Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV


5.0
classic

Review

by Drunken Viking USER (20 Reviews)
September 24th, 2006 | 93 replies


Release Date: 1971 | Tracklist

Review Summary: By far Zeppelins most popular album, the highlight of their career. Blending Folk Rock with Hard Rock, IV is a very diverse album which is all pulled together by Plants wailing vocals, and Bonhams insanity on the drum kit.

NOTE: Before everyone starts saying their are to many reviews for this album expressing it at this high of a rating. I'm telling you now why I'm reviewing it, it's one of my favorite albums of all time, and there is only one review that isn't full on tbt, and even that one is kind of a tbt. So please don't say anything like that in the review. Another reason I'm doing this is because I'm trying to review a bit outside of my normal genre (metal). Now, for the review!

Formed in 1968 Led Zeppelin are one of the single most influential bands on the planet today. By far the most popular Zeppelin album, is not without some question marks. It is widely accepted as being called Led Zeppelin IV, this album has no official name. The cover is covered only by a hunched over man carrying a bundle of sticks on his back, no title, or even the bands name. Led Zeppelin IV isn't your typical rock album, hell it's not even your typical Zeppelin album. Nearly every song on this album is well known. Obviously you've got five of Zep's most popular songs, the remaining tracks though, would also be found in a fan's vocabulary.

I''ll break this review into two parts, one part for the folk songs, and the other for the rock songs; seeing as how it would be kinda hard to review both at the same time because they are so different.

Folky Songs
The folkyness of this album is one of the reason it appealed to me so much. Jimmy Page's acoustic guitar parts on this album are very slow and simple. He doesn't try to oversimplify his music which I like. For the most part he isn't even the lead instrument, JPJ is on mandolin. Both The Battle Of Evermore, and Going the California are lead by the mandolin, and Page is in the back playing rhythm. The songs are also so laid back that it's relaxing to listen to them. It's also very nice when you are just laying back at night, looking up at the stars and just thinking. Especially when you think about the time period this was written in, the '70s, you can just imagine how much of an impact this album had on everyone who listened to and enjoyed it.

The vocals are also very fitting for the songs. Page doesn't try to show off his pipes during the slow moments, or even that much during the heavier-esque sections. His lyrics are also fitting for the songs too, Going To California's opening lines of Spent my days with a woman unkind,/Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine./Made up my mind to make a new start,/Going to california with an aching in my heart./Someone told me there's a girl out there/With love in her eyes and flowers in her hair. (written about singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell) not only are fitting for the song, but I'm sure also hit home for many a disgruntled teenager, if that was intended or not.

Rock Songs
Now enough of these pussy folk songs (:p) lets get into the real rock 'n roll! Almost the opposite of the folk songs, are the rock songs. It's easy to see why so many people worship John Bonham, he was clearly one of the best drummer to have lived in the '70s. His drumming on this album is so unique, the high hat is used many times to create rhythms which isn't very common. He also has some great fills, just listening to the outro solo section of Rock and Roll really makes you appreciate just how good he was.

The guitar on this album is also phenominal, I'm not quite sure I agree with him being the greatest guitarist ever, but he is definitely an amazing songwriter. Blending folk rock with blues and hard rock isn't the easiest of tasks to do, but with Stairway To Heaven I can safely say he performed this task rather well. Another thing that I love about Page is his solos, they fit so perfectly with the song. Albeit he is a bit sloppy, what he lacks in technicality, he makes up in emotion.

John Paul Jones, despite being one of the lesser known members adds very much to the sound of this album. Not only through bass, but also when he plays the keys. JPJ is really in the shadow of the other three members, but in no way is any less talented. He mostly just plays in the background, and doesn't try to show off, also he follows the drums. Robert Plant's vocals are also a very big part of this album. He doesn't have the most range, but he considered by many to be "the front man/singer of the '70s". He has a nice set of pipes on him. He can wail out some of the highest screeches you've ever heard, but he knows when not to show off. For example the blues drenched When The Levee Breaks he does a half singing, half talking voice that works really well with the feeling of the song.

Conclusion: Led Zeppelin IV I think, is the best album Zeppelin released. It has the perfect mix of slow songs, and harder rock songs that makes this album so open ended, and appealing to a wide selection of audiences. My final verdict, pick this album immediately if you even like a song or two by Led Zeppelin. You won't be disappointed.



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John Paul Harrison
September 25th 2006


1014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[quote=review]JPJ is really in the shadow of the other three members, but in no way is any less talented[/quote]

Greatest bassis of the classic rock era? I'm thinking yes.

but he knows when not to show off.


Debatable. Good review, though.



DownPaymentBlues78
September 25th 2006


278 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[quote]
JPJ is really in the shadow of the other three members, but in no way is any less talented





Greatest bassis of the classic rock era? I'm thinking yes.[/quote]
John Entwistle?

AnyColour74
September 25th 2006


1054 Comments


yeah what about entwistle? he's as good if not better than jpjThis Message Edited On 09.25.06

stompybeardo
September 25th 2006


746 Comments


bootsy collins

Bron-Yr-Aur
September 25th 2006


4405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

As bassists, it's a pretty even field with John Paul Jones and Entwistle, but I'd rather have John Paul in a band.

AnyColour74
September 25th 2006


1054 Comments


jpj and entwistle are pretty even, but, in my opinion, theres something about entwislte that jpj doesnt have

The Door Mouse
September 25th 2006


2092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

[quote=review]Now enough of these pussy folk songs (:p) lets get into the real rock 'n roll![/quote]

i know it was a joke but c'mon u didnt need that. w/e

i agree with you bron i would rather have jpj only if he was the only one to play keyboard, mandolin and all of that other good stuff.

pretty good reviewThis Message Edited On 09.25.06

Bron-Yr-Aur
September 25th 2006


4405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

As musicians though, it's no contest. John Paul can play like ten different instruments very, very well, and can also score string arrangements and such. I'd rather have John Paul in my band than Entwistle.

AnyColour74
September 25th 2006


1054 Comments


true. i did forget that john paul played lots of other instruments

The Door Mouse
September 25th 2006


2092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

his first intrument learnd was actually the saxaphone. who'da thunk it

Bron-Yr-Aur
September 25th 2006


4405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It was actually the piano, which he learned from his father.


SILLEE.

The Door Mouse
September 25th 2006


2092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

really???? huh. cool.

DownPaymentBlues78
September 25th 2006


278 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[quote=Bron]As musicians though, it's no contest. John Paul can play like ten different instruments very, very well, and can also score string arrangements and such. I'd rather have John Paul in my band than Entwistle.[/quote]
Yeah, JPJ can play more instruments, but Entwistle can play the bass better, and that was the question at hand. Plus, Entwistle does lend horn parts to Who tracks and he writes pretty nifty songs too. I think I'd rather have John Entwistle just for his pure skill and power playing the bass. The Who really lost a lot when they lost Entwistle.

I like Led Zeppelin IV a lot. It's behind III and II for my favorite Zeppelin album though.

Pwntendo
September 25th 2006


70 Comments


Led Zeppelin suck.

The Door Mouse
September 25th 2006


2092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

you shall be damned to hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AnyColour74
September 25th 2006


1054 Comments


psh, pwntendo

Cravinov13
September 25th 2006


3854 Comments


They don't suck, but they are not amazing.

The Door Mouse
September 25th 2006


2092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

ur not amazing^^^

Pwntendo
September 25th 2006


70 Comments


Look out guys, zepdude is on a roll!

CanonInD
September 25th 2006


359 Comments


Led Zeppelin suck.

Yeah basically.



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