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Robert Plant


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3 stars Much improved 2nd effort

"The Principle of Moments" is where Robert Plant truly becomes a solo artist, shedding the Zeppelin corpse, and crafting a far more interesting batch of songs than the uneven "Pictures at Eleven." Whereas Pics/11 found him over-singing terribly to predictable hard-rock with far less instrumental gravitas than Zeppelin, Plant steps off of that impossible treadmill and begins anew here. The sound has shifted to a lighter and completely fresh approach, with little of the macho hard rock stuff. Plant's voice relaxes noticeably as he moves into slower and more introspective sounding material. The 80s synths and programmed drumming are more noticeable but do not detract as much as you might expect, because the material fits. And the quality of the songs is the biggest improvement factor; there are some truly lovely and poignant songs here.

"Big Log" has this windswept desert highway feel, a certain loneliness and longing, Plant singing with a sensitivity he always possessed but used only occasionally. "Thru with the Two-Step" is another one which is very emotional and laid back. Robbie Blunt is back with superb guitar work, and again, because the time and care was taken at the songwriting stage, it feels so much fuller. It's not all weepy though, "Other Arms" rocks out and "In the Mood" shows Plant could knock off pure pop ear candy with the best of 'em. Check out the cool bass lines and the stylish backing vocals. This is Robert Plant's finest collection of songs in my opinion, and while not exactly essential, established him for the long solo career to follow. 3 stars.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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