|Robert Plant — Carry Fire (Oct. 13th, 2017)|
Robert Plant — Carry Fire (2 LP, 13/10/2017) ★λ★• Former Led Zeppelin vocalist whose successful solo career has found him covering a wide range of styles.
★λ★• “I want people to know I’m pulling points of reference from other times and other places — incongruous and out of step and kilter — into another world. I’ve done it with ZEPPELIN lyrics, as well — ‘if the sun refused to shine’ and ‘the road remains the same’ and all the shit. There’s so many bits like that, because I like the idea of spinning the bottle. And if one or two people pick up on it, that’s the justice — that’s about right.” © Robert Plant (Credit: AP, Joel Ryan). In this Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 file photo, British musician Robert Plant poses for photographs ahead of an interview with the Associated Press at Camden Lock in north London, England. following the launch of his ninth solo studio album “lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar,” and a show at London’s Roundhouse as part of iTunes Festival on Monday. He’s as snug as a hobbit in his hole in his native country after returning to record his latest album, and he doesn’t plan on changing his home base soon. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, file)
Location: Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England
Album release: 13th october, 2017
Record Label: Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records
01 The May Queen 4:14
02 New World... 3:28
03 Season’s Song 4:19
04 Dance With You Tonight 4:48
05 Carving Up the World Again...a wall and not a fence 3:54
06 A Way With Words 5:19
07 Carry Fire 5:26
08 Bones of Saints 3:47
09 Keep It Hid 4:08
10 Bluebirds Over the Mountain 4:59
11 Heaven Sent 4:42
★★λ The album features Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde on a duet of the Ersel Hickey rockabilly classic “Bluebirds Over the Mountain,” as well as Albanian cellist Redi Hasa and Seth Lakeman playing viola and fiddle. “It’s about intention, I respect and relish my past works but each time I feel the lure and incentive to create new work. I must mix old with new,” said Plant in a statement announcing the album. “Consequently the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat, the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation.”
★ Justin Adams Composer, guitarist
★ John Baggott Composer
★ William Fuller Composer
★ Ersel Hickey Composer
★ Robert Plant Composer, vocals, production
★ Dave Smith Composer
★ Liam Tyson Composer
★ Seth Lakeman Viola, fiddle
★ Redi Hasa Cello
★ Chrissie Hynde Vocals on Bluebirds Over the Mountain
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine; Score: ****½
★λ★• Robert Plant opens Carry Fire with “The May Queen,” a song that can’t help but stir up memories of “Stairway to Heaven,” the most mystical number Led Zeppelin ever cut. “The May Queen” doesn’t sound a thing like “Stairway to Heaven,” which is deliberate. As Plant murmurs about “the dimming of his light,” the churning folk~rock — a rootless, restless gypsy hybrid of American, English, and Middle East traditions — comes to crest upon a violin line that appears to quote “Prodigal Son,” a gospel blues attributed to Robert Wilkins. It’s hard not to read this as a sly wink to the audience, a suggestion that Plant, after years of rambling, has returned to where he belongs. Such suspicions are underscored by the fact that Carry Fire is Plant’s first album in over a decade where he’s retained the same supporting crew, recording once again with the Sensational Space Shifters, the same outfit who backed him on lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar. Where that 2014 record carried a cataclysmic undercurrent — his return to England bore the full weight of mortality — Carry Fire is so casual it can even get loud. Guitars ricochet throughout “New World,” a slice of hard mysticism that evokes the spacier elements of Zeppelin even as it consciously chooses the spiritual over the carnal. Despite Plant’s clear favor of the heart and head over primal pleasures, Carry Fire retains a visceral kick, because the singer/songwriter understands the transportive power of music, how the old can seem new when seen with a different light. Take “Bluebirds Over the Mountain,” an obscure 45 from the obscure rockabilly singer Ersel Hickey: It was written and recorded in 1958 and cut a decade later by the Beach Boys, but here it sounds as eternal as a mountain spring, a song that was never composed, but rather always existed. Plant surrounds “Bluebirds Over the Mountain” with songs that are equally ageless: Their bones feel old yet the sound is fresh, even if the record makes no concessions to modernity. Carry Fire also doesn’t concede to how Plant once wielded tradition as a bludgeon, since every moment of the album is underplayed. Subtlety, once a word never associated with Plant, is now his greatest strength, and Carry Fire carries a real, substantial difference from lullaby, which gained power from its moodiness. Here, Plant doesn’t seem quite so melancholy. The very richness of the music bears the weight of a long, unpredictable life, but the album’s tenor — not to mention the songs themselves — suggests a boundless possibility, and that’s why Carry Fire is an album of hope: Plant wears his years proudly, yet he’s not concerned with any moment other than the present.
