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  • Summary: The 11th solo release for the Led Zeppelin lead singer is backed by his band the Sensational Space Shifters and features a guest appearance from Chrissie Hynde.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Oct 13, 2017
    90
    Despite Plant's clear favor of the heart and head over primal pleasures, Carry Fire retains a visceral kick, because the singer/songwriter understands the transportive power of music, how the old can seem new when seen with a different light.
  2. 90
    Plant continues down his remarkably innovative path on the combustible Carry Fire, further expanding an already eclectic, forward-thinking solo career and creating an artistic, often edgy persona largely removed from past glories many younger fans may not even be familiar with.
  3. Uncut
    Oct 12, 2017
    90
    The rootsy exuberance of Lullaby giving way to a mixture of romantic longing and social commentary. [Nov 2017, p.22]
  4. Oct 13, 2017
    80
    Carry Fire is an excellent example of a legendary rock star who no longer needs to prove anything yet still refuses to phone it in.
  5. Oct 16, 2017
    80
    His 11th solo album doesn’t deviate wildly in tone from 2014’s Lullaby and ... the Ceaseless Roar. He’s backed once again by the Sensational Space Shifters, who artfully flesh out the rock and folk elements with splashes of bendir, oud and djembe.
  6. 80
    With the skirling, Arabic-tinged drone-rock textures of his band The Space Shifters augmented by cello and Seth Lakeman’s violin, the album’s miasmic charm imbues even the rockabilly standard “Bluebirds Over The Mountain” with new, mysterious depths.
  7. Mojo
    Oct 12, 2017
    60
    For Carry Fire, Plant has written Lion In Winter love songs. [Nov 2017, p.96]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nov 11, 2017
    10
    Robert Plant is getting more mellow with the years, and I like it. Love his melodies, harmonies and mesmerizing rhythms, with occasional wellRobert Plant is getting more mellow with the years, and I like it. Love his melodies, harmonies and mesmerizing rhythms, with occasional well placed dissonances. He has a group of excellent musicians, mixing electric and acoustic guitars, the latter sound more in English folk tradition, with occasional addition of violin and some more exotic instruments. The music is rich and complex, and has a kind of organic, natural, unforced feel of spontaneously emerging from great band making music together. The composition of the album works with its own ups and downs, but if I have to chose my preferred songs are Carry Fire, Bones of Saints, Dance with you tonight, and The May Queen. A solid 9, but I'll give it a 10 because of a troll down there. Expand
  2. Dec 16, 2017
    10
    Ill give it a 10! Its not perfect, but no album is. It has some great songs. Robert has learned to use his voice and music in an enchantingIll give it a 10! Its not perfect, but no album is. It has some great songs. Robert has learned to use his voice and music in an enchanting way. he has taken all the thingsI have always loved about him and Led Zep and gone next level. He gets it!! Some of these songs are amazing and brilliant but they are all good. No need to fast forward to the epic songs.. Robert Plant is aging like a fine wine.. This album is a gem Expand
  3. Dec 12, 2017
    9
    Once again Robert Plant proves his vigor for his continued exploration of new music rather than just falling back on the supreme success ofOnce again Robert Plant proves his vigor for his continued exploration of new music rather than just falling back on the supreme success of the past and cashing in with reunion tours as the rest of the classic pack does. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but as much as I love Zep I'll take this way over hearing the same old great stuff for the thousandth time. Expand
  4. Dec 21, 2017
    9
    This is a good piece of real music, communion of wonderful musicians, and as such is scarce. One may not like it but must appreciate.

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