Band of Joy – Robert Plant | CD review

(Decca)

Avoiding the temptation to recycle his back-catalogue, English blues-shouter Robert Plant has ranged far and wide in his recent exploration of genres, from world music to the collaboration with Alison Krauss, Raising Sand.

Now, in a deliberate step away from that Grammy-winning roots pairing, Plant delivers Band of Joy, a solo offering named after his pre-Led Zeppelin group, although the title could just as well apply here to the joyous nature of the music-making experience.

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Sure, there’s loads of Zep bombast in drummer Marco Giovino and bassist Byron House’s booming rhythms (do play it on a big stereo system) but co-producer/guitarist Buddy Miller’s fuzz and reverb dominate. Darrell Scott’s
multiple string picking and Patty Griffin’s sweet harmonising add to this delightfully eclectic mix of 11 covers plus one Plant/Miller original, the raw, banjo-driven country-blues ‘Central Two-O-Nine’.

They re-fashion familiar songs such as Los Lobos’ ‘Angel Dance’ and folk-rocker Richard Thompson’s ‘House of Cards’, go folk-retro with ‘Cindy, I’ll Marry You Someday’ and Townes Van Zandt’s ‘Harms Swift Way’.

Standouts include mesmeric renditions of Low’s ‘Silver Rider’ and ‘Monkey’, plus the two triumphant gospel closers: ‘Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down’ and the thudding ‘Even This Shall Pass Away’.

- Mike Daly

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