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Led Zeppelin


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3.97 | 871 ratings

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Sean Trane
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3 stars Of all the early Zep album, the one I still have not managed to gain back some kind of enthusiasm, this is the one. Aesthetically also, this album is also probably their worst with the sheer amount of stolen works from blues artistes, which is rather strange since they credited their borrowings on their debut, but here not. Not exactly graced with a nice artwork (especially the atrociously pompous and pretentious inside gatefold), this album still holds a few moments, but I find them few are far between.

Tracks like Thank You and the fairly acoustic Ramble On (with its Tolkien-esque lyrics) are nowadays the tracks I like best, although I must admit that given a good day, you might just see me rock my heart out to Whole Lotta Love (with Page's Theremin solo). On the other hand tracks like Lemon Song, What Is, the sexist Loving Maid and Heartbreaker seem permanently lost nowadays on this old dog. And although I am not a fan of drum solos, I must say that Moby Dick's is not the worst I heard.

Although, this almost is still a classic, it is several notches below a great debut album and a moody third one. But I cannot think of any record collection having those two albums without having this one as well.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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