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Album Review

Like many American men of a certain age, Train are fond of Led Zeppelin. Most of these men celebrate their love of Zeppelin by purchasing a spiffy new reissue or perhaps picking up a vintage Les Paul copy so they can finally learn how to play those Jimmy Page riffs, but Train aren't most men. They have the skill and ability to record their own version of Led Zeppelin II, replicating all the licks and studio tricks of the British band's 1969 classic. Of all the Led Zeppelin albums to painstakingly re-create, Led Zeppelin II is an odd one because the album was recorded while Zeppelin were on the road, stealing sessions whenever they could; it's the opposite of the meticulous approach Page used in the studio. Train decide to expend considerable energy copying this casually authoritative majesty, mimicking inflections and solos, even stereo effects. If you're not listening closely, Does Led Zeppelin II can be mistaken for the original: Pat Monahan approximates Robert Plant's timbre and the guitar overdubs of Jimmy Stafford and Jerry Becker can pack the wallop of Page. The slight details give away the game — the vocal harmonies are too clean, too precise — but they only reveal themselves with a close listen, which raises the question of what's the point of this exercise in the first place. For Train, it probably was a lot of fun pretending to be one of their favorite bands, but for an audience the results are so close to the original that there's not much reason to listen a second time: the first reveals that Train can pull off this stunt but never gives a reason why, other than "because they can."

Customer Reviews

Who Thought This Was A Good Idea?

Why would Train do this? Why would anyone listen to this? It sounds exactly the same as Zeppelin, but sanitized, digitized and auto-tuned. It's in the same key as the original, almost the exact same tempo, and it is note-for-note a re-recording of Zep's version.

Don't reward this. Buy Led Zeppelin II by Led Zeppelin, not "Led Zeppelin II" by Train.

what?!?

Is this some sort of awful social experiment where one of the very worst bands in the world attempts to cover one of the very best? Seriously, whoever green lighted this needs to be forced to listen to it on a loop for the rest of their life.

Unnecessary

No one asked for shittier versions of Led Zeppelin songs. No one.

Biography

Formed: 1994 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Train were inescapable during the turn of the 21st century, when songs like "Calling All Angels" and "Drops of Jupiter" made the San Francisco residents some of America's most popular balladeers. Although formed during the glory days of post-grunge, the group found more success in the pop/rock world, where Train straddled the line between adult contemporary and family-friendly alternative rock. The hits began drying up after 2003, but Train continued releasing material throughout the rest of the...
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Pop/Rock, American Trad Rock, Arena Rock, Hard Rock
  • Released: Jun 03, 2016

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