|1. Another Tribe|
|2. Shine It All Around|
|3. Freedom Fries|
|4. Tin Pan Valley|
|5. All The Kings Horses|
|6. The Enchanter|
|8. Dancing In Heaven|
|9. Somebody Knocking|
|10. Let The Four Winds Blow|
|11. Mighty Rearranger|
|12. Brother Ray|
It doesn't stand the comparison . . . in the same way a Porsche Boxter doesn't really compare to a Ferrari F1 car.
There's no "Kashmir" here, no "Custard Pie" or "Trampled Underfoot". The bravado and bawdiness of a mid-70s Plant is superceded by the more mature world view that comes with experience.
And that's a good thing. There's something a little silly about men in their late 50s bawling lyrics about sexual potency which they wrote in their mid-20s.
Plant's words on this album hint that that's the way he feels about things. His cv guarantees a level of interest way beyond the norm, but this music is not the sound of a hairy old rocker trading on past glories.
Listen to "Tin Pan Valley" where Plant rounds on his peers "who flirt with cabaret" or "fake the rebel yell" and you get the feeling he will not be bringing out an album of Cole Porter covers or re-forming Led Zeppelin - two more good things.
Neither will he be sending a Christmas card to George Bush, if you go by the sentiments of "Takamba" of "Another Tribe".
Thought-provoking, musically-challenging and, above all, brave.
Plant doesn't have to take chances or challenge expectations, but he does on this album.
Buy it for those reasons, and not because this guy used to sing for Led Zeppelin, and you won't be disappointed.
Highlights are the first single Shine It All Around (there is also trance version of it as a hidden track), All The King's Horses, Tin Pan Valley (a great statement of principles from Robert) and Freedom Fries.
I am happy to recommend this album to anyone who likes Robert Plant's music.
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