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3 stars In 1976 Led Zeppelin came to life again with this release, Presence. A quick follow up of their "monster" Physical Graffiti, 1975, which somehow showed a tiresome songwriting more than once. Too much too soon, Presence enhances both Zeppelin's attributes and misses at this point of their discography.

Jimmy Page develops to extremes his electric guitar layered orchestra's visions, fulfilling his wildest dreams in two compositions which explore fully his personal quest- "Achilles Last Stand" & "Nobody's Fault but Mine". Both songs are energetic and massive, although lacking their earlier material's bite, they outstand among this band's post "Houses of the Holy" turning point in musical language (and "creative genius"). As such this 2 tracks pointed out new directions which eventually will fade away in their last upcoming album. (Not taking into account their concert's film "soundtrack", released this same year.)

Sadly the remaining 5 tracks are as oblivious and uninspired as Led Zep can get. An unexpected boredom flourishes in their compositions and performances, to the point of being ignored by themselves in their multiple live performances recordings or the zillion of original remastered boxsets and compilations.

2 very good tracks but 5 absolutely not essential tracks and the clear sensation of a super band's unstoppable downfall.

***3 "optimistic" PA stars.

admireArt | 3/5 |


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