 | 4/5 |

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