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Mr. Mustard
2 stars Presence is an odd album; it is certainly one of their more prog efforts (if you could even consider that), but also has an interesting combination of killer tracks and filler.

The obvious attraction is the near 11-minute 'Achilles Last Stand,' which could be considered the band's magnum opus. It's adventurous to say the least, and the guitar work is phenomenal and filled with energy. Despite being based on a few single riffs, there is enough variation to avoid the overly repetitious nature of some of their past lengthy tracks such as 'Kashmir.' Another highlight is 'Nobody's Fault But Mine,' as fun, heavy riff-based song similar to one of their earlier albums.

Unfortunately the rest of the album consists of filler, or at best weaker songs. Though I suppose I praise them for being completely different from anything the band has done, for the most part.

At this point, Zeppelin is clearly heading downhill by losing what made them such a raw and interesting band with the self-titled albums, and the fine, melodic, and diverse nature Houses of the Holy and Physical Graffiti. They are just a shadow of the band they once were, but even still, this is far from a bad album.


Mr. Mustard | 2/5 |


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