Houses of the Holy

Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
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Based on 5 reviews
1973 Ratings: #9 / 100
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Based on 379 ratings
1973 Ratings: #11
March 28, 1973 / Release Date
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Atlantic / Label
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After four amazing and highly successful self-titled albums, Led Zeppelin finally release their first album with an actual title. As the follow-up to the great quadrilogy, it does a fantastic job. This is up there with LZIII with their most experimental record up to this point. While the hard rock sound is still there on songs like Over The Hills And Far Away and The Crunge, just like their third effort they switch up with more subdued songs. The Rain Song is an excellent example of this. ... read more
Worthy of a roman numeral
I fucking love every song on this album. Except the Crunge. That shit is terrible.
Houses of the Holy has always been a slightly odd record to me. It was Zeppelin's first album that didn't follow the numbered theme (LZ I, II, III, IV). And how can you not get some weird vibes from that crazy cover? Like what even is that? Anyway, the material is very solid. It still fails to meet the incredibly high standards set by the first four records. There's some tracks on HOTH that don't really fall into the classic hard rock sound that Zeppelin was so well known for at this time. ... read more
"Houses of the Holy" feels truly like a religious experience by the band. Inside you experience everything from sunrise until sunset, discovering many types of moods and atmospheres but overarching all that is just pure human beauty instrumentally and from a songwriting perspective. This LP sees the band branch out further than they ever have before and prove they can do it all - whether you're happy or sad, in your bedroom or on the road; you're pretty much guaranteed ... read more
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Added on: November 19, 2012