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4.0 out of 5 stars
Not quite Zeppelin..., 4 Sep 2003
This is Page and Plant's first collaboration on new material since the odd couple of tracks from the 'No Quarter' album. I didn't know what to expect when I first bought this- could they still produce the old Zeppelin magic with only those two? Yes and no. At times on this album you can feel them sparking each other off- Most High, Burning Up, Please Read The Letter all sound like they could have come from the 'Physical Graffiti' seesions. However, some of the tracks really do feel like 'fillers', 'Blue Train' and 'When I was a child' in particular. Robert is in fine voice, and his lyrics still contain his trademark elements of heartfelt blues and mysticism. One minor complaint is Jimmy's guitar tone; it sounds a little sterile compared to his sound of the seventies. That said, he is still probably the greatest living exponent of the electric guitar, and can still throw off classic riffs and solos with enviable ease. Overall, a fairly solid rock album that sits well alongside the old Zeppelin albums.