East West [Release date 08.09.14]
Sometimes an album leaves your jaw dropped, with words incapable of doing it justice. Such is Robert Plant’s latest offering.
While Jimmy Page continues to yearn for days of yore, Plant continues to look for new horizons to explore whether they be rock, folk, country or in this case – ‘world’ music. Now normally that wouldn’t float my boat and Plant’s post Zeppelin output has, to my tastes, been patchy, but he certainly can’t be accused of resting on his laurels.
On Lullaby And … The Ceaseless Roar he takes his blues rock roots and marries then to an amalgam of intercontinental worldly beats, melodies and soundscapes. In that sense he’s chosen to not to discover or re-invent but sought to come up with something unique. And what’s more, he’s achieved it.
One of the most ‘interesting’ and original releases you’ll heard this year. One that defies categorisation, demands repeated listens and reveals bejewelled facets on each occasion. Sensational, indeed. ****
Review by Pete Whalley
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