Robert Plant – Band of Joy

January 01, 1970





For most of his solo career, Robert Plant has been known as
much for what he hasn’t done (try to re-create his Led Zeppelin glory days) as
what he has done (explore an array of interesting ideas with varying degrees of
success).  His 2007 collaboration with
Alison Krauss, Raising Sand, marked
the first time Plant found a new musical identity that suited him as well as
his old one. On that album, he and Krauss explored Americana, from moody meditations to upbeat
Sun Studio-influenced rockers to lovelorn ballads. Band of Joy, which features Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller as key
collaborators, explores the American songbook in a similar way with equally
strong results.


Plant sounds inspired throughout, acting as a curator of
songs by artists like Townes Van Zandt, Los Lobos and indie rockers Low. There
are elements of gospel in “House of Cards” and “Falling in Love Again”,
Appalachian roots music in “Cindy, I’ll Marry You Someday,” and country in
“Harm’s Swift Way.”
Band of Joy won’t make people forget
Led Zeppelin, but it may mute some of those calls for Plant to drop everything
for a reunion tour.


of Cards” “Harm’s Swift Way”


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