Band of Joy

  • Record Label: Rounder
  • Release Date: Sep 14, 2010
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. 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 notesRobert´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 Collapse
  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.
  3. 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'tExtending 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

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Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Jan 10, 2011
    80
    While touching upon Led Zep's more pastoral moments and Raising Sand's rootsy variety, Robert avoids rehashing his former glories.
  2. 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.
  3. The suspicion lingers that Band Of Joy will be remembered more fondly than its wonderful predecessor.