Band of Joy - Robert Plant
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  • Summary: The title of Plant's new album revives the name of his pre-Zeppelin psychedelic band from the '60s and combines folksy rock with his own solo work.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
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  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. 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.
  3. The suspicion lingers that Band Of Joy will be remembered more fondly than its wonderful predecessor.
  4. Band of Joy, by both reaching back and by yearning for a decorous new future, is an album that matters.
  5. 80
    It all adds up to more willful magic from Plant. [Oct. 2010, p. 94]
  6. Band Of Joy is a good place for him to stay a little longer. [Oct 2010, p.114]
  7. Jan 3, 2011
    40
    Without co-star Alison Krauss or marquee Texan producer T Bone Burnett, Robert Plant's latest solo outing suffers the expected sequel slump.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Sep 26, 2010
    9
    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. Expand
  2. Nov 6, 2010
    8
    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. Expand
  3. Dec 9, 2010
    6
    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 Expand

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