I was acid blues being molested by heavy rock. II was more of the same, with the rock being more prominent. III was a departure from their style, being light and acoustic. IV was Led Zep mixing both - light acoustic stuff with wondefully heavy stuff (in some places melding the two in one single song). Houses Of The Holy cobntinued with that idea, and on Physical Graffiti they went all out rock. Presence feels totally different - this is not a happy band - altogether sick of the strain of touring, and the drink and the drugs and the groupies. It starts off with the amazing 'Achilles Last Stand'. The drums are mixed wonderfully, the wall of sound the multiple guitar tracks make is perfect, the 'chuk chuk chuk' backing interplay between the bass and drums is fantastic, and Plant's vocals are in fine fettle. The album continues in solid form, with 'Royal Orleans' being a fun, short funky sort of thing. Then comes the next masterpiece - 'Nobody's Fault But Mine'. The guitar starts, with a bending, 'wah-wah' effect, which is then backed up by Plant's vocals, in the same vein. It's a wonderful song, and, ala 'achilles last stand' is a total masterpiece. The album then takes a HORRIBLE turn, with the inclusion of the horrible 'candy store rock'. No enjoyment can be gleaned from this one...Luckily, Presence is back on form again with the last two tracks - especially 'Tea For One'.
'Presence' is an essential purchase for fans of led zep. It shows a band ill at ease with the stress with of being the world's biggest and best rock band.