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  • Summary: The tenth solo album for the British rock singer backed by his band the Sensational Space Shifters feature influences from African, dance and jazz music.
  • Record Label: Nonesuch
  • Genre(s): Country, Folk, Americana, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Folk, Hard Rock, Modern Acoustic Blues
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Sep 9, 2014
    93
    For the ruminating about the world and wanderlust, lullaby’s potency comes from affairs of the heart, love lost and sought, and the jagged loneliness of failing to stay bonded.
  2. Sep 2, 2014
    90
    These outstanding songs, imaginatively and intuitively balanced by clever production, cohere to form a serious work reflecting on landscape, memory, regret and the pull of our roots. It more than earns its somewhat portentous title.
  3. 83
    Its multitude of borrowings from other genres meld elegantly to frame Plant's inimitably keening vocals. [12 Sep 2014, p.62]
  4. Sep 2, 2014
    80
    A beautifully moving, soul-stirring, bravely genre-blurring album. [Oct 2014, p.111]
  5. Sep 8, 2014
    80
    A searing, soul-searching jewel.
  6. Sep 12, 2014
    70
    It’s a bit front-loaded, and not every track will floor you, but it’s definitely the most summative album of Robert Plant’s career.
  7. 60
    It's hard to tell whether this is Plant teasing, or connecting threads, or both. Whatever the truth, his bloody-minded refusal to countenance that Zeppelin reunion continues to yield beguiling new directions.

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Score distribution:
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Sep 9, 2014
    9
    Excellent. Robert Plant demonstrates that he's one of the best in the business with a very eclectic and satisfying album. From the pianoExcellent. Robert Plant demonstrates that he's one of the best in the business with a very eclectic and satisfying album. From the piano oriented A Stolen Kiss to the rocker Turn It Up, every song forms part of a whole that Plant crafted very consciously. Expand
  2. Sep 11, 2014
    9
    A little more on the lullaby side and not veering much into a ceaseless roar. However, this is an album which has something of a classicA little more on the lullaby side and not veering much into a ceaseless roar. However, this is an album which has something of a classic written all over it because whatever he is trying to convey is done with a quiet sort of grace. I like it much better than his work with Allison Krauss - that album having a sort of way of making one tire of it. This album has all sorts of interesting things to discover. It might need more than one or two plays to appreciate it more fully. Expand
  3. Sep 10, 2014
    8
    summed up, I wouldn't quite say this album is a masterpiece. I find, although the album has no bad tracks on it, some of the songs on thesummed up, I wouldn't quite say this album is a masterpiece. I find, although the album has no bad tracks on it, some of the songs on the second half of the album are a little weaker. Otherwise i would happily say this was among some of Plant's best work.
    If I was to be honest, i wouldn't say i was that bothered whether Led Zeppelin reformed or not, because there's the great and most influential music they came out with then, and there's also some of the great, immensely enjoyable works of the Zeppelin vocalist now, years later.
    its called moving on, people, and wanting to be known for something perhaps a little different.
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  4. Oct 3, 2014
    8
    Robert Plant, who made a name for himself as the singer of Led Zeppelin really has paid his dues in the music industry and he can pretty muchRobert Plant, who made a name for himself as the singer of Led Zeppelin really has paid his dues in the music industry and he can pretty much do whatever he wants with his new music. This is the first album I have ever heard in it entirety from Plant's solo career. It shows a wide variety of influence and it displays a lot of music that I would not have checked out otherwise. You can't expect Led Zeppelin if you buy this album but I think most fans know that by now. Lullaby and.... The Ceaseless Roar is a very good album and it really turns me on to Robert Plant's solo work. I now understand why he is so reluctant to go out and tour with Zeppelin and that is because he is experimenting with other areas of music and doing a damn good job of it. I highlight the tracks Little Maggie, Rainbow, Turn It Up and A Stolen Kiss. Expand
  5. Sep 15, 2014
    4
    It's tough for me to accept the reality that is Robert Plant , now. I expect more from him. This album is an effortless journey into aIt's tough for me to accept the reality that is Robert Plant , now. I expect more from him. This album is an effortless journey into a slumber, where me, the listener keeps hoping for a slight jolt of excitement from one of the masters of the past. Nope. It's exactly what it claims to be, a Lullaby, but with an absent "Roar" there's no "Roar" here. It's all Lullaby, and that's fine. I felt let down. Like a first date with a girl that brags about her oral skills, only to find she was literally referring to her speaking skills. There was no oral fun.
    This is like that date. You are all ready for "Robert Plant" the elder statesman of rock, but you get Robert Plan the elder statesman of elder. I don't know if I will play this one again, until I too become elder, much elder.
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