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September 2010

Robert Plant: torn between three and four stars


So the review - for The National, Abu Dhabi, which kindly consents to the reproduction at Salut! of my work for its Arts pages - was done and dusted. One question remained: how many stars would I give Robert Plant's new album Band of Joy? Three - that's out of five, of course - I said, since I had reservations. Then I reflected on my mark: had it been out of 10, I would certainly have gone for seven. So at three-and-a-half, it seemed fairer to go up a half to four. Not the weightiest decision I have ever had to make, but - now made - one I feel comfortable with ...

To the intense disappointment
of the army of fans who revered Led Zeppelin, and the dismay of surviving fellow members of the band, Robert Plant just wants to move on.

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