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Song to the Siren Import, Single

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  • Audio CD (March 4, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Single
  • Label: Universal Import
  • ASIN: B00006OYKX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,133 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By D. J. Sapen on December 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
prologue: buy Dreamland. the following comments about Plant are true for the whole fine album.
There are now quite a few covers of this greatly loved song by Tim Buckley. Dozens of songwriters treat it as a musical icon. Song to the Siren is arguably the purest expression of the yearning for and exile from oceanic bliss that was a central theme for the extraordinary singer. There are steadily increasing numbers of of new and re-releases of Buckley's studio and live recordings. The renaissance began more than a dozen years after his 1975 death, spurred on both by the tragic success of his late son, Jeff , a brilliant memoir by friend and lead guitarist Lee Underwood, and a few buried live coals of devotion from those who always loved his music. Still, there are many who discovered "Siren" from the version by This Mortal Coil, featured in a popular horror flick, and many who have never gone to the source (TB).
A cover of a great song is a great challenge, and love is not enough. Few people have ever had the vocal chops or naked passion that Buckley could bring to a song, nor the artistry; as a consequence, most of the covers of Siren that I have heard are simply not very good, no matter the sincerity they might convey. So what can one expect from an aging Robert Plant?
Surprise! I've always been a huge Zeppelin fan, not just for the joy of their power and aura, or the over-the-top musicianship of the members. Plant's yowl has been foully imitated and expanded by numerous rock singers; no one got the point. Plant balanced posturing with a love of the mystical, the untouchable, and a great deal of his singing conveyed a grasping ecstasy and richness of emotion.
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buy Dreamland, it's what I did anyway.
That said, Plant takes a beautifully tragic icon and transforms it into something that is almost - maybe forget the "almost" - hopeful. Rather than the pathos that I hear in the Tim Buckley original, here is Plant and he cant help but be (gently) seductive. Somehow, I am left feeling better about the whole thing. (thus the 5 stars)
The music itself is stunningly beautiful, evocative of the ocean, like being on warm ocean tides, I really didnt want it to stop.
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