"The Principle of Moments" (Es Paranza; 1983)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Robert Plant really needs no introduction. This is his second solo effort; “Big Log” was the hit that featured a video that MTV gladly played to appeal to the older crowd. Plant always said he didn’t want to be a rock star again. This disc allows him to vocally drift wherever he wants. He doesn’t have to be anything but abstract.

Plant employs a host of musicians here; the most recognizable is Phil Collins on drums. The songs here are really different than Zeppelin. Here, Plant portrays a sophisticated and mellow manner. He still has the confidence to venture out and explore new avenues. I wonder if he would have ever put out a solo effort if he wasn’t forced.

The music has a mid-eastern feel. The guitar skims along the surface and never really climbs up and tries to compare to anyone in particular, but you know who it sounds like. Sometimes a jazz tone is heard. “Wreckless Love” has a cool watery solo and Plant shines vocally on this cut. There is still a rock appeal that Plant allows to come forth, he just reins it in to his corral.

The best tracks are “Other Arms,” “In The Mood,” “Horizontal Departure,” and “Big Log.”

Performing on "The Principle of Moments" are: Robert Plant – vocals; Robbie Blunt – guitars; Jezz Woodroffe – keyboards; Paul Martinez – bass; Phil Collins and Barriemore Barlow – drums. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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