Vinyl Record & CD
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180-gram double LP with bonus album CD
Plant's label debut for Nonesuch/Warner featuring nine new original songs
His first record since 2010’s Band of Joy
Plated and pressed at Pallas in Germany
Robert Plant's new album, lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar has already been met with critical acclaim around the world. Produced by Plant, the album is his label debut and features 11 new recordings, nine of which are original songs written by Plant with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters — Justin Adams: bendirs, djembe, guitars, tehardant, background vocals; John Baggott: keyboards, loops, moog bass, piano, tabal, background vocals; Juldeh Camara: kologo, ritti, Fulani vocals; Billy Fuller: bass, drum programming, omnichord, upright bass; Dave Smith: drum set; and Liam "Skin" Tyson: banjo, guitar, background vocals
The New York Times featured the release of lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar in its Times 100 list of "events that have us especially excited" in the fall season.
"Not one to repeat himself, Robert Plant seeks his latest ancient-modern modal alchemy on his new album, lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar," writes Times music critic Jon Pareles. "In songs about spirit and flesh, he swirls together instruments from Africa and Appalachia, Celtic-rooted melodies, circular ritual-music riffs, some of the most gently otherworldly vocals in his catalog and, every so often, a roar of electric guitar."
Pareles also spoke with Plant for a feature article in yesterday's Times and finds that the singers/songwriter "has determinedly followed his instincts and impulses" in his career. Expanding upon his brief in the Times 100, Pareles writes of the new album: "American, Celtic, Middle Eastern and African styles get a technological shake-up in his new songs, as the album transforms and reconfigures elements that have been part of Mr. Plant's music since the 1960s. Hypnotic world-music grooves mesh with blues and country, as loops and programming mingle with banjo, electric guitars, synthesizers and a one-stringed West African fiddle."
Read what Plant has to say about the new album at nytimes.com.
The legendary singer/songwriter spoke with NPR's Morning Edition yesterday. "Since the glory days of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant has covered a lot of ground," says Morning Edition host David Greene. "He has restlessly pursued interests in world music, blues, and country. In 2009 he won five Grammys for Raising Sand, an Americana album with the bluegrass singer Alison Krauss ... He says this new album captures exactly where he wants to be: on his own personal journey." Listen to the interview at npr.org.
Robert Plant is also the subject of a feature article in the Los Angeles Times.
"It's a compellingly eclectic landscape he has created on "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar," says the LA Times's Randy Lewis. Referencing recent successes with Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller, and Patty Griffin, he explains: "Where those outings delved deep into the body of American blues, country, folk and gospel music, Plant pushes the parameters outward by adding generous doses of Celtic-influenced sounds and polyrhythmic excursions from the musical traditions of western and northern Africa."
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