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PRESENCE

Led Zeppelin

 

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Frankie Flowers
4 stars "Presence" is a terribly underrated hard rock album. It is different compared to previous Led Zeppelin releases and has received mixed reviews. I think it is different in a good way.

Robert Plant was recuperating from serious injuries following a recent car accident at the time of recording.The work in the studio also had to be rushed. Plant stated that the sound reflected the total anxiety and emotion of that period. It was a cry from the depths and therefore has a sound unlike any other."Presence" showed a new level of complexity from the band, even though the arrangements aren't as intricate as on the band's other albums.

The bass and guitar formula create a potent energy and pack a hard punch on this album. I think Page's more simplified guitar riffs in particular have a great rawness to them. While on the point of rawnewss and punch, Bonham's drumming certainly stands out throughout, with many excellent examples for rock drummers to check out his style. "Achilles Last stand" has some superb touches and the variation on "Nobody's Fault But Mine" is something to listen out for too. That hard hitting, sense of recklessness behind the kit is very influential.

The shorter, speedier tracks have just as much edge to them and nicely break up the pace. I quite like "Candy Store Rock". It's rhythm section is quite inspiring. Many other reviewers have said that overall this release lacks diversity and is too unpolished. Jimmy Page stated that it was due to the sense of urgency resulting from the troubled circumstances in which it was recorded. It is not an easy album for a lot of people to listen to. Actually, "Presence" has passion. I feel strangely drawn to it every time.

Frankie Flowers | 4/5 |

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