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by Robert Plant

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While most of his peers have succumbed to the lure of the nostalgia circuit, Robert Plant has shown a winning resistance to rehashing past glories. Yes, he's done the Page & Plant dog-and-pony show from time to time, but as evidenced by Dreamland -- his first solo effort in nearly a decade -- the golden-tressed singer still seems


While most of his peers have succumbed to the lure of the nostalgia circuit, Robert Plant has shown a winning resistance to rehashing past glories. Yes, he's done the Page & Plant dog-and-pony show from time to time, but as evidenced by Dreamland -- his first solo effort in nearly a decade -- the golden-tressed singer still seems more comfortable on the edge than in the middle of the road. Most of the album's 11 songs are covers, but only a couple of them come from sources that might be expected, like blues legend Bukka White's "Funny in My Mind (I Believe I'm Fixin' to Die)." For the rest of the disc, Plant takes on decidedly challenging material, such as Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren," which is shot through by the spine-tingling Middle Eastern playing of former Cure guitarist Porl Thompson. Strange Sensation, the group that's backed Plant on several tours over the past half decade, alternate between moody subtleties (a tense version of "Morning Dew," a much-covered tune made most famous by the Grateful Dead) and adrenalized garage-rock (represented by a tough take on the Leaves' "Hey Joe"). Plant follows suit, gliding between a low-key purr (his rendition of Dylan's "One More Cup of Coffee") and his trademark blues yowl (a radical revamp of "Big Boy" Crudup's "Train Fare Blues"). Chalk this up as strong evidence that creative life can indeed begin at -- or flourish past -- 50.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At their best, cover albums have a strange way of galvanizing an artist by returning to the songs that inspired them; the artists can find the reason why they made music in the first place, perhaps finding a new reason to make music. Robert Plant's Dreamland -- his first solo album in nearly ten years and one of the best records he's ever done, either as a solo artist or as a member of Led Zeppelin -- fulfills that simple definition of a covers album and goes beyond it, finding Plant sounding reinvigorated and as restless as a new artist. Part of the reason why this album works so well is that he has a new band -- not a group of supporting musicians, but a real band that can challenge him because they tap into the same eerie, post-folk mysticism that fueled Led Zeppelin III, among other haunting moments in the Zep catalog. Another reason why this album works so well is that it finds the band working from a similar aesthetical point as classic Zeppelin, who, at their peak, often reinterpreted and extrapolated their inspirations, piecing them together to create something startlingly original. That's the spirit here, most explicitly on the blues medley Win My Train Fare Home (If I Ever Get Lucky), but also throughout the record, as he offers radical reinventions of such cult favorites like Bob Dylan's One More Cup of Coffee, Tim Buckley's Song to the Siren, and the Youngbloods' Darkness, Darkness, along with such staples as I Believe I'm Fixin' to Die and Hey Joe. What's amazing about this album is that it as adventurous and forward-thinking -- perhaps even more so -- as anything he's ever done. He's abandoned the synthesizers that have distinguished each of his solo albums and replaced them with a restless, searching band that pushes every one of these songs past conventional expectations (and, in the case of the two strong originals, they make the new tunes sound as one with the covers). Dreamland rarely sounds like Led Zeppelin, but its spirit is pure Zeppelin; this, in a sense, is what he was trying to do with the Page and Plant albums -- find a way back into the mystic by blending folk, worldbeat, blues, rock, and experimentalism into music that is at once grounded in the past and ceaselessly moving forward. He might have co-authored only two pieces here, but Dreamland is a fully realized product of his own vision -- as unpredictable and idiosyncratic, as fulfilling and full of mystery as anything he's ever released.
Rolling Stone - J.D. Considine
Restraint is what ultimately illuminates this album.

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  1. Funny in My Mind (I Believe I'm Fixin' to Die)
  2. Morning Dew
  3. One More Cup of Coffee
  4. Last Time I Saw Her
  5. Song to the Siren
  6. Win My Train Fare Home
  7. Darkness, Darkness
  8. Red Dress
  9. Hey Joe
  10. Skip's Song

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robert Plant   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ginny Clee   Background Vocals
Clive Deamer   Percussion,Drums
Porl Thompson   Guitar
Bob Cole   Pedal Steel Guitar
John Baggot   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Charlie Jones   Bass,Bass Guitar
Raj Das   Background Vocals
Justin Adams   Guitar,Darbouka,Gimbri

Technical Credits

Gordon Lightfoot   Composer
Robert Plant   Producer,Concept,Audio Production
Roy Williams   Direction
Phil Brown   Audio Production
Andie Airfix   Artwork
John Baggot   String Arrangements
André Thompson   Direction
Phill Brown   Producer,Engineer
Joe Spix   Artwork

