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Album Review

As in his previous solo album, The Thunderthief makes it very clear exactly what John Paul Jones brought to Led Zeppelin: driving bass, epic compositions, and impeccable musicianship. It's also very clear what he wasn't doing for Zeppelin: writing the lyrics. The tracks with words on the album are awkward and occasionally laughable, particularly the title track, which sounds suspiciously like a jab at Robert Plant, and "Angry Angry," a presumably mock punk song. Both detract from what is otherwise a very impressive album. Jones plays nearly every instrument on the record and mixes sounds from seemingly every continent and era he could think of. The Thunderthief's best moments are its surprises, like "Down to the River to Pray," a beautiful rendition of the bluegrass standard, and "Hoediddle," which starts off a classic rock jam and works its way into an Irish jig. On "Freedom Song," Jones mixes Eastern sounds in with Western philosophy and somehow makes its work. At the very least, The Thunderthief is evidence that Jones continues to experiment and brave new territory — encouraging news from a man who could just rest on the greatest of laurels.

Customer Reviews

Worth it for any JPJ fan

The bass on this is great. You would expect no less from such a force behind many Zep songs. There are tracks that leave you in awe of his ability to play and write. The vocals are not why you listen to this. Shibuya Bop is just fantastic to listen to. Hoediddle is a great track that shows his use of effects. Down to the river to pray is another fantastic track that shows JPJ's love of all stringed instruments and his excellent skills. Many of the tracks are driven bass his 8 string bass. Even the odd tracks are great in their own way. If your a fan of JPJ you will not be disappointed, if your just discovering him you will see just why so many people love his work.

Thundertheif - John paul Jones

Jones isnt trying to win a popularity contest with ex band mates plant/ page, and youll find no "hit songs" on here. Jones is a multi talented musician, and writes beautiful soundscapes, and textures. his style is very eclectic. if you are a fan of pop music, theres a high chance you wont like this.


Born: January 3, 1946 in London, England

Genre: Rock

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

One of the founding members of the legendary group Led Zeppelin, John Paul Jones started life on January 3, 1946, in London, England. In the turbulent years since then, he has left his mark on rock & roll...
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