Sound — 10
Led Zeppelin, like the Beatles, had a fondness for wonderfully schizophrenic double albums. This is their White Album, and it is a pleasure from start to finish. From the opener to the finish, this switches musical moods almost (but not quite) as much as the fabled white album itself. It explores eastern beats in 'Kashmir', cheerfully rips off Stevie Wonder and Robert Johnson at the same time in 'Trampled Underfoot', and does blues ramblin' like your mama used to make in 'Black Country Woman'. Led Zeppelin as usual sound astounding throughout.
Lyrics — 10
Led Zeppelin had reached their lyrical peak at this point, so the lyrics are obviously going to be awesome. From painting surrealistic pictures in 'Kashmir', to trippy mysticism 'In The Light' & 'In My Time of Dying', and heartfelt yearning in 'Ten Years Gone.' Robert Plants vocal range is among the best of any male singer ever, and it shows. The lyric 'Everything as it was, then again it will be/Though the course may change sometimes, rivers always reach the sea' from Ten Years Gone shows just how much they had matured lyrically.
Overall Impression — 10
This is the fans Led Zepp album, and their last truly great one. It's awesome in every respect, and probably their best. It contains only one weak moment 'Boogie With Stu' (annoying drum riff), but apart from that it's near perfect. Buy it now.