Led Zeppelin's debut album was the record that set rock en course for something epic. Their followed up with the proof. Led Zeppellin set new precedents for rock in Led Zeppelin II, their iconic followup to their strong debut.
When you think of Led Zeppelin, the blues-influenced westerns aren't exactly what first comes to mind. It's the riffs that really set the tone. Led Zeppelin's series of classic riffs come from Led Zeppelin II, and some of their most defining ones are on the record, too. It opens with the classic 'Whole Lotta Love,' its punchy riff and instant grabber, even now with dated production. Later on in the record is 'Heartbreaker,' its badass riff rolling and roaring ahead with loads of swagger and suave. Led Zeppelin really brought out the big guns.
Led Zeppelin II isn't just an album that throws riffs at you constantly, though. It moves and flows like a river; quickly in parts and calmly at another. 'What Is and What Should Never Be' holds down the groove on the record's start, going from groove to fun as 'The Lemon Song' brings loads of innuendoes to the table (as was necessary at the time). The album ends in much the same format, though instead it's a groovy track in 'Moby Dick' with epic, wild runs and a rare studio drum solo, which admittedly doesn't sound too impressive on an album (which is why it's only done live, normally). 'Bring It On Home' returns to the band's roots, much as the title suggests. Like the album before it, 'Bring It On Home' takes the record out on a bluesy, sweet note such that it comes full circle.
Led Zeppelin set new precedents for rock in Led Zeppelin II, focussing on riffs and energy and stepping a bit back from technique. It's important to find that balance, but if you're ACD. ot'll never happen.
Favorite Tracks: Heartbreaker, Whole Lotta Love
Least Favorite Track: Ramble On
Rating: 78 / 100
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