How The West Was Won - Led Zeppelin
Metascore
97

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Songs that have grown overly familiar through years of play seem fresh and new because of these vigorous, muscular performances.
  2. The three discs represent lightning captured in a bottle.
  3. How the West Was Won serves up their muscle, sweaty heart and golden grandeur in an exhaustingly persuasive light. That, and a hundred of the best riffs you've ever heard.
  4. 90
    Jaw-dropping. [Jul 2003, p.136]
  5. Presents Led Zeppelin in all their ragged glory and heavy splendour. [Jul 2003, p.119]
  6. 70
    The empathy between the four is palpable. [Jun 2003, p.113]
  7. Capture[s] a mighty band at the height of its gargantuan power.
  8. 100
    It's a masterclass in why they were, and still are, the greatest rock band to grace the Earth.
  9. "Black Dog" and "Over the Hills and Far Away" back-to-back are gonzo.
  10. 100
    Even if you think you've heard it all before, West is a winner.
  11. A vital document of Led Zeppelin's formidable legacy.
  12. Zep faithful will welcome the belated release as evidence for enduring loyalty, but younger fans may find its diversity and dynamics even more enlightening.
  13. How the West Was Won proves that Led Zeppelin was nearly peerless in creating gigantic, thunderous rock.
User Score
9.3

Universal acclaim- based on 158 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 87
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 87
  3. Negative: 1 out of 87
  1. Jun 18, 2011
    10
    A hark back to when bands could sing instead of auto-tune. A fabulous collection of great hits and amazing guitar playing, with amazing lyrics and singing to boot. What more do you need? Full Review »
  2. Sep 25, 2012
    10
    As a huge Zeppelin fan I was floored the first time I listened to this album. Knowing all of these songs it was as though these guys were sequestered on leashes for a long time and then someone unleashed them allowing them to shred like four supercharged virtuosos in sync. This is arguably their best work! I listened to this album most every day for over a year after I heard it the first time. Full Review »
  3. Mar 27, 2012
    10
    This album is a perfect piece, has some of the best rock songs of all-time as Starway to Heaven, Black Dog, Immigrant Song and Whole Lotta Love, as well as great moments in Rock & Roll, Heartbreaker or Moby Dick, simply awesome! Full Review »