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Robert Plant aims for nuance in album 'lullaby and … The Ceaseless Roar'
Robert Plant aims for nuance in album 'lullaby and … The Ceaseless Roar'

As much as anyone, Robert Plant deserves credit — or blame — for bringing the adjective "histrionic" into the vocabulary about rock music. As the frontman for Led Zeppelin, Plant used his pliant voice to create a signature vocal style, hitting melodic heights that defied gender while exploring expansive and exotic themes as part of the group's mythologically based, sensually infused musical journeys. If Helen of Troy's face launched a thousand ships, Plant's work on "Immigrant Song," "Whole Lotta Love" and, inevitably, "Stairway to Heaven" surely launched 10,000 hard rock and heavy metal singers, the vast majority of whom...

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