Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters: Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar (Warners)

 |   |  <1 min read

Robert Plant: Embrace Another Fall
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters: Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar (Warners)

Although singing a generous number of highly reconfigured Led Zeppelin songs at his 2013 Vector show with this band, Plant continues to distance himself from Zepp's hard rock-cum-folk catalogue, leaving former bandmate Jimmy Page to mine the past while he moves further sideways through world music, American country, rebooted blues and even simple pop.

With the Space Shifters discreetly pulling in African percussion and instruments alongside tape loops, banjo and drum programmes, Plant dials back the vocal melodrama for co-written originals which have a woozy, dreamlike quality (Rainbow, Up on the Hollow Hill), beguiling exotica (the fiddle sound of riti on the drone-like Pocketful of Golden) or work a blend of prog-rock and North African trance (Embrace Another Fall with an explosive guitar section and unexpected Celtic vocals by Julie Murphy).

The centrepieces are a mysteriously lovely piano ballad (A Stolen Kiss) and a simple country-pop piece Somebody There before we're back on a journey (the banjo plunking Poor Howard based on a Lead Belly blues), guitar jangle pop (House of Love) and beyond.

Plant's destination is “Further” and here takes his most open-minded followers on a passport-stamping trip going there.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Tom Russell: Blood and Candle Smoke (Proper/Southbound)

Tom Russell: Blood and Candle Smoke (Proper/Southbound)

Tom Russell is a cinematic singer-songwriter whose storytelling is compelling, and whose whisky’n’grit vocals can take you to the heart of Tex-Mex territory. The poet Lawrence... > Read more

New and Noted

New and Noted

At this time of year -- Christmas but 10 days away -- there is a slew of releases and while no sane reviewer would want to deal with every Yuletide-themed album (Dylan's worthy outing doesn't get a... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Jody Miller: He's So Fine (1971)

Jody Miller: He's So Fine (1971)

In his recent insightful and unflinching Behind the Locked Door -- a biography of the life and conflicted emotions of George Harrison -- the British writer Graeme Thomson discusses Harrison's... > Read more

NAUGHTY PUSSY by KATHRYN VAN BEEK

NAUGHTY PUSSY by KATHRYN VAN BEEK

Because of their temporary nature and purpose, band and music posters are often an ignored art form. Not all such posters are artistic however, most are just fit-for-purpose: name, date,... > Read more