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A Little Love
on 15 September 2014
I am sat here listening to this disc, having owned it since the dark old days of Vinyl (now back at twice the price!) and I had the urge to come on and give this one a little love. Probably everything negative you've heard about the album is correct - it's odd, angular, and has lots of synth on it, and female backing vocals often when you least expect it.
But the sound - my goodness does this ever fill a room with vibes. The guitar work, not often mentioned in connection with this one is stellar, but what really makes the difference is the percussion - both acoustic and electronic. It shakes walls.
Given all the elements I'd say this album probably took a lot more arranging then the other early solo efforts. There's a lot going on during every song, this is a band who found a strange corner to reside in, and it suits them, and they're wringing every ounce of sweat out of being, well, strange. It's the kind of album you could really regret - or really love. I've always been the latter.
Oh sure Little by Little is the most conventional song and gets the headlines. But really, by the time this album came out Plant had moved way beyond Led Zep and they shouldn't really be mentioned in the same breadth.
Plant has done what so many fail at - he hit the big time with a name act, had all the excess and madness, and then quietly moved away in worlds we couldn't of guessed at before hearing them for the first time. I can perfectly understand why some would hate this. But for me it's so joyous, the sound so loud and detailed - layered - that I can't do anything other than wallow in it's luxuries.
Tis a five.