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4.0 out of 5 stars Still sounds good, January 30, 2004
This review is from: Now & Zen (Audio CD)
This was a big album for Robert Plant. I remember when it came out. It wasn't popular at my high school, but there was a crowd of cool kids into music who dug it. It's interesting to note that Jimmy Page (guitarist for Led Zeppelin, Plant's former band for the uninitiated) did the solos for "Heaven Knows" and "Tall Cool One" (including Led Zep-era samples of Page and Plant on the latter). Also, not only does great musician Kirsty MacCall sing back-up, but so does future Curve mastermind Toni Halliday.

The Breakdown:

"Heaven Knows" - I remember how modern this sounded when it first came out. It still sounds great to me. *****

"Dance On My Own" - is a cool, fun song about sexual frustration and what to do about it when you're alone. *****

"Tall Cool One" - I find cheesy, tacky and weak. A big hit. *

"The Way I Feel" - The best on the album . . . you just gotta feel it. *****

"Helen of Troy" - rocks out. Then there's the dreamy choral passage with the words, "The world is waiting here for you/ Don't you feel it anymore?" *****

"Billy's Revenge" - Rocks with old-school strut and features male back-up singers who cover many bases including doo-wop. ****

"Ship of Fools" - excellent guitar from Doug Boyle (as usual) not to mention a typically captivating vocal from Plant. A huge hit, deservedly so. *****

"Why" - is a wimpy synth overdose. **

"White Clean and Neat" - interesting and pretty unique song with more old-school flavor (we're talkin' 50's) including sampled voices and other effects. ****

"Walking Towards Paradise" - a bonus track, more 80's synth shenanigans. Best left off the album, it still could've fit in somewhere but should not occupy the place that belongs to "White Clean and Neat." ***
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