Album Review: “Led Zeppelin II”
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A Wild Ride
Released on the same year as their debut album, “Led Zeppelin II” is not as dark as its predecessor but it’s just as brilliant. They recorded the tracks during the downtime they had between their US tours. Aside from new material, they also reworked some classics. But like their first LP, Led Zeppelin knew how to take a song and make it their own.
Led Zeppelin II is a mix of blues, hard rock, and heavy metal. It’s undoubtedly heavier and louder. There’s consistency all throughout and each member of the group got their chance to show off their musical chops. It’s a straightforward rock LP – no fillers, no boring or weak moments.
Nevertheless, while there’s certainly a lack of originality in some numbers, one cannot discount the fact that their musicianship is far from mediocre. Robert Plant’s ear-splitting wails and screams, Jimmy Page’s fiery and face-melting riffing, John Paul Jones’ superb bass lines, and John Bonham’s thunderous drumming – it all came together in this LP. Besides, Led Zeppelin II is so cohesive that one might think they recorded it in one long session.
“Whole Lotta Love” kicks things off nicely – immediately giving off the impression that Led Zeppelin’s not fooling around and that they mean business. “What Is and What Should Never Be” may often be overshadowed but it’s still as awesome as the more popular tracks. “The Lemon Song” became an essential track in their catalog. “Thank You” may seem like an oddity at first but it’s actually pretty good.
“Heartbreaker” is yet another classic. “Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)” is groovy and addicting. “Ramble On” remains a Led Zeppelin staple. “Moby Dick” is, of course, Bonzo’s time to shine and show everyone he’s an absolute monster behind the kit. “Bring It On Home” is a catchy conclusion to the LP.
Led Zeppelin II shows the band on their way to becoming legends.