Robert Plant – Carry Fire

Published on 14 March 2019 by

      Stephen Thomas Erlewine: Robert Plant opens Carry Fire with “The May Queen,” a song that can’t help but stir up memories of “Stairway to Heaven,” the most mystical number Led Zeppelin ever cut. “The May Queen” doesn’t sound a thing like “Stairway to Heaven,” which is deliberate. As Plant murmurs about “the dimming of his light,” the churning folk-rock — a rootless, restless gypsy hybrid of American, English, and Middle East traditions — comes to crest upon a violin line that appears to quote “Prodigal Son,” a gospel blues attributed to Robert Wilkins. It’s hard not to read this as a sly wink to the audience, a suggestion that Plant, after years of rambling, has returned to where he belongs. Such suspicions are underscored by the fact that Carry Fire is Plant’s first album in over a decade where he’s retained the same supporting crew, recording once again with the Sensational Space Shifters, the same outfit who backed him on lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar.  ….. Carry Fire also doesn’t concede to how Plant once wielded tradition as a bludgeon, since every moment of the album is underplayed. Subtlety, once a word never associated with Plant, is now his greatest strength, and Carry Fire carries a real, substantial difference from lullaby, which gained power from its moodiness. Here, Plant doesn’t seem quite so melancholy. The very richness of the music bears the weight of a long, unpredictable life, but the album’s tenor — not to mention the songs themselves — suggests a boundless possibility, and that’s why Carry Fire is an album of hope: Plant wears his years proudly, yet he’s not concerned with any moment other than the present.


Robert Plant – Carry Fire Tracklist

01 The May Queen 00:00
02 New World… 04:14
03 Season’s Song 07:43
04 Dance With You Tonight 12:02
05 Carving Up The World Again… a wall and not a fence 16:50
06 A Way With Words 20:45
07 Carry Fire 26:05
08 Bones Of Saints 31:30
09 Keep It Hid 35:17
10 Bluebirds Over The Mountain 39:25
11 Heaven Sent 44:24

Robert Plant - Carry Fire

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