Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mumford & Plant



While billions, or at least millions wait patiently for Robert Plant to lose his mind and agree to a Led Zeppelin reunion, he continues to release fresh new music on his own. It may not be the testosterock Zep fans want, but there's no denying the beauty of "Raising Sand," the Grammy winning collaboration with Alison Krauss or the solid, cosmic, country-rock of  "Band Of Joy," Plant's follow-up. He may be starting to resemble Grandmama Addams, but Robert Plant's music is definitely aging gracefully.

The first single from his upcoming record "lullaby...and The Ceaseless Roar" was released yesterday and I'm speculating that like most first singles, it doesn't truly represent what's to come, or if it does, it isn't the strongest of what lies ahead.

I'm interested to see the universal response to this track. To my ears, it sounds like Bono & The Edge after a weekend with Mumford & Sons. Both U2 & M&S get trashed frequently on these pages (not by me), so I wonder if this particular track will get a thumbs up or down.

11 comments:

buzzbabyjesus said...

If you'd played "guess the artist" I might not have got it. Fortunately I don't really know what Mumford sounds like, and I don't hear the Edge(a good thing), but the Bono call is good. I like Robert's voice better than Percy's, because he seems to be more interested in singing. The song was easy to tolerate. It could even grow on me.

Christine said...

Testosterock is my new favorite word.

FD13NYC said...

Hey, that's really not half bad. In fact, it's pretty good, at least to my ears anyway. I will explore the rest of the CD, hope it holds my attention.

cmealha said...

I really love this track. Say what you will he has not rested on his laurels. He's always trying and at the very least, interesting.

A walk in the woods said...

Dang, yeah!! What's not to like, really? It sounds just like what Plant should be doing right now.

Noam Sane said...

You too, Robert Planet?

JAYESSEMM said...

We can't complain about people's short attention spans to music and then pass judgement on a track if it does or doesn't grab on the first listen.

One thing that hearing this track did was send me back -- I'm listening to Band of Joy and (still / again / ...) the record with Alison Krause. Great stuff!

peabody nobis said...

As much as I loved LedZep, I think Plant is correct not to try to extend it. There's just too much water under the bridge, and too many new horizons to explore.
And for sure, Plant is always exploring new terrain, which is dangerous for many artists, but he seems to embrace the challenge. Hopefully, the rest of the new album will be as interesting as this single.

jmsafree said...

The song is vaguely similar to Bruce Springsteen"s Fire.

Gram Lynch said...

Would love to listen to it but the lawyers won't allow it in the UK. Ironic when you consider where Robert's from.

charlie c. said...

Castrati-rock?
(I just had to go there . . .)