Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV


4.0
excellent

Review

by facupm USER (22 Reviews)
July 14th, 2012 | 30 replies


Release Date: 1971 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Led Zeppelin IV is an excellent record, which holds a reputation a bit exaggerated

Led Zeppelin's untitled album (commonly referred to as Led Zeppelin IV) is one of the most praised albums ever. Zeppelin's works are always worth a listen to say the least. It's one of the best bands ever seen on a stage. Many people claim that no band has surpassed Led Zeppelin as the greatest Rock or Metal act ever. And that's not without a reason, seeing that it's clearly influential on future music, and also seeing that every work they release has a special thing on it, which differentiates it from the others.

Led Zeppelin IV is by far their most critically acclaimed album. Here you will find their trademark sound, with flashes of genius here and there, from every member of the group. The album is honestly excellent and it's a nice taste of Zeppelin's sound. However, it doesn't stand up to its immaculate reputation. Surely, it carries the monumental "Stairway to Heaven", the hard-rocking anthem "Black Dog", and some others cool moments like the bluesy ending song "When The Levee Breaks", but at some points the album turns a bit boring, taking down the moments of pure brilliance (which are many). The main flaw on this album is "Four Sticks", Zeppelin's worst song ever. It's a really annoying track which you should skip instantly.

As always, Led Zeppelin's sound is musically almost flawless. I mean, the four guys are genius. Jimmy Page is arguably the best guitarist ever. He can do whatever he wants with his instrument, and he also is a great songwriter. His performance in this album is what you'd expect from him. He can do charming solos, as well as nice acoustics and great riffs. Take the famous "Stairway To Heaven" and you will instantly understand why rules so much. Robert Plant might just be the definite Hard Rock singer. His wide range, his improvisation and his style makes him stand out always. He can sing beautifully and harmoniously, as well as powerfully. His voice is instantly recognizable, and his has a well-earned reputation. John Bonham is the perfect drummer for this band. He provides the backbone to every song, but he also carries them with so much power and energy. His improvisation and occasional short solos are just amazing. He could play fast or slow, but he would never be out of place. He stands out on "When the Levee Breaks", for instance. And Jon Paul Jones, whilst being a low profile musician, does an excellent job with his bass, an he is also a good keyboard player.

Opener "Black Dog" is one of Zeppelin's famous songs, and one of their very best also. The main riff is so powerful, it really rocks, and Robert Plant voice fits perfectly here. The solo of this track is one of the highlights of the album, definitely. "Rock and Roll" is actually what you would expect from a song titled that way. Nice drum intro and guitar work throughout. Then we have "The Battle of Evermore", a very particular song. This one shows mainly Robert Plant's ability, it's a slow a harmonious song. Whilst it's a nice to hear, it seems to drag on after the third minute. It would contribute much more to the album if it was a bit shorter, in my opinion. Iconic "Stairway to Heaven" follows. Maybe it's the most famous Rock song ever, nothing I say will add much to its reputation. By far the best of this album and one of Zeppelin's best (which means a lot). It summarizes all the skills of this talented band, from it's fascinating acoustic first half, to the amazing solo in the end. Hard to find someone who dislikes this song. "Misty Mountain Hop" and "Going To California" are both nice songs, but not quite as good as the first half of the record. The former one is cool poppy tune, nice to listen to once in a while, but nothing out from this world. And the later one is also cool, a slow kind of ballad, where Plant shines with his range of awesome vocals. As I said before, "Four Sticks" could just be Led Zeppelin's worst song, and it's a shame it was included on such a good album. I find it really disturbing, and it gets down the status of Led Zeppelin IV. It basically consists of a basic and boring riff repeated a hundred times, with Plant singing along. There's also a not so much better bridge which is as forgettable as the riff. The final song "When the Levee Breaks" is clearly the best of the second half, an excellent bluesy song leaded by Bonham's awesome drums. The perfect way to finish an excellent album.

Overall, Led Zeppelin IV is an excellent record, which holds a reputation a bit exaggerated. It contains some songs which deserve the status of such an incredible Classic, but some other songs don't. Musicianship is amazing, it's Led Zeppelin, but if you want to find the creative peak of such an incredible band, you'd better take a look at Led Zeppelin II or Physical Graffiti. Nevertheless, Led Zeppelin IV is a nice taste of Zeppelin's skills, and a must have to any fan of the genre.

Recommended songs:
- Black Dog
- Stairway to Heaven
- When the Levee Breaks



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Funeralopolis
July 14th 2012


11893 Comments


kk

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newjunkaesthetic93
July 14th 2012


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Four Sticks isn't that bad, and the other seven tracks are all absolute classics. Pretty good review, but I think this deserves at least a 4.5

facupm
July 14th 2012


8607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I used to think it was a 4.5, but well i've changed my mind a bit. Anyway, I can't deny that the reputation it got it's because of something.
I'm just giving my point of view, and I tried to back up my ideas the best I Could.
I love Led Zeppelin anyway, and here there are some of their best songs.

facupm
July 14th 2012


8607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

.-l.-

wacknizzle
July 14th 2012


13696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

When The Levee Breaks is my favorite song on here along with Battle of Evermore and Misty Mountain Hop. Going to California and Misty Mountain Hop rule dude. If you knew any better you'd know Rock and Roll is the worst on here.

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wheremycountrylies
July 14th 2012


227 Comments


fuck this review

KILL
July 14th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 14th 2012


50960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

been a long time since I rock and rolled

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rockandmetaljunkie
July 14th 2012


3868 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I liked it, posd.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2012


4458 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@DarthMann
HEY!
*Points to the sign*
"NO Stairway To Heaven!"

(For anyone who gets the reference)

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2012


4458 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I agree with Newjunk, this is a definitive 5. Good review though, pos'd.

macadoolahicky
July 14th 2012


1835 Comments


Urgh, I still need to rate this, and that will take like ten more listens

YoYoMancuso
July 14th 2012


11224 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Four Sticks", Zeppelin's worst song ever


you clearly haven't listened to their last two albums

Da11thMytrillSphere
July 14th 2012


546 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Four sticks is not a bad track, their last 2 albums have worse songs.

facupm
July 14th 2012


8607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've listened to every Led Zeppelin album, if not I wouldn't say that it's the worst, would I?
While lthe last 2 albums have some which aren't quite interesting, none of them is worse than Four Sticks.

ZedO
July 15th 2012


1096 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Easily CLASSIC!

Ire
July 15th 2012


41828 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

idk if rock n roll sucks or if it's just that so many bands have butchered it

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 15th 2012


50960 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Plus it was in these car commercials they used to show like every five minutes back in the day

Ire
July 15th 2012


41828 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea that too, treb. i've heard so many shitty local bands cover it ugh ruined forever

NightProwler
July 15th 2012


6608 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Rock n Roll rules. But I haven't heard it being "butchered" by a local band or something, so...

Album is awesome, and none of the tracks are weak. Period.

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