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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.
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VINE VOICEon 20 January 2003
Well not quite, but this is certainly the furthest he strayed from the music he is known and loved for. Full of staccato rhythms, beeping sythns and sighing female backing vocals this album is a long way from Led Zeppelin.
When he slows thing down and plays it a bit more straight as on 'Little by Little' it works well, but for the most part while interesting it lacks strong songs and is to self consciously 'different' be really enjoyable.
Apparently this was hisreaction against the 'poodle rock' of Bon Jovi & others so prevalent in 1985 when this was released. Having got it out if his system he them moved on to better things with 'Now and Zen'.
Shaken and Stirred is really for completists only.
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on 23 February 2014
The album of an artist in transition. Having established himself outside of Led Zeppelin, Robert continues to expand musical boundaries- with mixed results -on this his third solo outing. From the now trite sounding 'Too Loud' - where he has tried too hard to follow current trends, something LZ never did- to the superb 'Trouble Your Money', Shaken'n'Stirred sounds like an artist trying to move from one place to another.
Despite the superb use of backing vocals, something completely new for Robert Plant, some of the songs here sound like synth riffs linked together in search of a song, and unfortunately in some cases, a soul. At least we can say we now know what happens when you put one of the greatest blues/rock voices with a bunch of unblues/rock instruments. Electro-blues/rap?
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on 11 December 2004
I have always been a great zep fan and i think this particular album rob plant brought out is brave,but it pushes my buttons! It might not be the led zep of old but hey it aint meant to be! It is robert plant moving in a new direction and i think this album is a great effort.Normally there is always at least 1 track that you just cant stand!but not here.Every track is different and original.A must for any rob plant fan!
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on 16 July 2015
Package arrived on time with no drama - Thanks
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on 6 November 2014
Very pleased thank you
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on 9 December 2015
Top CD,thank you.
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on 11 September 2015
Thanks
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on 15 August 2015
Great service , and quality cd , thank you
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on 6 June 2014
good
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