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LED ZEPPELIN II

Led Zeppelin

 

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thwok
4 stars This is the 2nd or 3rd review I've posted for the Archive. The others are sold old (several years!) that they've apparently disappeared. I think it's about time I got to work!

There are a handful of bands that invented hard rock, and Led Zeppelin is beyond a doubt one of those bands. They took electric blues, made it louder, and added elements from other styles of music. The reason that I'm discussing Led Zeppelin's influence is because II is the album in which Zeppelin started this process. Led Zeppelin I follows the electric blues format more closely. The band stretches out more on Led Zeppelin II. This is quite possibly the first hard rock album. Without a doubt, that qualifies the band for a spot on a "progressive music" website.

Now for the songs themselves. I won't discuss each song at length or give them separate ratings on a number scale. Individual taste in music is simply too subjective, and music itself is too complex, for number rating to serve a useful purpose. However, my favorites are Whole Lotta Love, Thank You, and Moby Dick. Whole Lotta Love, as much as any of the songs, is a blueprint for hard rock. The middle section is remarkably creative for its time. Who would've thought a quintessential hard rock band would come up with a love song like Thank You? It's one of the most beautiful songs I know. John Bonham is my favoite hard rock drummer of all time. Who else in 1969 could've come up with Moby Dick? My least favoite track on the album is The Lemon Song. My problem with it is the same problem I have with How Many More Times from the first album. It overstays its welcome; it's just too long.

In conclusion, I've given this album four stars. It's not their greatest, in my opnion; they went on to create better ones. However, it's brilliantly written, played, and certainly progressive.

thwok | 4/5 |

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