Welcome to the 3rd installment of my Led Zeppelin studio album reviews! These are tandem reviews with my amazing wife, Sarah who is posting her own reviews over at Caught Me Gaming. So be sure to check out her write up on Led Zeppelin III right here!
As for me, I can sum up Led Zeppelin III like this: Where’s my blues at?
As a Led Zeppelin Album: 3/5
Compared to the Rest: 3/5
Whaaaa??? You need me to elaborate again?!?!?! OK…
Led Zeppelin III is a pretty good album, but just not one of my favourites. Like Costanza wearing velvet…
…I prefer my Zep albums to be draped in the hard-rockin’ blues. Zep 3’s main focus is acoustic folk instead. It isn’t a complete shift for the band as there has always been some folk in their sound, but for me, they were the weaker moments on the previous albums.
Friends, Gallows Pole, Tangerine, That’s The Way, and Bron Y-Aur Stomp are five tunes out of the 10 that really don’t do much for me. Tangerine is pretty and I might stompy my foot a little for the Bron Y-Aur, but I would be a casual fan at best if this is what made up the band.
The few rockers on here are OK. The lyrics for Immigrant Song is cheese. Celebration Day is no Communication Breakdown, and Out on The Tiles has a nice second half but it takes a while to get there.
The album’s closer is a blues tune, Hats Off To (Roy) Harper. It is closer to folk-blues than the electric Chicago kind, but that dirty acoustic slide makes it for me.
The one song I do love on here is Since I’ve Been Lovin’ You. Zep definitely upped their blues game for this one. It reminds me a lot of Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You from the first album, a slow burn but a low-down and dirty one. In fact, this might be their best blues number up until this point. Superb.
Zep 3 is not a bad album in any way, but it doesn’t appeal to me on the same level as some others. I know this is a favorite for some of you out there and my hat is off to all of you Harpers who really dig it.