Sound — 10
The quality of sound is fine on all songs, very clear and plenty sharp enough. It should obviously be taken as read that the songs are all flawlessly executed. I love the different stlyes that are all introduced with complete success, and the little refferences to LOTR are just a beautiful touch in my opinion. My God I just love this albumn (you should be aware that I'm listening to Stairway To Heaven while writing this just to remind myself how amazing it is).
Lyrics — 10
Lyrics range from stariway to heaven which are just amazing. I can (hand have done more than once) just sit and listen to it or just read the lyrics for hours letting my mind wander, it's like a drug, just puts me out of reality completely. Robert Plant, amazing singer.
Overall Impression — 10
I'm not sure if its their best albumn ever, because that would be implying that it is better than their others which I don't think is possible. Going To California is amazingly layed back, Black Dog is amzingly cool, When The Levee Breaks is amazingly heavy, Battle Of Evermore is amazingly strange (in a good way, it's still amazing), Stairway To Heaven is just gonna get its own paragraph! Wow what can I say that I haven't already, the start is so beautifully mournful, the harmonies are so pretty, the solo is so amazingly good (it's the first solo I ever learned, so I know it that well but it's still amazingly cool every time I listen to it) and the end is so heavy and hard its hard to belive it's the same song that started so gently 6 minutes 44 seconds previously. The lyrics remain hugely deep throughout however. If someone stole it, I would buy another copy from each and every music store within a days driving distance of my house. And as we walk on down the road, our shadows taller than our souls.