Band of Joy - Robert Plant

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. It's marked by the fresh excitement of mapping out new territory rather than the more craven pleasure of wallowing in nostalgia: an object lesson in the value of not giving people what they want.
  2. Robert Plant sounds vocally reenergized on this covers-heavy follow-up to his Grammy-winning Alison Krauss collaboration, Raising Sand.
  3. The suspicion lingers that Band Of Joy will be remembered more fondly than its wonderful predecessor.
  4. Clearly neither advancing age nor years of unabated success have deprived Plant of either his constant appetite for challenge or his ability to deliver in a cogent, credible and thoroughly convincing fashion.
  5. It's as a joyous a record as you'll ever hear, a testament that the power of music lies not in its writing but in its performance.
  6. Where its predecessor found Plant operating in a finely-tuned genre, Band Of Joy gives him an opportunity to explore his influences, and to colour a few choice odds and ends from the rock 'n' roll canon with his indelible mark.
  7. Plant has steadfastly resisted a return to the Zep fold; Band of Joy makes us glad for that.
  8. What was once Plant's bold reclamation of self has become a little pat, but it's hard to complain about the predictability of Band Of Joy when the songs sound so good, with their softly sawing guitars, syncopated rhythms, and voices rising from the fuzz, strong and sure.
  9. Jan 10, 2011
    While touching upon Led Zep's more pastoral moments and Raising Sand's rootsy variety, Robert avoids rehashing his former glories.
  10. 80
    "Satan, your kingdom must come down," Plant croons on the penultimate track. Take that, Jimmy Page.
  11. In the end, Plant sounds more comfortable in this genre than he has on any of his past solo albums.
  12. 80
    It all adds up to more willful magic from Plant. [Oct. 2010, p. 94]
  13. 80
    It's the sound of a man confronting his own inevitable end with humour and dignity. Let's hope he doesn't move on any time soon. As band OF Joy proves, this particular wellspring is far from dry. [Oct 2010, p.82]
  14. Band Of Joy is a good place for him to stay a little longer. [Oct 2010, p.114]
  15. Co-produced by Plant and critically revered singer-songwriter-guitarist Buddy Miller, Joy is a mostly covers grab bag stitched together by Plant's sweetly urgent croon and finely crafted layers of sepia-toned instrumentation and vocals.
  16. Band of Joy, by both reaching back and by yearning for a decorous new future, is an album that matters.
  17. If Plant does nothing more on this album than draw attention to that Duluth, Minn., trio's music, he deserves praise.
  18. This is a record primarily about loss and time's march, and Plant sings with gravity, working his middle range.
  19. Band Of Joy is an essential purchase... if your dad is having a birthday this month.
  20. It's nice that he's managed to keep things tasteful, but instead of quiet intensity, it comes across more as overly cautious and timid – not exactly what he was aiming for.
  21. An album of blues covers that's beautifully mellow and endearingly warm. [25 Sep 2010, p.52]
  22. Jan 3, 2011
    Without co-star Alison Krauss or marquee Texan producer T Bone Burnett, Robert Plant's latest solo outing suffers the expected sequel slump.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Dec 9, 2010
    Robert´s Plant new collection of songs, gives a recognition to his early influences and shows us how diverse and powerful his voice is. He recruited people from Los Lobos and long experienced musicians that contribute as a solid base for the living legend voice, their spectrum goes from country to R&R and into soul, and although he´s not singing those high notes from decades ago he stills projects and provokes a reaction of joy to the listener . A non-pretentious enjoyable album Full Review »
  2. Nov 6, 2010
    Fresh and exciting return to form, and eclipses Raising Sand in the breadth of its influences. Plenty of old school rock n roll is drawn on, as well as bluegrass, blues, and Plant's own background. He still sounds fresh and excited by the opportunities music affords him, and that vigour draws the backing musicians along with him, effortlessly. Full Review »
  3. Sep 26, 2010
    Extending the vibe of his last recording with Alison Krauss on "Raising Sand", Band of Joy is a fluid, if unusual, synthesis of rock and bluegrass. Accompanied by an especially talented group of musicians including Buddy Miller, Darrell Scott and Patty Griffin this effort has all the hallmarks of Plant's previous solo recordings but still sounds fresh and new. Even at 62, Plant isn't afraid to explore new horizons. Full Review »