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LED ZEPPELIN IV

Led Zeppelin

 

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jrv07
5 stars Led Zeppelin IV is my favorite Led Zeppelin album, and not without reason. This is rock and roll at its best, as its meant to be.

The strength of is this album lies in its versatility.

You have the 'guitar-riff based' tracks like Black Dog, Misty Mountain Hop and Four Sticks. This is Led Zeppelin as we know them best: a good riff by Page, strong vocals by Plant, Bonham and Jones completing the sound. These tracks really rock.

Then there are the acoustic tracks which we got a taste of on Led Zeppelin III: 'The Battle Of Evermore' and 'Going to California'. Both are great tracks and they fit well into the mix of the album.

However. you are going to enjoy the album the most on the two epic long tracks : The well-renowned 'Stairway to Heaven' and the album closer 'When The Levee Breaks'. There isn't an awful lot of other music which can 'consume' me more than these two jewels. In my opinion 'When The Levee Breaks' is at a par with 'Stairway To Heaven'. Consequently, I believe the former is fairly underrated. You are missing something if you've never heard it.

This album then, deservedly gets 5 stars for the music. LZ doesn't sound 'proggy' on this album , but you could argue that at times it has some of the characteristics: It is album-orientated music, it features long compositions with instrumental passages, and Stairway to Heaven is truly poetic in its lyrics. It is definitely a masterpiece of rock music, maybe even rock and roll on its highest point in history.

jrv07 | 5/5 |

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