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Robert Plant Mighty Rearranger Sanctuary Records
06076-84747-2
· Produced By: Steve Evens

· Running Time:

· Release Date: Out Now

· Released: WORLD

· Musical Style: Rock

· Links: Robert Plant
79%
Songs: 70%
Sound: 90%
Robert Plant is the very definition of a legend. His work with Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin are wisely heralded as some of the most important music in rock n roll history.
His solo efforts have been largely impressive also. While taking a different path to that of his famous band, the albums have managed to dish out a few classics in their own.
I remain deeply enamored with the albums Fate Of Nations and Now & Zen and to a lesser degree Manic Nirvana.
In the other instances the solo material hasn't really inspired my long term interest and I really found Dreamland to be rather average. And that is the key here...those that love Dreamland will totally dig this as it's even better. But if you struggled with that album, this doesn't offer much joy. I own every Zeppelin record, but similarily was really disappointed with Plant & Page's Walking Into Clarksdale album - just too soft.
Regardless of a loss of interest in Plant's recent work, I do anticipate a new record. It has every chance of being brilliant.
Juding by critical reviews, it seems I am in a minority. The people behind this record – the label and marketing folks – seem deeply impressed with this album, as are much of the mainstream press, but I cannot wholeheartedly share their enthusiasm.
Perhaps my frame of mind is not receptive to an album as subtle as this. With Stratovarius, Lande/Allen and Brazen Abbot on high rotation, Plant has proved to be a nice soft rock alternative, yet I still find it hard to get too excited about it.
This is a real mood album and should you find yourself playing it at the perfect moment, I believe it will strike a chord with many readers. But make sure the mood is set before playing it. This is a very laid back and atmospheric release, with the bulk of material being softly sung and gently delivered. The emphasis is clearly on creating a mood and delivering an album that undertakes a journey, but whether listeners will still be awake at the end is the big question.
What's missing for me are the soulful hooks and memorable passages of past genius such as I Believe, 29 Palms, Dance On My Own, The Way I Feel, Helen Of Troy and Come Into My Life.
There is no doubting or questioning the musical intelligence on show within this record. The vast layers of instrumentation, the experimentation with non-traditional instruments and the change of approach from track to track all signal great musical understanding by those involved.
One of the best album covers of the year and accompanying websites though!
The Bottom Line
This is not a simple record and it's not one that features a lot of instant hooks. Not in the sense of previous records by Plant. It's far more experimental, more diverse and filled with a great deal of detail that requires extended periods of analysis. If that suits, then this is a record well worth checking out, as it is perfectly produced and mixed. However, if like me, you want to rock – save this for later.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
· Pictures At Eleven
· Shaken 'N' Stirred
· The Principle of Moments
· Now & Zen
· Manic Nirvana
· Fate Of Nations
· Dreamland
· Mighty ReArranger

Line Up:
· Robert Plant: Vocals, Harmonica
· Justin Adams: Guitar, Bendir, Tehardant, Lap Steel, Bass
· Clive Deamer: Drums, Bendir
· Billy Fuller: Bass
· John Baggot: Keyboards, Electonica, Moog Bass
· Skin Tyson: Guitars, Acoustic, Lap Steel

Essential For Fans Of:
· Robert Plant - Dreamland
If you enjoyed this release - also check out:
· Plant & Page - Walking Into Clarksdale
Track Listing
· Another Tribe
· Shine It All Around
· Freedom Fries
· Tin Pan Valley
· All The Kings Horses
· The Enchanter
· Takamba
· Dancing In Heaven
· Somebody Knocking
· Let The Four Winds Blow
· Mighty Rearranger
· Brother Ray


08/10/05: Alan - ajj0217@comcast.net
Rating: 30
I agree with the earlier comment about this is not a rock record. Why then is it marketed to the rock crowd? Money? Extra record sales? Naaaa, that's not what Plant is about is it? In fact I thought he was just the opposite, doing his thing. It's sad that 80% of his audience is not going to enjoy it and feel ripped off. As for this album? I don't know what it is, but for the most part I don't enjoy it.

