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Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation DVD Review


by Zane Ewton

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Robert Plant is genuine rock and roll royalty. As the frontman for Led Zeppelin, Plant created the archetype for rock and roll frontmen for the next twenty years.

Countless vocalists have copped his bare chested, preening presence, haunted delivery and the mystical lyrics. Plant has come a long way from his time with the thundering Zeppelin and is now creating and touring with the Strange Sensation.

Plant's new music is less hammer of the gods and more Moroccan ho down. With last year's Mighty Rearranger Plant laid down some quality tracks to take on the road.

The plainly titled DVD Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation is a bare bones account of the man and his band on stage. With only 11 tracks and zero bonus features, DVD fans may feel cheated but Plant fans will be pleased.

This is a top notch production while the band mixes highlights from Mighty Rearranger with a few Led Zeppelin classics.

The Zeppelin songs get significant reworkings. Classics like "No Quarter" and "Black Dog" are indistinguishable to the originals until the vocals begin. "Gallows Pole" and "Whole Lotta Love" are slightly more straightforward interpretations.

The band's heart is really into the recent songs. The arrangements throughout the show are very similar with the focus on drums. Drums, drums and more drums.

Plant is in fine form, sparing the audience his bare chest and haunted wailing he focuses on adding texture and drama. His in-between-song rapport is completely indecipherable.

Robert Plant has kept the focus on the music, which is refreshing. He's kept it simple by managing to make memorable, intelligent music with fantastic musicians.


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