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Robert Plant, perhaps the greatest and one of the most recognizable voices in rock and roll delivers MIGHTY REARRANGER, an extraordinary accomplishment from one of the most inventive, consistently daring and talented figures in contemporary music. On the album, Plant is joined by his band The Strange Sensation who worked with him on 2002s Grammy nominated DREAMLAND and have been vital in the development of Plants musical growth. The record is an inspired collection of new songs that are raw and bristling with energy but also rich in texture and detail. MIGHTY REARRANGER recalls the drive and passion of Robert Plant and Led Zeppelins strongest work taking the explosive riffs, compulsive guitar hooks and mind boggling arrangements that Zeppelin is known for and infusing the music with the modern influences of Portishead, Massive Attack and Roni Size. The result is a sonic tour de force and one of Roberts finest offerings to date.
In the weeks leading up to this album's release, Robert Plant was the unlikely hit at the South By Southwest music festival, delivering such a scorching set with his band the Strange Sensation rockers a quarter of his age simply got back on their planes and went home without playing a note. This can most likely be attributed to the fact that, unlike most his classic rock peers, Plant has rarely settled since moving on from the Led Zeppelin behemoth. Over the course of eight solo albums, he's experimented with doo-wop, synth-pop and even drum'n' bass. But it's only at 56 that the Golden God is hitting his stride. On "Tin Pan Valley," he sings, "My peers may flirt with cabaret/ Some fake the rebel yell/ Me, I'm moving up higher ground/ I must escape their hell." Mighty Rearranger draws out the best qualities of his otherworldly voice, surrounding it with rich Middle Eastern textures, soft blues accents and gorgeous psychedelic swooshes. It's in keeping with the spirit of 2002's exotic and lush Dreamland, only it sounds more refined. The quiet bits are quieter and the loud bits are timely reminders that Plant was once a man possessed by a dozen dead wolverines. He's not kidding when on "Shine It All Around," he sings, "These are the days of my life/ Bright, strong and golden." --Aidin VaziriSee all Editorial Reviews
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to my house to play at full audio capacity. For him, Robert Plant was the greatest performer of all time. Needless to say, I was in my opera phase and never wanted to contradict my friend. Seven years ago, he died and I lost his love, his friendship, his support and the most intelligent conversations ever. To cheer me, my husband, through Amazon, gave me the CD set of Robert Plant's music, post Led Zep. It seemed so fitting and a wonderful remembrance of my friend that for seven years I have been not only appreciating the music but also the genius of Mr. Plant. Even though I had Mighty Rearranger in the box set, I bought this one because it included an extra CD of an interview where the artist discusses the making of this album. Like an opera, it is a complete work where one song just flows into the next and the beauty of each song is unique. And so I have come full circle in that "opera" in Italian signifies a work of art. Mighty Rearranger is a work of art and, perhaps, Robert Plant is
the Mighty Rearranger. He may very well be one of the greatest artists of all time.
I would love to have Mighty Rearranger on vinyl but I cannot afford it because it is a rarity but that is acceptable because I can still play the
music. As I listen, I can think of my friend. Stephen was a rare gift, too, and so is Mighty Rearranger.
It seems that Plant revisits early Zeppelin here, with a great deal of the songs leaning into rocking blues pieces. I wish Plant had jumped on board with the DualDisc format and done this album in 5.1 surround sound. I think it would have been a great listen. I preferred the first five tracks over the rest of the album. I particularly enjoyed the opening "Another Tribe" and "Freedom Fries". "Shine It All Around" is an okay first single, but I think he should have released a different track first. "Tin Pan Alley" is great with its quiet menacing tones and Plants obvious jabs at Rod Stewart for doing cabaret (how many more standards albums will he release!!!) "All The Kings Horses" is a very nice acoustic track with Robert's vocals coming to the front to nice effect.
It's around the sixth track, "The Enchanter" where things become a little boring--but only slightly. On the second half of the disc I enjoyed "Dancing In Heaven" and "Mighty Rearranger" best. The hidden track following the short tribute to Ray Charles "Brother Ray" is a drum 'n' bass version of "Shine It All Around". It's amusing at first, but it doesn't really fit with the rest of the album and I think at nearly eight minutes, it could have just been left as a b-side or something else.
If you bought your copy at Target, like I did, then you get a bonus of an extra track you can access from the internet only. I downloaded it, but it didn't do much for me.
Bottom Line: If you like Zeppelin and Plant's solo work, this is for you (like me), and even if you are not familiar with all the back catalogue, this is certainly more refreshing than most of the garbage on the radio right now.
His lush tones are richer, even more resonant, his delivery is meltingly elastic yet it is so powerful both on this CD and in concert like last week in Oakland where he nearly toasted the Amps and my ears with his powerful wail on "Gallows Pole" and other Zep songs with which he blew us all away. An Incredible Concert! His band Strange Sensation is awesome, especially the keyboard GURU whose amazing skill transfixes with musical treats and FX scattered here and there in the songs. The result is sonically dazzling.
Robert is dynamic, amazing, powerful, masterful and commanding on stage with his utterly scorching hip swivels. Oh, yeah, he is as sensual as ever.
"Brother Ray" is my fav. On this cut there is so much keyboard magic weaving around his passionate, magnificent performance on this song that it truly is as he said on Leno: "Future Rock".
#11 "Mighty ReArranger" is exactly who Robert is. Every song is sculpted and perfected and the Mix is flawless. This is a superb CD. To my ears, this is Robert's Masterpiece. His voice is youthful and magical as always. He is ageless. This one will reside permanently in my CD player.
As usual, Amazon did a great job getting everything to my home as described.