Rolling Stone3.5 stars out of 5
-- "[W]hat's most striking is Plant's vocal versatility....The two most striking songs are the most left-field, both penned by the brooding husband-wife indie-rock band Low."
Entertainment Weekly - p.139
"Plant sounds vocally reenergized on this covers-heavy follow-up to his Grammy-winning Alison Krauss collaboration, RAISING SAND..." -- Grade: A-
Billboard (p.28) - "[T]he Plant-Miller original 'Central Two-O-Nine' is a train song so authentic in tone that it almost sounds like a Johnny Cash chestnut."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.944 stars out of 5
-- "The tender, propulsive take on the late Townes Van Zandt's 'Harm's Swift Way' is a nice touch....It all adds up to more willful magic from Plant."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.52Ranked #32
in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "[A] textured solo effort."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.894 stars out of 5
-- "'Falling In Love Again' recalls Plant's days with The Honeydrippers, his voice as sweet and emotive as it's ever been."
Uncut (magazine) - p.824 stars out of 5
-- "Rarely in his post-Zep years has Plant sung as well as he does on BAND OF JOY....The album's closing quartet of tracks is a microcosm of American folk song."
Uncut (magazine) - p.37Ranked #5
in Uncut's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "BAND OF JOY found him delving deeper into Americana, assisted by Buddy Miller and another crack team of Nashville outriders."
Personnel: Patty Griffin (vocals); Darrell Scott (guitar, acoustic guitar, lap steel guitar, banjo, mandolin, accordion); Buddy Miller (electric guitar, baritone guitar, 6-string bass); Marco Giovino (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Mike Poole.
Recording information: Clinton Recording Studio, New York, NY; House of Blues Studio, Nashville, TN; Woodland Studios, Nashville, TN.
Editor: Mike Poole.
Photographer: Michael Wilson .
Robert Plant revives the Band of Joy name for his new album, co-produced by and featuring Buddy Miller, whose fine guitar playing and presence on these tracks bring it close to being an actual collaboration.