10/08/05: Todd - Squire348@insight.rr.com
Rating: 55
To me more than any other vocalist/musician from his period, Plant has changed the most. He went through the 80’s and much of the early 90’s basically denying the fact that he was in Zeppelin. Rather than embrace the fact that he fronted one of the most influential bands of all time, he tried to distance himself from it. In some respects, I guess I can admire that. Not content to rest on his laurels from the past and create something new. But no matter what he does, it will always come back around to Zep. That is what happens when you become so huge.

So knowing that he isn’t out to write “Physical Graffiti 2” or even “Pictures At 11: The Lost Tapes”, I never really know where he is headed with his music. Is it too out there just for the sake of being different, or is it real and inspired? I can never tell.

What does bother me the most is the fact that along with breaking from most of all of his past, Plant more than many has tamed his voice. Makes me wonder if it still is there. Roger Daltrey, Rob Halford, Jon Anderson, Stephen Tyler, or dare I throw in Bruce Dickinson…all push it. They still go to the wall. Plant is reduced to a mere whisper in spots. Like the passion and power he once possessed is gone. That brings me down. I find myself constantly waiting from a gut-wrenching scream to come that never does.

But even beyond that, the songs are lackluster. Not catchy outside of one or two cuts.

So while he attempts something new, I can’t help but feel in Robert’s situation if going back to his glory days of 1972 would suit him better. Besides it wouldn’t be like he ripping anyone off. He started the whole thing…

07/08/05: Rich - lovedrug_ld50@yahoo.com
Rating: 95
Another masterpiece from the voice of Rock and Roll as we know him.Robert Plant will remain a chameleon in this business and will always impress as well as teach.There's always something new to discover in his music with every listen hence the reason Al Zepplin albums and solo albums remain classics to this day.Plant can do no wrong....nuff said

27/07/05: GAFF - Gaffguitars@optonline.net
Rating: 95
I love this album. I have read some people just don't like it. Kind of like how Zeppelin III was so different from I & II. This is a "musical tour de force". I love the rhythms and textures on this album. Another Tribe is excellent. Shine It All Around is excellent. All The King's Horses is great. Tin Pan Alley, just awesome. Actually I think this whole album is great except the song Freedom Fries. That was a little weak. I think most Plant fans are probably very pleased with this effort. I've been listening to it religously for months now and it gets better every time.

09/07/05: scott - n/a
Rating: 49
I've tried very hard to like this CD, but I can't. It does nothing for me. I liked the Robert Plant of 1982-1993, but "might rearranger" is too far removed for me. I saw him in concert last night in Rochester Hills, Michigan. It was a decent show, but not much excitement. Even the old Zeppelin songs are being played in this world music style. I was bored to tears. I left early. Sorry Robby.

07/07/05: the rockmeister - craigiecubsfan@yahoo.ca
Rating: 0
mighty piece of crap.

01/07/05: jason - mekong603@yahoo.com
Rating: 95
The problem with this record is that it's not fair to list the musical style as "rock." Robert Plant has moved far past simple rock'n'roll and has added a multitude of style to his pallet. It might be safe to say that Robert has moved into the realm of "world music" as forays into Arabic and Indian styles are sprinkled throughout this record.

This album is not for everyone. If you want to hear "Whole Lotta Love" for the 2 millionth time you'll be dissapointed. But if you respect an artist who's not afraid to grow and experiment you might find yourself loving "The Mighty Rearranger." There are some great rock'n'roll moments, the title track has a "How Many More Times" type of groove that I will have you nodding your head all night. The quiet moments are truly beautiful, and the melodies do stick in your head if you bother to spin the CD more than once.

I love an artist who can adapt, it's a shame Robert's audience might have trouble adapting to him.

24/06/05: Freddy De Keyzer - freddk100@hotmail.com
Rating: 77
His finest release in a long while.
Still not top notch, but the man is a genius, don't think that can be denied !
Decent rock !


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