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HOUSES OF THE HOLY

Led Zeppelin

 

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Frankie Flowers
5 stars I think this album took hard-rock to soaring new heights because there are aspects from nearly any genre. It includes some of the most creative tracks that the band ever produced. There is also a more dramatic feel with Houses of the Holy. "The Rain Song" is possibly one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written with its stunning guitar composition and lush strings.

There are many things to listen out for. Such as the delicious folkish acoustic break on "Over the Hills and Far Away?", the bubbly reggae on "Dyer Maker" and the acidy groove on "No Quarter". There's also a sleazy blues rock progression on "The Ocean" and still, rhythmically, this album couldn't be more well done, and in place.

Every member showcases their talent in subtle, yet powerful ways. John Paul Jones supplies the perfect amount of bass trickery on the songs that call for it, like "The Song Remains the Same", but the main focus on this record is his raucous keyboard arrangements. There are softer melodies than before and sometimes even Plant sings with a more touchy voice, though there are still the usual cunning lyrics, helping to keep the mystical vibe that Led Zeppelin always puts forth. It's all wonderfully written. A personal favourite here is the tasty "Dancing Days". A great masterwork. This is one of my Zeppelin favourites along with Physical Graffiti. Highly recommended.

Frankie Flowers | 5/5 |

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