21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
A pillar of all Rock music,
By A Customer
This review is from: Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO) (Audio CD)
First of all, there is no need to compare Pink Floyd or the Beatles to Led Zeppelin. They are all great groups with different styles. To all you people giving this album 1 star, you obviously are part of a great minority. There is no need to argue which is better, you may have your opinion. No matter how much you may hate Led Zeppelin and this album, it is clear that this album wouldn't have been so popular if millions didn't love it like many of us do. (It was 17x platinum)
As a 17 year old in high school, I first started listening to Led Zep about 2 years ago. I started with Zoso and Houses of the Holy when I got them for Christmas. I listened to Zoso every night, and never did an album make me feel so touched. "Stairway to Heaven," which was fresh to me then, was absolutely magical. Never before had a song made me shiver like that. Almost anyone can fall in love with the main Stairway riff, but the solo is probably the best ever. It sums up every emotion of the song into a couple of minutes, and leads into the final conclusion. Stairway is the absolute definition of an "epic." Even though Robert Plant may be singing about nonsense, the powerful emotion that the song brings is unavoidable. I really don't care about you people with the degrees in music critisizing his lyrics. If you couldn't feel the emotion and power of Stairway when you heard the song a few times, then you are either completely oblivious to emotion in music, or you have a problem with the essential fabric of rock, or perhaps all music in general. "When the Levee breaks" was of almost the same caliber, and gave me the same euphoric feeling. I sat in bed and it hurt not to listen to the 2 songs. It was the strangest feeling to be so touched by music. It is indescribable. I can honestly say it was the most incredible music I had every heard in my life. I would love to hear anyone try to argue that Stairway to Heaven didn't touch people emotionally (please email me if you can -email@example.com-). Because if you didn't feel its power, then you simply missed out on something timeless, epic, emotional, and euphoric. Too bad for you.
I also loved most of the other songs on this album, but none are as touching as Stairway and When the Levee Breaks. "Going to California" is without a doubt a beautifully composed song. Most people can agree that it is a great song. Black Dog probably has the most incredible guitar riff ever written, but unfortunately it gets old faster than anything else. I loved the riff but was tired of the song after about 5 listens. Rock and Roll is the quintessential rock'n'roll song, and they obviously gave it the name to fit. This song never seems to lose its freshness, and is a truly classic tune. I don't care what anyone says, Battles of Evermore is a wonderful song. It is beautiful, and I love the JRR Tolkien references. Read "Lord of The Rings", it is a great book and will help you understand some Led Zep lyrics. Misty Mountain Hop is ok, but not great. Four Sticks is a bit weak, but as one reviewer pointed out, is ok on occasion.
Please take my word for this album. I may not have a Phd in music like some of our fellow reviewers, but I have emotions and I know what triggers them, and if you are like the majority of the population, these songs will trigger yours too.