THE former Led Zeppelin frontman has been a solo artist longer than he was ever a member of Britain’s second biggest export after The Beatles but, like Paul McCartney, Robert Plant will be forever judged in Joe Public’s eyes against his work in his former band.
Like Macca, though, the staunch Wolverhampton Wanderers supporter doesn’t seem to give a hoot.
Raising Sand, his 2007 album with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss, proved once and for all that he didn’t need to pander to those who would have him endlessly remake Led Zep’s back catalogue.
And when the needle drops on lullaby’s opener Little Maggie, the listener is left in little doubt that this is the Plant of that Grammy-award winning collaboration as opposed to the leather-trousered sex god of yore.
Indian, funky, his voice has lost none of its power but he doesn’t have to indulge in any X factor style yodelling to prove the point; its gentle strength is evidence enough in itself.
That’s not to say that rock lovers should steer clear: stand-out track House of Love is a cool, detached strut of a song and A Stolen Kiss is a lament for a lost love which is as tender as it is beautiful.
Like this? Try these: Kings of Leon, Because of the Times; Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sand
By Andrew Greenhalgh