TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Informal
Eleventh Studio Album On Double LP!
Featuring A Duet With Chrissie Hynde!
One of Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2017!
Robert Plant's eleventh studio album, Carry Fire, produced by Plant in the
west of England and Wales, melds unusual rhythms with naturalism. As with his
2014 album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, the album features his band The
Sensational Space Shifters. They are also joined here by special guests,
including Chrissie Hynde on the duet "Bluebirds Over The Mountain" (written by
rockabilly legend Ersel Hickey and later recorded by both Richie Valens and The
Beach Boys); Albanian cellist Redi Hasa; and the celebrated Seth Lakeman on
viola and fiddle.
In his nearly 50-year career, former Led Zeppelin vocalist and Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame member Robert Plant has gone to far distant lands as intrepid
musical explorer, collaborating with musicians like Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller,
and Patty Griffin. To write and produce lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar,
though, he returned to his native England, enriched by all he has seen, heard,
For the last few years, Plant has lived and recorded in America, working with
musicians in Nashville, residing for a spell in Austin, and making time to drive
along the byways of Mississippi, fueled by the sound of the delta blues that has
inspired him since he was a teenager (a car journey recollected in the new "Turn
It Up"). He had previously traversed North and West Africa, following the trail
of the blues back to the desert, where he famously joined nomadic Tuareg
musicians and others at the renowned Festival of the Desert in Essakene, Mali.
But now his creative wanderings have led him back to his native England and a
rediscovery -- and a reappraisal -- of himself as an artist and songwriter.
More than any artist of his generation, Plant, an indisputable rock legend,
continues to surprise and challenge his audience -- and himself -- with music
that is smart, exciting, and completely of the moment. His decades of
experience, his incredible legacy as the front man of Led Zeppelin and as a solo
artist, only serve to keep pushing him forward. He's steeped in history but his
ears are attuned to the entire world around him, listening for the future.
"With a title that evokes primal discovery and heroic burden, Carry Fire
finds Plant nuancing the mystic stomp of yore for darkening times. 'New
World...' is a wearily surging 'Immigrant Song' for the age of xenophobic travel
bans; 'Bones of Saints' surges with 'Going to California' promise, then becomes
an anthem against mass shootings. The overall feel is at once ancient and new,
cutting Led Zeppelin III's Maypole majesty with the Velvet Underground's careful
guitar violence (see the 'All Tomorrow's Parties'-tinged 'Dance With You
Tonight'), and the patient power of Plant's golden-god-in-winter singing can be
astonishing. More impressive is the way that, at 69, he remains youthfully
committed to rock & roll rejuvenation. One fine example of that spirit: his duet
with Chrissie Hynde on 'Bluebirds Over the Mountain,' remaking a Fifties gem
recorded by Richie Valens and, later, the Beach Boys, into a slow-roll
barn-dance Bacchanal, complete with a levee-breaking yowl. It proves that
Plant's athletic power, like his musical idealism, burns undiminished." -
Rolling Stone, 50 Best Albums of 2017
• Double LP
• Gatefold jacket
1. The May Queen
2. New World...
3. Season's Song
4. Dance With You Tonight
5. Carving Up The World Again...A Wall And Not A Fence
6. A Way With Words
7. Carry Fire
8. Bones Of Saints
9. Keep It Hid
10. Bluebirds Over The Mountain
11. Heaven Sent