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Riding the wave of renewed artistic vitality that came with his collaboration with Alison Krauss on Raising Sand, Robert Plant returns with a solid solo album that’s named after the band he led before he joined Led Zeppelin. Just as Led Zeppelin’s III brought the band’s folk interests to the surface, Band of Joy is a clear moment of Plant playing the music he dearly loves. Los Lobos’ “Angel Dance” is sent into the U.K.’s Black Country. Richard Thompson’s “House of Cards” is given an elegant Thompson-like treatment. “Silver Rider” and “Monkey” from Minnesota slo-core veterans Low are given a sweet, majestic interpretation. Townes Van Zandt’s “Harm’s Swift Way” was the last song he ever finished writing and Plant, with Patty Griffin harmonizing, brings its wondrous sorrow to a heart-stirring finale. Buddy Miller’s co-production is subtle and unobtrusive, catering to the many styles featured here. While much has been made of Plant’s vocal power, his vocal timing and phrasing is ever bit as important. The traditional, “Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down”, is one ominous tune, as heavy as anything from his former band.

Customer Reviews

Band of Joy

Love it - diverse and utterly atmospheric. Quite how a bloke from the Black Country manages to incapsulate himself within the Americana sound is beyond me. Still has a tremendous voice and I remain forever envious.

Keep an open mind

There are people on this review page looking to write a review about how rubbish this album is or whatever. But at the end of the day, Led Zeppelin were one of the biggest bands in the world, Plant split from zeppelin in Bonham's honour, so why would he continue with the same sound he was using 30 years ago? Personally, I think this is fresh sound for Plant and I respect him for leaving Zeppelin alone. Have a listen to the previews, maybe buy the first three songs before buying the rest.

Listen Without Prejudice

Those who decry this or any of the output by Robert Plant as a soloist or of his other incarnations (Honeydrippers, Strange Sensation etc.) miss the salient point. This is NOT Led Zeppelin and never will be. If that's your poison then listen to that and please do not decry music that you neither appreciate or understand. REMEMBER - One man's meat is ALWAYS another man's poison. May you all listen forever with an unbiased heart and head to all genres of music.


Born: 20 August 1948 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In 1968, a naïve young singer from the Black Country hills in England named Robert Plant was discovered wailing the blues by veteran session guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones. When Plant recommended his friend John Bonham as the drummer, one of the most successful bands in rock history was born: Led Zeppelin. But the group that started with such force also ended in flames after 12 years, as Bonham's death from alcohol poisoning in 1980 split the band after nine albums....
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