Picks and Pans Review: The Principle of Moments

updated 09/19/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/19/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Robert Plant

Now 35, the electric Plant hasn't let the grounding of Led Zeppelin diminish his power or output. This is his second solo disc, and he is embarking on his first tour with a fresh ensemble of musicians. The eight songs here are more ethereal than physical graffiti. His In the Mood—not the boogie-woogie tune—in particular shows that Plant has more use for aural space on his own. With Zeppelin there was barely vocal room between the rumbling drums and Page's flashy guitar. Plant has also broadened his vocal repertoire to include more than urgent rock and creates some musical discipline with Principles. But for Zep fans he proffers Wreckless Love in the tradition of Whole Lotta Love.

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