“Led Zeppelin IV”
Artist | Led Zeppelin
Release Date | November, 1971
Led Zeppelin has been one of my favourite bands for some years now, and for the most part of them I didn't know which of their albums were my favourite: I, II, III, IV or Physical Graffiti. But in general this is the most valued album by them.
Now I'm beginning to understand why: not a single second on this album is irrelevant. There are obvious and instant classics: Stairway to Heaven, Black Dog, Rock n' Roll, the incredible bluesy When the Levee Breaks. You know them, and they speak for themselves.
Battle of Evermore and Going to California are more discret, but their beauty is obvious from the first listening. Four Sticks is very easy to enjoy as well.
And then it is Misty Mountain Hop. The very, very, very strange Misty Mountain Hop. The dizzy Misty Mountain Hop. That was my problem with this album. In the middle of a perfect and inmaculate sucession of perfectly original, classic, rocking or/and beauty songs, why decided Led Zeppelin to put this so peculiar song? Why not another rock, or acoustic, or epic obvliously unparalleled milestone, or some brilliant blues like they did on I or III?
Well, because they are the geniuses that we aren't and they don't fit in our standard measurements. You may like more or less the different songs of this album. But Black Dog, Rock n' Roll, The Battle of Evermore, Stairway to Heaven, Misty Mountain Hop, Four Sticks, Going to California and When the Levee Breaks were created to be, each and one of them, an unique, inimitable reference.
And now I understand that I love Misty Mountain Hop (like every other seven songs, of course) and I haven't heard not a single similar song in rock history. And that is charasteristic of geniuses.
“Led Zeppelin IV” gets a 5/5 and truly deserves the place where it stands.