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January 31, 2013

Album 0233: The Toasters – Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down

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Release Date: 1997
Genre: Ska

Tracklisting:

1. Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down (02:51)
2. Fire In My Souls (03:54)
3. I’m Running Right Through The World (03:50)
4. Underground Town (03:29)
5. Gimme Some Lovin’ (02:34)
6. Devil And A ’45 (03:37)
7. Daddy Cry (03:17)
8. Today’s A Good Day (03:16)
9. Jackie Chan (03:59)
10. Rude Rude Baby (02:29)
11. Everything You Said Has Been A Lie (02:33)
12. Spooky Graveyard (04:02)
13. Big Red (04:07)
14. Bye Bye Baby (04:40)
15. Weekend In LA (04:16)
16. Woyay (03:11)
17. Rhythm And Pain (01:54)

Total Length: 58:00

Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down starts the album off with a bang, it’s a fantastic song with catchy lyrics and a very memorable chorus. Fire In My Soul is a bit more reggae influenced and very enjoyable, but the song goes on a bit long for me, and I get bored by the end. It’s a common complaint I have with this band. I’m Running Right Through The World is half of a great song, sort of. I really like the verses, and I would like the chorus if it didn’t sound exactly like their most famous song, so it’s odd.

Underground Town is definitely where the album starts to falter entirely for me. It’s a nice hook but that’s about it. Gimme Some Lovin’ doesn’t even have that going for it. It sounds like an older song without any charm. Devil And A ’45 just does nothing for me. I’ve tried getting into this for years and I hate that I can’t. Daddy Cry thankfully is a bright shining spot in this dull album, even though the song itself is depressive. This song actually makes me feel something, which at least puts it ahead of most of this album.

Today’s A Good Day has a nice, positive vibe but I still get bored by the song. Jackie Chan is a fairly good instrumental, but not up to the level a song title like that deserves. Rude Rude Baby does what track four couldn’t. It sounds like an old-fashioned song but I like it this time. Everything You Said Has Been A Lie however is a track that could have been done way better by many other bands, or even Weird Al. Spooky Graveyard is a good idea but the execution does nothing for me at all.

Big Red is some good ideas blandly laid out over four minutes. Bye Bye Baby goes on way too long, and all it really has going for it is the title hook. Weekend In LA is actually a re-recording of a track from an earlier album, it’s fairly fun. Woyay kind of annoys me yet it has more personality than a huge chunk of the album. Rhythm And Pain kind of does the opposite of what I’ve been complaining about all album. The song kind of ends right as it gets into a groove, but I don’t think I’d be so bothered if it wasn’t a damn forty second fade out. I’ve really wanted to like this album for years and just can’t. I want to like The Toasters overall but I think straight, simple ska is not completely for me.

Final Rating: 6/10

January 30, 2013

Album 0232: Zebrahead – MFZB

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Release Date: 2003
Genre: Pop Punk

Tracklisting:

1. Rescue Me (03:20)
2. Over The Edge (02:46)
3. Strength (03:26)
4. Hello Tomorrow (04:05)
5. The Set-Up (03:16)
6. Blur (03:39)
7. House Is Not My Home (03:22)
8. Into You (03:12)
9. Alone (02:16)
10. Expectations (03:44)
11. Falling Apart (03:10)
12. Let It Ride (03:10)
13. Type A (02:12)
14. Runaway (03:23)
15. Dear You (Far Away) (04:39)
16. The Fear (02:46)
17. Surrender (03:08)
18. Good Thing (03:03)
19. Dissatisfied (03:06)

Total Length: 01:01:41

Rescue Me is a song that by all rights I shouldn’t like. Zebrahead is a band I shouldn’t like. It’s slightly imaginative pop punk with a few vocalists, one of which is a rapper, and yet I do like them. This opening track gets going quickly and the verse and chorus both get stuck in my head. Over The Edge sounds like a song from any given American Pie soundtrack (in fact I wouldn’t be surprised if it was on one) and that actually kind of gives me a nostalgic feeling and I like this track.

Strength is another solid song, the opening really stands out. Hello Tomorrow is kind of the big single song, sort of. It’s extremely catchy, and it was definitely the first song from this album that caught my ear. Probably the song I would play to see if you would like this band at all. The Set-Up has a main riff that I enjoy, but the rest of the song is kind of a let down. Blur is the first real step down in quality, there is really nothing about it that I can remember once the song is over.

