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Album Review: "IV" by Led Zeppelin

Jackson Ragland
Contributingh Reporter
jrag@uab.edu

 

The fourth studio album by Led Zeppelin “IV” is a statement in music and rock itself. 

 

The album released in 1971 includes eight songs, each one adding a different feeling to the album. The lyrics are amazing, the music is breathtaking, and the overall feeling is confidence.

 

 “Black Dog,” and “Misty Mountain Hop,” were taken from the album and made into a single and peaked at No.15 in the U.S. top 20 on Friday, Feb. 11, 1972. 

 

The best songs on this album are “Black Dog,” “Rock and Roll,” “When the Levee Breaks,” and “Stairway to Heaven,” these songs encompass the feeling of rock for any decade. 

 

“Black Dog,” a song about a dog that had wandered around the studio during recording, is a masterpiece of a song. The tempo is amazing, with the slowed down moments to take a breather in between the music and lyrics. 

 

“When the Levee Breaks,” a song originally written in the 1920’s about a flood, is one of the best songs on this album and it closes the album on a good note. The song has a mix of rock and late 1920’s blues. 

 

“Rock and Roll” a response to critics about the last album, was used to show they could still rock out; this song is fast and loud, which keeps the listener entertained.

 

“Stairway to Heaven,” one of the greatest songs by Led Zeppelin, it’s eight minutes long; the slow start is what drives some people away, but the wait is worth it to hear the whole thing come around.

 

There are no bad songs on this album, all eight songs are great to listen to, the top four are just the most popular among listeners. Each song adds a different feeling to the album; the mix of acoustic and electric with the powerful drums gives listeners a different thing to enjoy about each song. 

 

The lyrics to each song are sung perfectly by Robert Plant; for example, “And a new day will dawn for those that stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter.”

 

The songs were mainly written by Jimmy Page, the lead guitarist and Robert Plant, the lead singer. Each song has a perfect mesh of lyrics and music, which creates the perfect album.

 

Led Zeppelin with a guest vocalist on “The Battle of Evermore,” creates music that will always beinfluential to all; most of the songs on this album preach a life lesson like “Stairway to Heaven,” which starts out about a woman learning that her wealth won’t get her into heaven.

 

The guitar and drums clash together perfectly with the bass to create a sound that is topped with amazing vocals. 

 

The drummer, John Bonham, created a great rhythm to all the songs on this album; the rhythm is quick and precise. John Paul Jones, the bassist creates the tempo, the band follows, and he does it well; he perfectly counters Page’s guitar in each song.

 

The overall feel to this album is that the band isconfident and showing that they still could rock out. The band has an amazing energy that never ceased to amaze the listeners and will continue to amaze for the rest of time.

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