Listening to Robert Plant‘s 2014 solo album lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar turned out to be more fascinating than I thought it would be since it presents the former Led Zeppelin singer in a setting where Jimmy Page has no input. Although all four members of the band were wildly talented, each bringing a lot to the table, it was certainly Page who gave Led Zeppelin direction, both in terms of how the records sounded — he was the producer in addition to being the band’s guitarist — and in terms of forming the songs themselves. 35 years after the last Zeppelin record, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar really does sound strikingly foreign, since by now Plant‘s voice has changed quite a bit, too. The folky “Little Maggie” leads off the record, and it’s a beaut. It’s my favorite song on the album, and it comes in at #81 on my Top Tracks of 2014 list.
- Led Zeppelin – “Gallows Pole” (1970)
- Led Zeppelin – “Black Country Woman” (1975)
- Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – “Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)” (2007)
- Robert Plant – “Embrace Another Fall” (2014)
- Robert Plant – “Up On the Hollow Hill (Understanding Arthur)” (2014)
Also, be sure to read Stephen Thomas Erlewine’s review of lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar on AllMusic if you are unfamiliar with “Little Maggie” or Robert Plant.