Encomium:Tribute to Led Zeppelin.
Out of the gate, I’ll say my personal favorite here is STP’s Dancing Days. The whole understated vibe of it worked. It honors the vibe and feel of the original while STP puts thier subtle stamp on it. Overall, a very cool cover. It reaffirms my belief that STP is one of the most underappreciated 90s rock bands.
Being a big fan of Zep, its nice to see some bands taking the music in a whole different place. Sheryl Crow not my favorite artists by anymeans does a interesting job with D’yer Mak’er. She makes it more poppy, but keeps it interesting. This does have its limits. Tori Amos along with Plant doing “Down By the Seaside” just didn’t work for me. Its just too far removed from the original to be recognizable to me.
Others who put on reasonable performances are Hootie and the Blowfish, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Duran Duran and Cracker.
The stinkers of the album are the Rollin’s band stuff, Helmet and Never the Bride. Henry Rollin’s screaming style and David Yow, just don’t compliment the material. Its my belief when doing a cover try to compliment it.
As to the song selection it isn’t too bad. The cliche’s are avoided ala Rock and Roll or Stairway. You see some interesting choices like Custard Pie and Four Sticks. I would’ve loved to see someone try to have tackled In the Evening.
Overall, for what it is its interesting. Shows the creativity of the artists taking the material and putting thier spin on it. That equals some good times and bad times.