Dreamland

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  • Summary: The former Led Zeppelin singer's first solo album in nearly 10 years is a mix of originals and covers, including Bob Dylan's "One More Cup of Coffee" (also recently covered by the White Stripes) and Tim Buckley's "Win My Train Fare Home."
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
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  1. Fans of Led Zeppelin may not take to these stylistic changes well, but Plant's adventurous tendencies are well placed on the ten songs here.
  2. Q Magazine
    80
    An astonishing reassertion of relevance for Plant. [July 2002, p.118]
  3. Uncut
    80
    A fine collection and a lesson in dignified maturity from which all former rock gods could learn. [Aug 2002, p.115]
  4. Mojo
    70
    [The] eight covers [are] all imaginatively and emotionally committed, six of them brilliantly so. [July 2002, p.96]
  5. Dreamland's lack of ambition doesn't translate into irrelevancy
  6. 60
    While Dreamland is a dignified, pleasant album, you can't help but give the edge to 1975.
  7. Entertainment Weekly
    50
    Plant makes the brilliant past seem truly leaden. [19 July 2002, p.74]

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. BradY.
    Aug 7, 2002
    10
    Excellent! Won't get the credit it deserves.
  2. HeathB.
    Aug 17, 2002
    9
    Very tastefully done.
  3. LadyZeppelin
    Oct 15, 2002
    9
    Took a while to grow on me, but once it did...what a fine album.
  4. F.ZIVKO
    Nov 14, 2003
    7
    An interesting, engaging effort, for sure. The selection of cover tunes seems apt to the current limitations of Plant's vocals. Prior to An interesting, engaging effort, for sure. The selection of cover tunes seems apt to the current limitations of Plant's vocals. Prior to the first listen, I had expected something more akin to Plant's phenomenally brilliant 1993 effort, Fate of Nations. However, most of the initial disappointment disappeared by the second listen. What is truly disappointing is the continued decline of Plant's range and texture. Yet, he still manages to come off as sounding (mostly) young and vital. The true gems here are Funny in my Mind, One more Cup of Coffee, Song to the Siren, and Darkness, Darkness. Without the tapestry of Plant's brilliant past, I might have been tempted to rate this one higher. Alas, he's not in his 20's anymore, and he seems to be avoiding the pretense of the chest-beating style he was known for, and making music appropriate to this stage of his life. As a HUGE longtime fan, I hope the next effort will be heavier. Expand