House Is Not My Home is a little bit of emotion in this fast and heavy album. The chorus is the big focus of this track. Into You has a fun chorus as well. Alone has a neat intro and has probably the most angry part of the album thus far in its chorus, it’s a nice, if slight, change that sticks with you. Expectations isn’t too great of a song though. I guess I’ll give them credit since it is a tiny bit different from the other tracks. Falling Apart has some nice guitar moments but otherwise it’s a very basic track.

I dislike the intro to Let It Ride but the chorus makes up for it. Type A is another angry track, but it’s not as good as others like it. Runaway brings back a bit of the emotional feeling, I enjoy this track. Dear You (Far Away) uses an acoustic guitar throughout but it doesn’t make me like the song too much. There is also some silence taking up the last minute of the track. The Fear is not a very good song either. It’s completely unmemorable in every way.

Surrender is a Cheap Trick cover, and it is a great song. I always like hearing the song and the band does a fine job here. Good Thing has a nice chorus, I would’ve easily taken this bonus track over one or two of the songs that made the album proper. Dissatisfied is kind of boring though. This is a fun album to listen to passively, personally. I can’t think too hard or critically about it, but it is definitely enjoyable and never seeks to insult me. Again, I shouldn’t like this stuff yet I do.

Final Rating: 7.5/10

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January 29, 2013

Album 0231: Skyclad – Folkémon

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Release Date: 2000
Genre: Folk Metal

Tracklisting:

1. The Great Brain Robbery (04:34)
2. Think Back And Lie Of England (04:59)
3. Polkageist! (04:01)
4. Crux Of The Message (04:53)
5. The Disenchanted Forest (07:11)
6. The Antibody Politic (03:19)
7. When God Logs Off (03:09)
8. You Lost My Memory (05:57)
9. Déjà-Vu Ain’t What It Used To Be (05:46)
10. Any Old Irony? (03:53)
11. Swords Of A Thousand Men (02:48)

Total Length: 50:29

The Great Brain Robbery is a very solid opening track. The riff is catchy, and the chorus gets stuck in my head very easily. It’s a fairly good blend of folk and metal. Think Back And Lie Of England has some nice music, but the lyrics don’t really feel great. I’m making no comment on their quality, just that they string together oddly. Polkageist! is kind of the same deal. The title being repeated over and over is way cheesy, but the music is fun. I also kind of like the female vocals.

Crux Of The Message has some neat moments (musically) but honestly goes on a bit too long. The Disenchanted Forest is a longer song, and has a couple sections in it. It is fairly good, but the song doesn’t really stick with me. The Antibody Politic kind of sounds more like a punk song, and it kinds of goes by without much fanfare. When God Logs Off has a cool instrumental section at least. I like the violin-guitar tradeoff. You Lost My Memory is honestly a good two minutes too long, but the chorus is decent.

Déjà-Vu Ain’t What It Used To Be has the same issue (being too long) and the chorus isn’t quite as interesting as I think they thought it would be. Any Old Irony? has a neat intro and some nice use of synths, but it’s the only thing really ntoable. Swords Of A Thousand Men is a Tenpole Tudor cover, which is why it simply sounds like the band doing a punk song. The chorus is kind of neat, but otherwise I don’t entirely care for the song. Really I think this album is kind of disappointing, even with not being entirely familiar with the band. They seem to be more focused on the message sometimes rather than a good song.

Final Rating: 6.5/10

January 28, 2013

Album 0230: Various Artists – Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Original Soundtrack

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Release Date: 2010
Genre: Rock

Tracklisting:

1. Sex Bob-Omb – We Are Sex Bob-Omb (02:01)
2. Plumtree – Scott Pilgrim (03:02)
3. Frank Black – I Heard Ramona Sing (03:41)
4. Beachwood Sparks – By Your Side (04:58)
5. Black Lips – O Katrina! (02:52)
6. Crash And The Boys – I’m So Sad, So Very, Very, Sad (00:13)
7. Crash And The Boys – We Hate You Please Die (00:59)
8. Sex Bob-Omb – Garbage Truck (01:45)
9. T-Rex – Teenage Dream (05:46)
10. The Bluetones – Sleazy Bed Track (04:36)
11. Blood Red Shoes – It’s Getting Boring By The Sea (02:56)
12. Metric – Black Sheep (04:56)
13. Sex Bob-Omb – Threshold (01:47)
14. Broken Social Scene – Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl (04:36)
15. The Rolling Stones – Under My Thumb (03:43)
16. Beck – Ramona (acoustic version) (01:01)
17. Beck – Ramona (04:23)
18. Sex Bob-Omb – Summertime (02:11)
19. Brian LeBarton – Threshold (8-Bit) (01:50)

