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5 stars After the turmoils of ups and downs Led Zeppelin have finally arrived to their final destination and a double album well worth investigating!

Physical Graffiti is a personal favorite of mine. Pretty much the whole first part consists of flawless Hard Rock classics. The second part shifts the album into lower gear while still maintaining the high song quality. This is probably the only time I actually enjoy the blues songs at the end of this mighty record because the tracks flow so naturally in the context of this album as a whole. Besides it's really nice to take things slow towards the end and I hope that more bands can implement that in their decision making when compiling a long record.

This is also easily the most progressive title in the Led Zeppelin discography which is not necessarily the same as being historically ground breaking. While the debut album and Led Zeppelin IV hold the titles for being most innovative releases Physical Graffiti is the album where expanding the band's songwriting to actually made sense in the context of the album's length. The album features quite a few tracks that reach beyond the generally excepted 5 minute song length and unlike the previous lengthy blues oriented compositions like Since I've Been Loving You or How Many More Times these expansions have been done through masterful songwriting and not just blues jams.

If you are unfamiliar with Led Zeppelin and want to explore the legend behind this great band then this is the best album to start with! Granted that none of their albums is completely flawless there are a few lesser moments, fortunately they don't distract from the overall excellence featured here.

***** star songs: Custard Pie (4:13) The Rover (5:37) In My Time Of Dying (11:05) Trampled Under Foot (5:37) Kashmir (8:32) In The Light (8:46) Bron-Yr-Aur (2:06) Ten Years Gone (6:32) The Wanton Song (4:07)

**** star songs: Houses Of The Holy (4:02) Down By The Seaside (5:13) Boogie With Stu (3:53) Black Country Woman (4:24) Sick Again (4:42)

*** star songs: Night Flight (3:36)

Total Rating: 4,64

Rune2000 | 5/5 |


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