Seth Lakeman: http://www.sethlakeman.co.uk/ © CREDIT: Mauricio Santana
★λ★• Robert Plant’s eleventh studio album, Carry Fire, produced by Plant in the west of England and Wales, melds unusual rhythms with naturalism. As with his 2014 album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, the album features his band The Sensational Space Shifters. They are also joined here by special guests, including Chrissie Hynde. Pre~orders include an exclusive print and an instant download of the album’s opening track, “The May Queen.”
★λ★• Robert Plant’s new album, Carry Fire, will be released by Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records on Friday, October 13, 2017. Carry Fire is available now for pre~order at digital music retailers and in the Nonesuch Store with an instant download of the album’s first track, “The May Queen,” which you can hear below. Nonesuch Store pre~orders also include an exclusive limited~edition print featuring an image from the album art.
★λ★• Carry Fire, Robert Plant’s eleventh solo album and first full~length release since 2014’s acclaimed lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, was produced by Plant in the west of England and Wales, at Top Cat studio in Box, Wiltshire with additional recordings at Real World and Rockfield studios. As with lullaby, Plant is accompanied by The Sensational Space Shifters: John Baggott on keyboards, moog, loops, percussion, drums, brass arrangement, t’bal, snare drum, slide guitar, piano, electric piano, bendir; Justin Adams on guitar, acoustic guitar, oud, E~bow quartet, percussion, snare drum, tambourine; Dave Smith on bendir, tambourine, djembe, drum kit; and Liam “Skin” Tyson on dobro, guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel, twelve~string.
★λ★• Plant and the Space Shifters are also joined on Carry Fire by a number of special guests. Chrissie Hynde joins Plant on the duet “Bluebirds Over The Mountain” (written by rockabilly legend Ersel Hickey and later recorded by both Richie Valens and The Beach Boys). Albanian cellist Redi Hasa performs on three tracks, as does the celebrated Seth Lakeman on viola and fiddle.
★λ★• Plant and the Space Shifters (which now includes Lakeman) will celebrate Carry Fire’s release by beginning a world tour in November 2017 starting in UK & Ireland and touring all corners of globe from thereon. Dates will be announced soon; for all the latest, visit nonesuch.com/on~tour.
★λ★• Plant and the band spent two years on the road together supporting lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, their unique sound and vision ultimately evolving into something even more creative and powerful.
★λ★• Plant, who lived in Texas for a time before returning to his native England three years ago, together with his friends, present the songs Carry Fire, melding unusual rhythms with naturalism and smoldering power.
★λ★• “It’s about intention, I respect and relish my past works but each time I feel the lure and incentive to create new work. I must mix old with new. Consequently the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat, the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation.”
lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar made top 10 debuts around the globe upon its release, from the US’s SoundScan/Billboard 200 to album charts in Belgium, Canada, Finland, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
★λ★• Along with its international commercial appeal, lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar drew rave reviews from such high profile media outlets as NPR Music, which named it to their 50 Favorite Albums of 2014, noting, that Plant “is still a majestic rock presence, at peace with the legacy of his hard~rock~defining band Led Zeppelin, while remaining relentlessly creative in his solo work … [The album] lovingly layers elements in ways that mirror memory, creating new constructs from floating shards of the musical past.” “Robert Plant knows where rock’s past begins and he’s pulling it into the future,” wrote the Wall Street Journal while the New York Times praised the singer’s “otherworldly voice: sustained, androgynous, balanced between serenity and ache.”
★λ★• Britain’s Guardian declared lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar to be “fantastic: gritty, dark, and satisfying” while also making special mention of Plant’s “hugely impressive backing band, the Sensational Space Shifters… There’s something almost alchemical about their ability to draw together incongruent musical influences into something coherent and exciting.” Pitchfork called lullaby “the most bravely confessional writing of his career.”
|Robert Plant — Carry Fire (Oct. 13th, 2017)|