Sound — 10
Some Zeppelin fans are more fond of the older days, the first four albums. These fans will tell you that those albums have a rougher edge, are more rock-oriented, and have more powerful tracks. This, in my opinion, is completely wrong. Though many of the band's most popular hits are from the '68-'71 era, there's no doubt in my mind that within the subsequent years, Zeppelin expanded their horizons and ultimately improved their music greatly. With 1973 came "Houses Of The Holy," which, though it was released only 2 years after their critically acclaimed "Led Zeppelin IV," shows such an impeccable improvement in Zep's sound that it almost sounds like another band. They were still that rough blues rock band, but with more heart, and incorporating many more musical influences into their sound. And with 1975's "Physical Graffiti," they take it even a step further, and the result is so magnificent that it is undoubtedly one of the most experimental and pleasing albums in the entire rock genre.
Lyrics — 10
Though some of the songs date back as far as Zep II, the lyrics are so much more complex and mature than any of the band's earlier attempts. Even though it was still mostly Plant and Page who wrote the songs, you can really tell that they started reaching out and trying different things. Though Zeppelin have never really been credited with the greatest lyrics ever, there's still something special about them in Physical Graffiti's case that makes it so enjoyable.
Overall Impression — 10
The sheer broadness of the album itself is what makes it so appealing. No matter what kind of rock you are a fan of, you're pretty much guaranteed to enjoy this album. Ranging from classic Zep-sounding songs (some were written during 1969's recording sessions for Led Zeppelin II) to retrospective compilations to monumental epics, this album has something for everybody. A 15-track 2-disc album, "Physical Graffiti" is a true Led Zeppelin masterpiece, achieving more musical maturity than they had anywhere up to that point, and anything that they tried to do since. In 1998 Q magazine readers voted it the 28th greatest album of all time, and it also hit the #1 spot on the U. S. Billboard charts. If you thought you were a fan of Zeppelin now and haven't heard this album yet, my suggestion would be to go out and buy it immediately. I can 100% guarantee you that you won't regret it. It's Zeppelin's best, and the only Zep album worthy of a full 10/10.