Led Zeppelin
Houses of the Holy


5.0
classic

Review

by The Door Mouse USER (29 Reviews)
November 12th, 2006 | 34 replies | 4,778 views


Release Date: 1973 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is the most diverse album I've heard in my life. It mixes funk with folk with psychedelic with reggae. It is the best album ever in my opinion.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Diversity is something that we need every day. With out it we would all live boring and wasteful lives. Could you imagine the poor fellow who does the usual routine constantly? It is just something vital. Something that paints a picture of this need is Houses of the Holy. This goes from funk to reggae and everything in between. It would be very difficult to top their last success, Led Zeppelin IV, but I believe that they did this very well.

One thing that makes me praise this album is how well the songs are puzzled together. In starting track The Song Remains the Same Jimmy Page shows his skill very well. At times he is quintuple tracking his guitar. They are very technical in that song speeding it up so Plant’s voice is up to two octaves high than usual. It can get annoying but it is very admirable how much effort is put into this song. The sound density in that song is just very amazing. Another song that is like that is the folk like Over the Hills and far Away. The guitar intro is one of the best I’ve ever heard and the guitar doesn’t stop to impress. This song is a reason to like the album. It is one of the catchiest songs to come out of Led Zeppelin genius. Though the ending does drag with almost inaudible guitar that doesn’t take much away from this masterpiece.

From 1969 through 1971 they were basically a blues/hard rock band. As I said before, this is diverse. They do not leave that quality. The Ocean, written by John Bonham, is a perfect example of how Led Zeppelin can get when they become bluesy. It features Page sliding down a bluesy fret board, JPJ following, Bonham doing powerhouse drumming and Plant singing Bonham’s happy go lucky lyrics. Once again Page is using multiple tracks. Another song like this is Dancing’ Days. It sort of repetitive but it doesn’t disappoint. Plant is pretty much sticking to a couple notes. It is a little bit boring but the instrumentals make up for it.

This album also has two songs that you will never hear anything like it that was produced by Led Zeppelin. One of them, The Crunge, is an ode to James Brown. It merely started as a jam session with Bonham doing a complex drum beat then John Paul Jones doing a very groovy bassline and Jimmy doing a funky guitar riff. That jam session turned into a fun and funky song. It ends abruptly as an awkward ‘Have you seen the bridge?’ Very weird but very cool. Another unique song is D’yer Mak’er. Pronounced ‘Jamaica’ this song has very reggae influenced guitar. Bonham’s drum fills are a reason to love the song. Every thing is perfect in this song.

This album gets very psychedelic with one single song. No Quarter has some very pearl drop like synthesizer and far out guitar riffs. The song is just very mystical and weird. This song features vocal effects, intricate drum beats, heavily distorted guitar and great piano. This was John Paul Jones’ slot in the album. I always loved it when he took over. He really shines in this song.

On every Led Zeppelin album there is one song that stands out. One song that exceeds the norm is Rain Song. It is a lovely track with beautiful acoustic guitar, soft bush stick drumming, backing violin and gorgeous lyrics spewing out of Plant’s peaceful vocals. That crescendos into an uplifting orchestral sounding section then tamed to the relaxing part. The up beat outro is one of the best I’ve ever heard. This song is extremely creative because it has the most unique tuning I’ve seen. If you can find another song with Gsus4 tuning I will pay you. If you’re in a bad and angry mood this is the song to listen to. Your anger will be washed away with this emotionally happy, inspirational song.

This album absolutely cannot be contained into one genre. That is the main reason why I consider this the best album ever. It explores into new styles. Another great thing is the consistency. There is no filler. Some may consider The Crunge a filler track but I don’t see why. Just because it is different doesn’t mean that it’s filler. It means that they have the guts to change things up.

Pros:
Rain Song
Diversity
Consistency

Cons:
Not enough blues
Some people may not like how different it gets

Individual tracks:
Song Remains the Same 4/5
Rain Song 5/5
Over the Hills and Far Away 4.75/5
The Crunge 4/5
Dancing Days 4/5
D’Yer Mak’er 5/5
No Quarter 4/5
The Ocean 4.5/5

5/5 no doubt.



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The Door Mouse
November 12th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There in no need for this review! I think I did good though.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2006



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Your intro is pretty bad, and the review as a whole is not very well-written.

The Door Mouse
November 12th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

really^^^? I though my intro was spectacular.This Message Edited On 11.12.06

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2006



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I bet you did.

Diversity is something that we need every day. With out it we would all live boring and wasteful lives. Could you imagine the poor fellow who does the usual routine constantly? It is just something vital.

This part is alright, but then you just launch into talking about Zeppelin and it's really disjointed.
A great contributor of this necessity is Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy. This goes from funk to reggae and everything in between. They had to follow up on the very praised Led Zeppelin IV and I think that they did that nearly impossible task 10 fold.

Some of that just doesn't really make sense.

The Door Mouse
November 12th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Like what?

Zmev
November 12th 2006



983 Comments


From 1969 through 1971 they were basically a blues/hard rock band. As I said before, this is diverse.


buuuuhhhhhhhh

The Door Mouse
November 12th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^^^That was very helpful!

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2006



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

A great contributor of this necessity is Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy

I get what you're trying to say, but you should probably word it differently. Saying something like "Houses of the Holy is a great contributor of diversity" is kind of awkward. Try something like this:
Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy is a great example of diversity

Also, you might want to reword this a bit:
They had to follow up on the very praised Led Zeppelin IV and I think that they did that nearly impossible task 10 fold.

Try something like:
Making a followup album to the praised Led Zeppelin IV would be a very difficult task, but I think that they achieved that task.

Not the best, but still better than what you have.

A lot of your diction is very awkward to read.



The Door Mouse
November 12th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ok thanks! I'm gonna fix than now. Hows that?This Message Edited On 11.12.06

The Door Mouse
November 12th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm going to bed so whatever you say I won't get untill 2morro

Zmev
November 12th 2006



983 Comments


^^^That was very helpful!


And yet you didn't edit it.

John Paul Harrison
November 12th 2006



1014 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

JOHN PAUL GIVES MAD PROPS FOR IMPROVEMENT.

Like was stated before, some of the grammar is awkward, and the opening transition was a bit rough. But overall you tried to steer away from that boring, conventional template you've been using. You described the sound in an interesting way, you didn't dwell too long on boring background info, and you made a good; albeit clumsy, attempt at an interesting intro.

So, hey. Good job, Zepdude.


The Door Mouse
November 13th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thx jph

Iai
Emeritus
November 13th 2006



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Jesus, why does every review of this album give it 5 stars? It's their worst album!

MrKite
November 13th 2006



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, never saw you before?^
But, anyways, I liked your review. I'm gonna get this soon as I have heard so much good stuff about (that^ being the only bad thing).

The Door Mouse
November 13th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^^^Lol, you've never seen him? Well Iai hasn't been on that much lately. Thx 4 the vote.

MrKite
November 13th 2006



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was s urprised because he has so many comments and he's an Approved Reviewer.
No problem.

Thor
November 18th 2006



10176 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Iai, methinks this is their best.

hard_rocker89
November 18th 2006



278 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Excellent album...though different form their others, it rocks!

Thor
November 19th 2006



10176 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

That's why it's their best. I really liked how they straight up made an experimental album with this one. It came out just in time.



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