The Mighty Rearranger Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation
CD Review by Mike D'Ariano
times during my teenage years, like most people born after 1955, I became
infatuated with Led Zeppelin the mystery of Page's dealings with
the occult, the power of Bonzo's drumming, blah blah blah . . . well, you
know the story. Then, unlike most people, I fell violently out of love with
the band. Everything they did just sounded pretentious, with one exception
which wasn't even a real album. It was the BBC sessions, which was always
good. In the end, or more accurately in the now since I hope I'm nowhere
near the end, I think Zep is okay. I can handle listening to them, but almost
never put them on myself.
said, I was very surprised when I heard Robert Plant's latest solo album,
and found it to be absolutely fantastic. The record is a weird mix of
Zeppelin-ish power, and new age-ish instrumentation and mystique. Then
there's also some trip hop style stuff near the end on the eight-minute-plus
closer, "Brother Ray." Oh, and there's one song in the middle,
"Dancing In Heaven" which sounds like a Plant-ish version of
a post-bubble gum, pre-Pepper Beatles tune.
Notable noises: "Let The Four Winds Blow," "Tin Pan Valley," "Mighty Rearranger," "Brother Ray," "Dancing In Heaven."