Sound — 10
Led Zeppelin IV is the culmination of what happens when a band filled with some of the greatest musicians in history decide to make an album that will forever change the face of music as we know it. This album is undoubtedly the greatest work in rock's history. The production quality is better than almost all of the albums out today which is saying something considering the album was released in 1971. Pagey, Jonesy, Bonzo and Percy finally find the balance between the two extremes of music, hard rock and soft folk acoustic songs. If you don't believe me then listen to Going to California and then listen to then next song When the Levee Breaks. The first is such a soft beautiful, yet haunting song with a chiming mandolin and acoustic guitar. Then of course there is Levee which is often considered the heaviest song in Western music. They are so different in sound and message that it is almost unthinkable that one band performed them both in the same time period.
Lyrics — 10
Some people think Robert Plant was a lyrical genius and others think he was a mindless ape. The latter are the true apes. Obviously some of the lyrics don't make perfect sense, but then again they weren't meant to. One of the big thing about Ld Zeppelin was that they were so mysterious and many things were merely mentioned instead of explained. Look at Stairway to Heaven. It is widely considered the best song of all time, and most people will say that the lyrics are just gorgeous, which they are. But on paper they don't make a whole lotta sense. Yet somehow a message is still put across much more effectively than most other artists could ever dream. That ladies and gentlemen is a sign of pure lyrical genius.
Overall Impression — 10
One of the questions they encourage you to answer when writing a review is "Does it compare to other albums (artists)?". This is perhaps the flat out dumbest question to ask when reviewing Led Zeppelin IV. This album is above every other album by every other artist. A bold statement I know, but it helps that I am right. Another guide that they ask you to follow when writing a review is "Be critical! Nothing is perfect." Normally I would agree, but this album is perfect. Not one lame song, not one bad note, not anything but perfection.