Published Sep 01, 2014Jimmy Page has been pushing for a Led Zeppelin reunion, but Robert Plant remains focused on his folksy solo career. His latest release is lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar, which is available to stream on Exclaim.ca ahead of its September 9 release on Nonesuch.
The album finds the singer backed by his band the Sensational Space Shifters. It features an interesting mix of influences, with most of the songs mixing rustic, clattering grooves with world beat instrumental flourishes.
There's an undercurrent of rock in "Rainbow" and "Somebody There," while "A Stolen Kiss" is a delicate piano ballad, but most of this material is hard to pin down stylistically due its inventive mix of cultures and influences.
"The whole impetus of my life as a singer has to be driven by a good brotherhood. I am very lucky to work with the Sensational Space Shifters," Plant said in a statement. "They come from exciting areas of contemporary music…I have been around awhile and I ask myself, do I have anything to say? Is there a song still inside me? In my heart? I see life and what's happening to me. Along the trail there are expectations, disappointments, happiness, questions and strong relationships and now I'm able to express my feelings through melody, power and trance; together in a kaleidoscope of sound, colour, and friendship."
Hear all of lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar below.
As previously reported, Plant will be taking the album out on North American tour, and you can see all those stops here.