Review of Robert Plant – lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar (Nonesuch / Warner Music Canada)

Robert PlantRobert Plant has long decried calls for a Led Zeppelin reunion, stating a desire to move forward rather than calling upon the ghosts of the past. Plant’s latest solo record, his first in four years, is yet another nail in the Led Zeppelin coffin. While it is nearly impossible for Plant to completely extricate himself from the Zeppelin legacy and sound (as heard on “Somebody There”) lullaby… shares densely intricate tales, employing a multitude of exotic instruments to create a record that showcases a worldview on music. Album highlights include the pulsating rhythms of album opener “Little Maggie,” the haunting track “A Stolen Kiss” and “Pocketful of Golden.”