The first of Led Zeppelin's records to have its own name, rather than a numeral and a speaks-for-itself attitude, 'Houses of the Holy' saw the band growing and, yes, maturing -- it was also their first record to comprise of entirely original material, and the band's textures opened up where their early reverence for their influences had started to fade away.
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7/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 23rd October 2014
Led Zeppelin’s sound begins to change on their fifth album, “Houses Of The Holy”. Their hard rock soul is still present in “The Song Remains The Same”, “The Ocean” and one of the album’s highlights, “Dancing Days” but the album has a greater mix of styles. There’s the ethereal prog of “The Rain Song” and “No Quarter”, the misguided funk of “The Crunge” (Should be called “The Cringe”) and the reggae-ish “D’Yer-Mak’er”. This album does, however, have one of Led Zep’s best songs in “Over The Hills And Far Away” which blends folky acoustics with thundering hard rock beautifully. “Houses Of The Holy” is a real mixed bag.
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