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Too manic, not enough nirvana
on 19 April 2014
Plant sings like a demon, but the drums are laughably too loud, they should have ditched all the synths, the production is blusteringly over-emphatic, too many of the songs lack distinctiveness or direction, and the whole thing sounds like a heavy rock band (albeit with a tremendous singer) let loose in a recording studio and told to turn it up to eleven.
However, there`s still a lot to like here, with a few good tracks, but it ain`t Fate of Nations or Mighty Rearranger, arguably his best two `solo` albums.
Sounds like something he needed to get off his - bared, naturally - chest.
I love Robert Plant, but I`m not an uncritical fan. This is one-third excellent, one-third intriguing, one-third utter crap.
One thing it sure doesn`t deserve in a million years is five stars.