By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
You know when a band starts a song all agog in the sunflowers and peppermint, picking out a nice guitar figure that just goes tra la, only to turn the corner and bump boo! INTO AN ENORMOUS LOUD FULL BAND DOWNBEAT, BWAHA! Do you? (See Pixies, Slint, Nirvana.) That's "Over the Hills and Far Away" here. The band samples itself, too. (See also Jay-Z.) They paste the opening of "Out on the Tiles" onto the opening of "Black Dog," which wasn't exactly wanting for a good opening. When "Black Dog" finally kicks into the "ah! ah! ah! ah!" bit (is that the bridge or the chorus? I've never known) it sounds exactlynot suggests or recalls, but sounds materially, sonically, exactlylike the Stooges and Trouble Funk playing at the same time. This is all I want from life.
The band has also released a two-DVD set of live footage called, hilariously, DVD. Because it is footage of Led Zeppelin playing live, it is the best film ever made.
This is my pledge to you: complete and total scientific objectivity. If you think the originals are all better, just A/B them. You'll see.