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Houses of the Holy

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  • Houses Of The Holy is probably the most melodic of all Led Zeppelin’s albums. The album has full and layered sound that relies more on the band’s powerhouse rhythm section of John Paul Jones and John Bonham than on Jimmy Page’s guitars. Don’t worry though, Mr. Page’s powerhouse riffs abound throughout the album, but they are deftly mixed in to create a bigger sound. Mr. Jones’ keyboards are found in heavy doses which is a welcomed thing. “The Crunge” is a James Brown tribute that has a loose, funky feel and “Over The Hills & Faraway” is a driving rocker. “Dancing Days” has a melodious beat with a stinging guitar and “D’yer Mak’er” is a reggae influenced song and is one of the few Zeppelin songs you can actually dance to. “No Quarter” is the most mystical and darkest of all of Zeppelin’s songs. The music has strange keyboards and Robert Plant’s voice is so distorted that is sounds like he’s singing under water. The lyrics are Tokleinesque in nature and the song is a mini masterpiece. The album closes out with the thumping “The Ocean”. Houses of The Holy has another infamous Zeppelin cover and brought them back to number one.

    Posted on March 4, 2010