I bought Mighty Re-Arranger early last year, and think it's terrific. Lots of the old Led Zep in Plant's singing.
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I listened to a friends CD-R of a soundboard from that tour in Nashville. The band was excellent - great guitar work. Sounded like there were a lot of loops were thrown into the mix, however I enjoyed the Middle Eastern overtones with the bluesy backbeat. Prompted me to go out and buy the studio version of Rearranger. It quite grew on me after a few listens. At least Robert's experimenting a little and surrounding himself with some decent people (IMHO). I learned a long time ago to try and force a Led Zeppelin disconnect when approaching his (solo) music.
Guess I can go along with Audiofeil somewhat in regard to Plant's voice, however not nearly as disappointing as Page's guitar chops by the time "In Through the Out Door" came out.
I'd like to qualify my earlier post lest I be accused of Plant bashing.
First of all Im a big fan of both Led Zep and Robert Plant. I bought all of the LZ albums on release and own most of Plants solo work. Hes a great writer, good vocalist, and always selects superb musicians to record and tour.
Having seen Zep many times between 1969 and 1973 there was a marked deterioration in his voice some time around 1971. Live performances of How Many More Times and Since Ive Been Loving You were markedly different in 1972 and later than they were in 1969-70-71. The vocals were much weaker; his range had diminished.
Im constantly amazed at how many of rocks older figures such as Ian Gillan, Roger Daltrey, and Sammy Hagar to name a few, have managed to avoid vocal damage and sound so strong after 35+ years of singing. Good genes? Luck of the draw? Who knows? That being said, I enjoy Robert Plants work; he is one of rocks most important artists. However, his voice has changed more than many of his contemporaries.
It's difficult for me to wrap my head around critiquing an artist's recent work based on how his voice sounds in his late fifties compared to when he was 20.
Taken in the context of the qualities of his voice today (some of which are more interesting than the voice of a young man), and how he utilizes his voice today, Plant's "Mighty Re-Arranger" is a strong and enjoyable body of work.
BTW, I agree with Audiofeil on the lasting ability of Daltry and Hagar. Daltrey especially seems like a freak of nature they way he can still bring it after all these years.
my comment on his voice on mighty rearranger was more along the lines of his warbling stylization than a shot voice - true Plant lost his ultra high range in mid 72 evident on many bootlegs of the era, who wouldn't with all that screaming
but his latest work would have came off a lot better had he sang it straight instead of the vocal postering