ROBERT PLANT Carry Fire ★★★★ None­such

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JOE BREEN

I’ve never bought into most of Robert Plant’s lyri­cal caprices, but his mu­si­cal adventures, well that’s an­other story. Here he is at 69, stretch­ing him­self with his take on east/west and north/south. His un­der­stand­ing and em­pa­thy with US roots mu­sic is a given, as is his feel­ing for Bri­tish folk. Ditto his abid­ing in­ter­est in African mu­sic and east­ern rhythm. Stir the lot with his in­tu­itive un­der­stand­ing of rock’n’roll dy­nam­ics and you have this in­trigu­ing al­bum, brood­ing, mys­te­ri­ous, full-blooded, fas­ci­nat­ing. Elec­tric and eclec­tic. The more you lis­ten, the more you hear. His band, the Sen­sa­tional Space Shapers, are in ex­pan­sive form, aug­mented by Seth Lake­man (vi­o­lin) and cel­list Redi Hasa. Chrissie Hynde duets with Plant on a pow­er­ful cover of Ersel Hickey’s Blue­birds Over the Moun­tain, while the ti­tle track, Bones of Saints and The May Queen are stand­outs. Impressive. robert­plant.com

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