Total Length: 57:16

We Are Sex Bob-Omb is a great track for the credits of the movie and to start off this disc. Scott Pilgrim reminds me of Zolof, it’s a very cool, catchy, female lead driven song. I Heard Ramona Sing has a very cool intro, but once the vocals come in the song starts to bore me. By Your Side is an okay song, it’s nice and soothing. O Katrina! is kind of forgettable as well. I’m So Sad, So Very, Very, Sad is the tiniest track but it’s kind of funny. We Hate You Please Die is pretty cool, kind of an indie hardcore mix.

Garbage Truck works better in the film, because the band isn’t supposed to be too great at this point. Teenage Dream isn’t really my type of song. Sleazy Bed Track has some nice moments but otherwise doesn’t do a whole lot for me. It’s Getting Boring By The Sea is a fun rock track though. Black Sheep is fantastic, one of the best tracks on here. Threshold is the point in the movie where the band really comes together, and this song is a great showing of it.

Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl is a great song, the vocal effect got on my nerves near the end of the song but everything works well. Under My Thumb is kind of neat, I’ve never been a big Rolling Stones fan but this sounded better than most of their big, famous songs. Ramona is funny in the short acoustic version. Ramona in the longer, fully fleshed out version is a bit boring to be honest. Summertime is nice, it was a nice surprise hearing this on the record. Threshold (8-Bit) was featured in the credits and is a lot of fun. Some of the songs on here had to grow on me, while others are ones where I get why they only used a few seconds of during the film.

Final Rating: 7/10

January 26, 2013

Album 0229: Sirenia – Nine Destinies And A Downfall

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Release Date: 2007
Genre: Gothic Metal

Tracklisting:

1. The Last Call (04:45)
2. My Mind’s Eye (03:38)
3. One By One (05:30)
4. Sundown (05:05)
5. Absent Without Leave (04:54)
6. The Other Side (03:55)
7. Seven Keys And Nine Doors (04:56)
8. Downfall (04:44)
9. Glades Of Summer (05:36)
10. My Mind’s Eye (radio edit) (03:15)

Total Length: 46:19

The Last Call is a strong opening track. I quite like the female vocals here, and the main riff works well in conjunction. This type of metal is one I really, really like in concept but the execution can definitely be flawed easily. My Mind’s Eye has a solid chorus, but the rest of the song kind of passes by without me realizing it. One By One has some neat vocal moments but otherwise doesn’t do too much for me. Sundown has this album’s first use of harsh vocals, and they are a nice change of pace and help the song stand out.

Absent Without Leave is pretty similar to all the tracks so far, and it blends together and makes the song bland. The Other Side has some good vocal moments though, I especially like the choral stuff on this track. Seven keys And Nine Doors tries to be a bigger song but honestly kind of bores me. Downfall has some nice moments in it at least. Glades Of Summer is a fairly good ending track. It tries something ever so slightly different.

The radio edit of My Mind’s Eye is only about 20 seconds shorter, almost not worth the difference, but it’s still a fine song. I said that statement at the beginning about this genre because it holds true on this album. I really like the first few songs on here, but after about halfway through the album I start to lose track of solid ground. I can’t decide whether or not I like a song because it sounds the same as the others or just plain doesn’t interest me. I had hoped that this one would grow on me over time, but I’m not so sure it has in any manner.

Final Rating: 7/10

January 25, 2013

Album 0228: Benighted – Identisick

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Release Date: 2006
Genre: Death Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Nemesis (03:32)
2. Collapse (03:48)
3. Identisick (03:54)
4. Sex-Addicted (03:55)
5. Mourning Affliction (04:11)
6. The Twins (03:21)
7. Ransack The Soul (03:20)
8. Blind To The World (03:58)
9. Spiritual Manslaughter (03:19)
10. Iscarioth (03:45)
11. Suffer The Children (04:08)

Total Length: 41:11

Nemesis is a strong starting track. I am not a fan of the really low, growled vocals, but the others work well enough and the riffs are catchy. Collapse isn’t as overall good, but there is one riff halfway through that I really enjoy. Identisick is a bit better overall. Sex-Addicted starts off fast and fun, but once the song slows down I’m not entirely fond of it. Mourning Affliction has some odd moments in there, I can’t help but laugh at the ending.

The Twins has a strange intro and the rest of the song doesn’t do much for me. Ransack The Soul is sort of more of the same at this point, I don’t really have anything to add about it. Blind To The World is a good showing, the mix of the good riffs and nice vocal effects creates an interesting atmosphere. Spiritual Manslaughter is a very good track, glad to hear it. Iscarioth however kind of takes a step back. Suffer The Children is a Napalm Death cover, but I’m not familiar with the original and this cover doesn’t really do much for me. Really that kind of sums up this whole album. There are some neat moments here and there, but I don’t think I’m really the target here.

Final Rating: 7/10

January 24, 2013

Album 0227: Ayreon – Into The Electric Castle

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Release Date: 1998
Genre: Progressive Metal

Tracklisting:

DISC ONE

1. Welcome To The New Dimension (03:06)
2. Isis And Osiris

    I. Let The Journey Begin
    II. The Hall Of Isis And Osiris
    III. Strange Constellations
    IV. Reprise (11:11)

3. Amazing Flight
    I. Amazing Flight In Space
    II. Stardance
    III. Flying Colours (10:15)

4. Time Beyond Time (06:05)
5. The Decision Tree (We’re Alive) (06:24)
6. Tunnel Of Light (04:05)
7. Across The Rainbow Bridge (06:20)

DISC TWO

1. The Garden Of Emotions

    I. All In The Garden Of Emotions
    II. Voices In The Sky
    III. The Aggression Factor (09:41)

2. Valley Of The Queens (02:25)
3. The Castle Hall (05:49)
4. Tower Of Hope (04:54)
5. Cosmic Fusion
    I. I Soar On The Breeze
    II. Death’s Grunt
    III. The Passing Of An Eagle (07:27)

6. The Mirror Maze
    I. Inside The Mirror Maze
    II. Through The Mirror (06:34)

7. Evil Devolution (06:31)
8. The Two Gates (06:28)
9. ‘Forever’ Of The Stars (02:02)
10. Another Time, Another Space (05:20)

Total Length: 01:44:38

Welcome To The New Dimension is a fairly lengthy spoken intro. Normally these annoy me to no end after the first time I hear them, but this one gets props for setting the story and backdrop of this big rock opera, while also serving as a tiny bit of an overture, hinting towards the sounds we will hear throughout this album. The first couple tracks are a bit odd, because Arjen put two of the biggest songs right at the beginning, which could be a road block for people trying to get into this band or general sort of thing.

Nevertheless, Isis And Osiris is a fantastic track to set the stage. Let The Journey Begin brings in the different ‘players’ or vocalists all throughout this album. Arjen’s ever pervasive ‘spaceiness’ is present here, and when it gets heavy (which is where The Hall Of Isis And Osiris begins) the transition is natural and welcome. We come back down to the calm Strange Constellations section, which gets stuck in your head remarkably well thanks to Fish’s vocals. The end of this section is one of my favorite parts, as Anneke’s vocals are magical to me. Reprise closes us off fairly well.

Amazing Flight starts the recurring bit about the entire album, the narrator speaking at the beginning of each track. I sort of wish that in retrospect Arjen had placed these at the end of the previous track, it just makes it hard sometimes when you want to listen to a certain track off here and you have to sit through thirty seconds of narration before the song actually begins. Amazing Flight In Space feels straight out of the 70s and introduces the remaining members of our total group. I absolutely adore how Arjen’s hippie character gets a psychedelic feeling, while Jay Van Feggelen’s barbarian is fun and rocking. Stardance sits in the middle of the song as a spacey interlude, but it doesn’t catch me. Flying Colours however is an incredibly fun instrumental section, featuring (but not limited to) flutes, piano, and acoustic guitar and it’s great.

Time Beyond Time keeps up the streak of amazing songs, with a superb chorus and more woodwind goodness. This song by itself is perfect and would make me keep coming back to the album even if it were the only good song on here. The Decision Tree (We’re Alive) is sort of a battle song between two of the characters. This part alone makes the song fantastic, and the chorus is different enough that it just adds another level to the song. Tunnel Of Light gives us the outcome of which character has to die, and is a farewell to Fish’s highlander. The song is somehow upbeat and melancholy at the same time. I love it dearly.

There is a very, very slight dip in quality in the first half of Across The Rainbow Bridge but it is still enjoyable. The very heavy section featuring Arjen is amazing though, and goes into one of the coolest riffs on the album. The Garden Of Emotions starts us off into disc two, and after the intro we get a sudden turn for the very symphonic. It really helps signify the second disc and pretty cool. We get some more trading section during All In The Garden Of Emotions, it’s nice. Voices In The Sky is a fantastic heavy section, I love the arguing vocals. The Aggression Factor takes this to another level by having three singers go all over each other, and this combined with the really neat sounding guitars makes this section just friggin’ phenomenal.

Valley Of The Queens isn’t a terribly great song, but it’s short so it thankfully passes by quickly enough. I enjoy the harpsichord, flute, and the vocal line but I’m still not entirely fond of the song. The Castle Hall was my favorite song on the album for a very long time. The lyrics are fantastic, and I absolutely love the synths here. That somewhat square wave bass works so well, and adds something somewhat intangible to this whole pile of goodness. Still a brilliant song. Tower Of Hope does a similar thing with its synths and is probably the most upbeat song on here. It’s pretty great.

Cosmic Fusion is a song that took me a long time to get into, and now I wonder why it did. I Soar On The Breeze serves as the intro, and it takes its time but it still has some nice vocal lines and synths. Death’s Grunt signifies the transition into a heavier section, and is the thing I love the most about it. Arjen sparingly uses harsh vocals, and whenever he does use them it is always a powerful moment. In this instance he actually has two different vocalists playing the role of Death, and they are separated by the stereo field, and the music keeps building up through this whole section and I hate when it ends. The Passing Of An Eagle is a fun instrumental section to finish the track off.

The Mirror Maze is a bit of a breather from the last track. Inside The Mirror Maze makes up roughly the first half of the song, and feels like Pink Floyd a bit. I really, really like the vocal line during Arjen’s sections. Through The Mirror has never really caught me, and is probably why I tend to forget abut this song. Evil Devolution is also a song that I forget exists. It does have a really strong riff in the middle, the title gets stuck in my head, and the ending is nice though.

The Two Gates starts the end game here, and I love this. Everyone giving their reasons for whichever gate they choose is great, it’s a great climax of sorts. ‘Forever’ Of The Stars is a brief story track, explaining the entire concept of this album. It’s a fairly neat story, but the music is really what keeps me coming back. Another Time, Another Space is sort of an epilogue, as the characters that succeeded go back to their normal lives, wondering whether everything was just a dream. It’s a really nice ending track to an amazing album. Despite a few misgivings I had that I specified, I’m gonna go ahead and give this a perfect score, simply because it gets better every time I hear it.

Final Rating: 10/10

January 23, 2013

Album 0226: Axenstar – The Final Requiem

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Release Date: 2006
Genre: Power Metal

Tracklisting:

1. The Final Requiem (03:53)
2. Condemnation (04:02)
3. The Divine (04:18)
4. Edge Of The World (05:19)
5. Thirteen (04:41)
6. The Hide (04:59)
7. Underworld (05:46)
8. Spirit (04:07)
9. Pagan Ritual (03:55)
10. Seeds Of Evil (04:37)
11. End Of The Line (04:00)
12. Beyond The Lies (04:48)
13. The Storm (05:02)

Total Length: 59:28

The Final Requiem starts the album off with a bang, and is probably one of the best songs on here. The verse is catchy and leads smoothly and directly into the chorus, which sticks in your head as well. Condemnation has a neat guitar riff, and it’s about the only thing that stands out to me. The Divine is an entirely unremarkable song. I just listened to it 3 times on repeat, trying to find something to say about it, but I really can’t. I don’t really understand how songs like this get to this point, because clearly something about it was interesting to them while they were writing and recording it.

Edge Of The World is unfortunately much the same. It goes on way too long for my taste. Thirteen at least has a good intro, but that’s about the only notable part as my brain honestly tunes out most of the rest of the song. The Hide is a good change of pace though, with some nice bass presence and a good instrumental section to its name. Underworld stops that good feeling in its track though, there is nothing remarkable about this song in any way. Spirit has… well I guess I like the solo section. Ugh.

