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Plant pays his dues
on 21 January 2003
An album of cover versions in which Plant tackles songs by those who influenced him - Hendrix, Tim Buckley, Skip Spence, Bob Dylan and a selection of old blues numbers. This is inevitably a bit of a mixed bag. Things perhaps not surprisingly work best with the more blues based tracks; Morning Due / Darkness Darkness, and not so well when he moves into territory his voice doesn't suite so well e.g. One More Cup Of Coffee.
It an interesting album which will hopefully send people out to trackdown some of the originals which is perhaps at least some of the point. However, the production tends a little towards the bland and much of this drifts by pleasantly but unexciting. I can't see why anyone would play this in preference to his better solo stuff; Manic Nirvana, Fate of Nations, or anything by Led Zepplin.
Plant is still in fine voice and having got this one out of his system hopefully his next album will see a return to his own songwriting.