Rolling Stone - 12/11/03, p.113Ranked #66
in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...Towering..."
Rolling Stone - 12/23/71, p.63
"...out of the eight cuts, there isn't one that steps on another's toes, [or] that tries to do too much all at once..." - Lenny Kaye
Spin - p.89
"[With] whipsaw riffs that treated the blues like ancient runes..."
Q - 6/00, p.76Ranked #26
in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums"
Q - 10/94, p.1415 Stars
- Indispensable - "...it's...big room ambience still best described by 'When The Levee Breaks'..."
NME (Magazine) - 10/2/93, p.29Ranked #56
in NME's list of the 'Greatest Albums Of All Time.'
Liner Note Author: Masa Ito.
Recording information: 12/1970-03/1971.
Encompassing heavy metal, folk, pure rock & roll, and blues, Led Zeppelin's untitled fourth album is a monolithic record, defining not only Led Zeppelin but the sound and style of '70s hard rock. Expanding on the breakthroughs of III, Zeppelin fuse their majestic hard rock with a mystical, rural English folk that gives the record epic scope. Even at its most basic -- the muscular, tradtionalist "Rock and Roll" -- the album has a grand sense of drama, which is deepened by Robert Plant's burgeoning obsession with mythology and mysticism. These obsessions come to a head on the eerie folk ballad "The Battle of Evermore," a mandolin-driven song with haunting vocals from Sandy Denny, and on the epic "Stairway to Heaven," which encapsulates the entire album in one song. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine