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Houses of the Holy ()

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Houses of the Holy follows the same basic pattern as Led Zeppelin IV, but the approach is looser and more relaxed. Jimmy Page's riffs rely on ringing, folky hooks as much as they do on thundering blues-rock, giving the album a lighter, more open atmosphere. While the pseudo-reggae of "D'Yer Mak'er" and the affectionate James Brown send-up "The Crunge" suggest that the band was searching for material, they actually contribute to the musical diversity of the album. "The Rain Song" is one of Zep's finest moments, featuring a soaring string arrangement and a gentle, aching melody. "The Ocean" is just as good, starting with a heavy, funky guitar groove before slamming into an a cappella section and ending with a swinging, doo wop-flavored rave-up. With the exception of the rampaging opening number, "The Song Remains the Same," the rest of Houses of the Holy is fairly straightforward, ranging from the foreboding "No Quarter" and the strutting hard rock of "Dancing Days" to the epic folk/metal fusion "Over the Hills and Far Away." Throughout the record, the band's playing is excellent, making the eclecticism of Page and Robert Plant's songwriting sound coherent and natural. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
Michael

ZEPPELIN LIVES!!!

by Michael on Nov 25, 2010

This is an important, classic album by an important band. Led Zeppelin created this vital, powerful album with a vision. Tight and imaginative, the music creates soundscapes that put indelible pictures in the listener's minds... Songs like "The Ocean" and "The Song Remains The Same" are timeless masterpieces. Even the cover itself invites the listener to enter a new, mysterious world...AAAAA+!

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