Houses of the Holy review by Led Zeppelin

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  • Released: Mar 28, 1973
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.7 (67 votes)
Led Zeppelin: Houses of the Holy

Sound — 9
This Zeppelin Album has a softer sound from the other previous Led Zeppelin albums. It has some of thier greatest songs: 01. The Song Remians The Same - starts out wish a sharp hit to the senses with a guitar. after jumping around for a few seconds, it goes right into the main riff. This song has almost a hectic feeling to it, with so many rythms and things going on at once. its just a wonderful mix of emotions. 02. The Rain Song - a truly wonderful song. A slower song, which may deter more "hard rock" listeners. It flows beautifully, it starts out with relaxing, seperated chords, which is a wonderful break from a slightly more hectic song above. The words are wonderful, the beat, and all over feeling, is very relaxing 03. Over The Hills And Far Away - another great song. Full of changes and intresting rythms. To any true music theory studier, it has a very simple time signature, which is made complex by abnormal beats. It starts out with an acoustic sound, followed by a 12 string sound which, just emphasizes the tune, then followed by lyrics-the first words you'll be saying from now on after the first time hearing it "hey lady!" it then changes to a rocking beat and then a whole nother beat and back to a slow finish. 04. The Crunge - an ok song, not as famous as the rest but not bad. It's a blusey song, they could have done more with the tune but theres not really much to say about it. 05. Dancing Days - this song starts out assulting your ears with two wonderfully ear wrenching notes, then gets to the tune. Kind of a "wierder" sounding song, but good never the less. 06. D'yer Mak'er - a super catchy song! I personally love it, it has more of a raggae beat to it. You'll be singing 'oh oh oh oh oh ohHhh" for hours on end! On the "poppier" side also, but its a great song. 07. No Quarter - kind of a stranger song. Could bemore for the drug side of music. Its a keyboard song with a kind of, shaking beat. There is barely any singing. Its on the quieter side, but it's also a pretty good song. I don't listen to it that much, you need to be in a certain mood to listen to it. 08. The Ocean - starts out with a quiet murmer of talking in the background, then busts out into the main riff. The guitar has a very cool tone to it. Robert Plant uses his Higher voice for this song and it gels well with the guitar tone. Half way thru the song, it cuts quite and robert hums the tune, then Bursts right back into the Riff. After another set of lyrics, it goes into a completely new tune thats kind of a fun beat. It's a great song all together, and a great way to end a great album.

Lyrics — 9
Robert Plant does some great singing in this Album, from songs like the rain song, with his mellower voice, to The Ocean with his high voice. The lyrics area all good, I don't know what else to say, Robert PLant is one of the greatest, most originial singers ever.

Overall Impression — 10
This is one of the greater Led Zeppelin Albums, I'd have to say. Almost all of the songs on this album are worth owning. The most impressive songs would have to be The Ocean and Over The Hills and Far Away. This is overall a great album and I love almost every part of it. If it was lost I'd definitaly buy it again. A great album.

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