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Dreamland 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album shows that Plant may be aging, but at least he is doing it gracefully. Rather than establishing what this album is, let's define what it isn't. It is not the hard hitting riffs, fast paced beats, and trip solo's you have come to know and love about Led Zeppelin. This album is a rather slower paced but not totally void of toe-tapping beats. Plant has obviously embraced technology in this album mainly in the form of synth and effects, but he knows how to keep it from sounding like electronica. Also, he has not lost his touch with the acoustic guitar or the orchestral accompaniments. The reason this album only received a 3 is because I am very hard grading. Only superb, timeless albums like Dark Side of the Moon deserve a 5. The reason Dreamland didn¿t get a 4 is because Plant misses the `re-run¿ generation that heard Led from there older siblings and expected the music to be a little faster paced and also may be missing the mark for his original followers who desire a more pop-culture easy listening sound. Dreamland does hold steady at 3 stars because of the song `Morning Dew¿. This song is one of the best I have heard in a while. It has a slower pace than most of today¿s music that is played on the radio, but combines great acoustical sound with Plant¿s mellower singing voice and great rhythms. Plant is at his best when he is not screaming to overcome Jimmy¿s riffs. In conclusion, Plant has created an album that reflects a lot of his influences, including folk, jazz, symphonic, and classic rock. Listen to this album on a Sunday drive after you were out all night listening to `House of the Holy'!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd reminds me of three-day-old leftovers served up at an unappetizingly lukewarm temperature. The songs on this cd are incredibly boring and bland, and would lack any flavors, except like leftovers left in the refrigerator too long that pick up the flavors of other foods, Robert Plant has given these songs his own flavor, and it isn't tasty by any means. The old blues, and sixties folk song remakes have passed their expiration date. The two new songs included on this cd just aren't enough, and they don't cleanse the palette of the stale aftertaste the leftover sixties folk songs and old blue songs leave behind. I found this CD very disappointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Dreamland, Robert Plant takes a visit back to the music that inspired him before he became known as Zeppelin front man. This album is mostly covers of songs from artists that inspired him however it should not be viewed as a cop-out. Plant has taken these songs and given them a flavour distinctly his own. This is not a Zeppelin album, but instead a return to Plant as a solo artist, something not really seen since his Fate of Nations album from 1993. He is surrounded by a host of fabulous musicians such as the Cure's Porl Thompson and together they have created brilliant melodies and striking songs. Plant is vocally as strong as ever. As well as the covers, the album includes two original songs by Plant that pick up where Fate of Nations left off. Both songs seem to be inspired by the music he has remade and fit perfectly into the great songs hall of fame that is the rest of the album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This certainly is an album that takes a few spins to get used to it. Having done that, I'd have to say that this is Robert's answer to McCartney's ''Run Devil Run.'' I happen to like the music, but wasn't wowed at the sound of the recording. Over all, I'd say this is fine music from the man in 2002. Good porch music. Not so heavy that you crave raw liver, yet still enough guts to satisfy any Zephead on a summer day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really, really liked it. It was a gift and not like anything I've heard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd has some really good tracks with Plant in fine vocal form. One thing to remember, however, is that this is a solo album, not a led zeppelin one. if you listen without expecting to hear ten tracks that mimick zep, then you will enjoy these songs. they are more mellow than any zep and than plants earlier solo work that i have heard, which is only the ones that get radio play. all in all a good album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hooray, Robert got back in the studio! This has been a good year for the surviving members of the group. JPJ released the very good album the Thundertheif, and Plant released this great album (still waiting on Mr. Page...)Plant gets into a psychedellic groove on this album, and I really enjoyed all the tracks. Plant seems much more comfortable on this album than on some of the last solo's he's released. Plant sure took a long break in between his last solo album and this one, but it's worth the wait. Robert's experimentation really paid off, in fact I think some of his 80s solos got trapped in the 80s style of music, so it feels very good to see him return to what he does best. Thank you Robert! Hopefully this album will inspire Jimmy to get into the studio as well. After hearing this, I got tickets to see Plant this summer, and I suggest that you do the same, or at least listen to the album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While a couple cuts on this album are very good, the majority are simple and boring. I expected more from Plant. After listening to the album three times, I cannot call it one of my favorite new CDs. I suggest Led Zepp albums 1-5.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't know rock music could sound like this. This CD has a wonderful vibe running throughout the ten songs, meaning that they all fit well toghther. The sound can be very intimate, sultry at times, and even sexy. The best way to appreciate it is with headphones on, so that every note and sigh is heard. Robert Plant's voice is excellent, with a texture and maturity that is breathtaking. The band is very tight, and it shows in the musical performance. The songs just come alive, and transport the listener to a not so distant dreamland. I recommend this CD to anyone who likes good music with a twist. I hope that those who lend an ear, enjoy it.