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Wretched excess


If I've been hearing it correctly on Sirius-XM, today marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Led Zeppelin's album Physical Graffiti. I hear the word "legendary" used to describe it. That's a myth.

Physical Graffiti contains one good song: "Houses of the Holy." The rest of the two-album set is either sonic pudding or the musical equivalent of wanking. In fact, the album's "Kashmir" is the most pretentious rock song ever recorded. The album's mix is muddy, and Robert Plant takes his nuts-being-squeezed-in-a-vise vocal style to pitches that only dogs can hear.

Looking at it objectively, though, it is a classic album. And my father was Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

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anita_margarita
Feb. 26th, 2015 07:40 am (UTC)
I never understood the adulation and glorification given Led Zeppelin. They came along at the right time, I guess, and filled a need in the airwaves.

But I can't see that their albums stand up today as particularly interesting. They're just another Classic Rock band.
patrick_vecchio
Feb. 26th, 2015 12:52 pm (UTC)
I was going to post a long reply to your response but ran out of room, so I'll follow with another post.
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