ROBERT PLANT Dreamland (Universal) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
The idea of Robert Plant retracing his Led Zeppelin folk-psych prehistory and immersing himself in the ancient blues hollers and coffee-house minstrel mysticism that first inspired him seems like a smashing plan for an album. And Dreamland has its inspired moments, such as Plant's hymn-like reading of Tim Buckley's Song To The Siren and entrancing meditation on Jesse Colin Young's Darkness Darkness, but such understatement has never been the rock god's forte. Given the chance to wail and encouraged by the consciously "exotic" guitar squall of Justin Adams and Porl Thompson, Plant inevitably succumbs to the old urges for excess and howls himself silly with full-on echo effects. But given that Plant is co-producer, you couldn't really expect him to rein himself in.