Pagan Ritual is more of the same. That is to say, boring. Seeds Of Evil shares a similar quality of having nothing interesting about it. End Of The Line has one thing notable about it, and that is that the ending leads into the next tracks. Beyond The Lies has a strong intro and main riff, which is refreshing to hear. The Storm at least ends the album with a strong track. It’s still not what I would call great, but it’s a huge step up compared to most of the album. I may seem like I’m being too harsh on the album, but it’s just so boring. It puts me to sleep, and not in the good way.

Final Rating: 5/10

January 22, 2013

Album 0225: The Flaming Tsunamis – Zombies Vs. Robots!

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Release Date: 2005
Genre: Ska/Hardcore

Tracklisting:

1. Dead Girlfriends Can’t Break Up With You (01:33)
2. Refuse To Die (04:39)
3. Cancer Swing (03:58)
4. Zombies Vs. Robots! (02:47)
5. Opus (04:58)

Total Length: 17:55

Dead Girlfriends Can’t Break Up With You kind of encroaches on brutal death metal type lyrics, but it’s actually kind of catchy. Refuse To Die starts off with a semi-believable newscast about an emergence of zombies. It’s a nice intro, and the song itself twists and turns and is great. My favorite bit is probably the chorus, the guitar backing it and pushing the song forward works fantastic in tandem with the vocals. Cancer Swing actually starts off with a swing (I believe) and adds on more stuff going on. It’s a fun track, and a cool showing of what the band is capable of.

Zombies Vs. Robots! takes a break from being harsh though, and is a fun acoustic sing-along about the terrible war of zombies and robots. It’s a wonderful track and pretty much the highlight of the EP. Opus is a somewhat large song with three notable sections, starting off with a heavy section. The middle part calms everything down and is a reggae section filled with solos, and then we transition into a more hardcore ending. I enjoy this song and this whole EP, but I’ve never really latched on to the band. I don’t entirely like the hardcore vocals they use a bunch, and they also seem to try to be inflammatory sometimes and if you’re doing that in a non-joking manner it kind of puts me off.

Final Rating: 7.5/10

January 21, 2013

Album 0224: Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV

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Release Date: 1971
Genre: Rock

Tracklisting:

1. Black Dog (04:57)
2. Rock And Roll (03:41)
3. The Battle Of Evermore (05:52)
4. Stairway To Heaven (08:03)
5. Misty Mountain Hop (04:39)
6. Four Sticks (04:45)
7. Going To California (03:32)
8. When The Levee Breaks (07:08)

Total Length: 42:36

Black Dog starts off this classic record extremely well. It’s still an incredibly catchy song, and hard to dislike. Obviously after the many, many times I’ve heard the track I start to have… questions, such as why do the guitars sound like toys? Or, how come the main riff has this one moment in it where it sounds like they weren’t quite sure what to do loop it. I have to say that I kind of prefer the song live for these reasons. Rock And Roll is a classic track that I had heard for a long time, even before getting into the band, but listening to it critically I never really got much out of it.

The Battle Of Evermore is a very interesting song that I really want to like, but always get bored about halfway through. I do wish the band had done more stuff like it though. Stairway To Heaven is apparently a song everyone is sick of, and even I was tired of it for a few years, but now whenever I hear it I just get a very good eight minutes of music. It’s solid the whole way through, I do love it. Misty Mountain Hop kind of has an upbeat feeling and it’s pretty enjoyable. I do have the same issue with it that I have with some Zeppelin tracks on other albums, where the main riff is established and then it’s pretty much just that repeated for four minutes and then I get bored most of the way through. The guitar solo is nice though.

Four Sticks is sort of the same deal, and unfortunately I’ve never really been able to get into it. I like that they used some synths and the combination of acoustic and electric guitar, but otherwise the song doesn’t speak to me. Going To California is an acoustic song reminiscent of the band’s previous album, and I actually like this song more than most of the acoustic ones on there. It’s short and sweet. When The Levee Breaks has an amazing intro, and is kind of a hypnotic song. I tend to lose focus during it, but not in a bad way like other times. I just get into the rhythm and then next thing I know the song is over. As usual with albums that are highly regarded, I’m sure I’m missing something. It could also be my present day sensibilities distracting me, I’m not really sure. I enjoy listening to this album though, I don’t outright dislike any of these songs, and I quite like some of them.

Final Rating: 7.5/10