Friday, October 13, 2017

Robert Plant Carry Fire released

Carry Fire

Robert Plant

Released: October 13, 2017

Peak: 14 US, 3 UK, 12 CN, 16 AU

Sales (in millions): 0.06 UK

Genre: rock


Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. The May Queen (8/17/17, --)
  2. New World…
  3. Season’s Song
  4. Dance with You Tonight
  5. Carving Up the World Again…A Wall and Not a Fence
  6. A Way with Words
  7. Carry Fire
  8. Bones of Saints (9/1/17, 20 AA)
  9. Bluebirds Over the Mountain (with Chrissie Hynde) (9/26/17, --)
  10. Heaven Sent

Total Running Time: 48:58


3.386 out of 5.00 (average of 18 ratings)

About the Album:

Robert Plant has steadfastly “refused to settle into expectations,” UCR “intentionally sidestepped the classic-rock bellowing business” NPR after his mega-successful years as a golden rock god with Led Zeppelin in the 1970s, “opting instead to explore bluegrass and Applachian folk…, rural blues, and the intricate polyrhythms of music from the Middle East and India.” NPR

As such, for his self-produced, eleventh solo studio album he “musically ventures further into the finely woven blend of folk, Celtic, blues and world music that defined his 2014 Lullaby…and the Ceaseless RoarNPR album. As with that album he is backed by the Sensational Space Shifters as he “melds unusual rhythms with naturalism.” AZ

“After all those years of trekking the world in private jets, performing at peak volume for thousands, Plant has built an encore career that thrives on tenderness and nuance while somehow retaining his burning inner intensity.” NPR And while he isn’t interested in singing Led Zeppelin chestnuts “to new generations of dazed and confused concertgoers,” NPR Plant “can still summon the fury of the Gods when necessary – see the whirling swirl of vocal ad-libs on Bones of Saints.” NPR

These new songs “dwell on notions of impermanence; scattered into the rhapsodies are images of dying embers, confessions of personal shortcomings and recollections of lost, long-gone moments of stolen bliss.” NPR Lyrically, Plant “takes a meditative position throughout, wistfully looking back as aging and mortality haunt the back of his mind.” UCR Album opener The May Queen “and the spellbinding meditation A Way with Words share the thoughts of a man ruminating, directly and only slightly romantically, on the cycle of life and death.” NPR

While the album is comprised of mostly originals, Plant does do “a radically rearranged, psychedelic version of Ersel Hickey’s 1958 Bluebirds Over the Mountain.” AS The “the dreamy/percussive folk/world music/acoustic-electric approach remains intact” AS and features Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders to boot.

Keep It Hid is “punctunated by a bluesy guitar solo with spine tingling results.” AS New World… finds Plant “pushing against chugging electric guitars and rolling drums” UCR while he is “cooing declarations of love on the acoustic Season’s Song.” UCR He even tackles politics on the “awkwardly titled Carving Up the World Again…A Wall and Not a Fence…railing against ‘Emperors and sultans, kings and presidents / Dictators and ambassadors engaged in our defense.’” AS

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