Ever hear someone describe an album as "seamless" (the Beatle's Abbey Road is a usual candidate)? Do you know what that means? I didn't either, until I heard this. The songs flow into each other as though by a perverse kind of logic; slow gears, fast gears, up, down, you hardly notice the track changes unless you're watching the counter on your stereo. Only the bookends, the thrashing "Whole Lotta Love" and the smooth "Bring it on home" (which makes not completely invalid a freind's contention that Zep, and not the Stones, are the masters of blues) remove themselves from the continuum sufficiently to "stand out" in any way. I have many freinds of varied, often clashing musical tastes, but the one band we all agree on is Led Zeppelin. Zep was a chameleon, refusing to be any other than what they wanted at that particular millisecond. II doesn't have my favorite Zeppelin song. That honor belongs to the beautiful "Rock and Roll" (I believe it to be the perfect Zeppelin song, if not the perfect rock song) from IV, but II gets the extra half-star because of it's cohesive groove.
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