You have to respect Robert Plant's desire to take the crowd-pleasing, Grammy-approved formula of his last few records into wilder, hazier places. But the results don’t always reach their intended target.
The most popular song from Houses of the Holy isn’t the one that stands out as the obvious choice for a single, but that doesn’t mean its place amongst Zeppelin’s revered singles isn’t warranted. Its air of warmth and philosophical openness makes it essential Zeppelin.
Though you're rarely going to hear anyone place "The Rain Song" in a short list of Led Zeppelin's best songs, it might just be the most beautiful—if not the best—thing these Brits ever performed. No other song on Houses of the Holy matches how utterly captivating it is.
The latest Between the Grooves series celebrates the 40th anniversary of Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy by examining the many ways in which the band was at its best on the underrated post-Zoso masterwork. "The Song Remains the Same", the album's triumphant opener, introduces this overlooked classic with a joyous ode to music's universal language.
Like punk rock and heavy metal, country music has a formula and violating that formula is a kind of betrayal, a heresy for which one may not be forgiven. In Americana, such betrayals and unexpected turns are often welcomed.