lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar

lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar

by Robert Plant


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Returning to his native England after an extended sojourn in America, Robert Plant heavily reconnects with his homeland's mysticism on 2014's lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar. Despite the shift in geography, the singer is picking up a thread he left hanging with 2010's Band of Joy. On that album, Plant blurred boundaries between several musical styles, playing covers with a group assembled by producer Buddy Miller, but here he shifts that omnivorous aesthetic to a collection of originals performed with his ever-changing band the Sensational Space Shifters. Certain flourishes sound familiar -- he remains equally enamored of English and Moroccan folk while retaining an enduring obsession with American blues and psychedelia -- but the feel is different, not as robust as Band of Joy or warmly joyous as Raising Sand. The Ceaseless Roar may not get loud -- usually, when it rocks it sounds like a kissing cousin to a folk rave-up; sometimes, as on "Somebody There," it's chiming, crystalline, and bright like the Byrds -- but it is intensely meditative, finding sustenance within mystery. Plant is reflecting on where he's been -- singing "And if the sun refuses to shine" on "Pocketful of Golden," he tips a hat to his Zeppelin past; elsewhere he speaks of getting lost in America -- yet gingerly avoiding questions of mortality and resisting the allure of easy sentimentality. It's possible to hear the weight of his years on lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar -- it is, in the best sense, mature music, dense in its rhythms and allusions, subtle in its melodies -- but he never feels weary, nor does he traffic in false nostalgia. He's building upon the past, both his own and the larger traditions of his homeland, both spiritual and actual, and that gives lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar a bewitching depth. It's an album to get lost in.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2014
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597954210
catalogNumber: 543973
Rank: 5734

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robert Plant   Primary Artist
Juldeh Camara   Lute,Vocals,2-String Fiddle
Liam Tyson   Banjo,Guitar,Background Vocals
Justin Adams   Guitar,Background Vocals,Djembe,Bendir,Tehardent
Julie Murphy   Vocals
Dave Smith   Drums
Nicola Powell   Background Vocals
Billy Fuller   Bass,Omnichord,Upright Bass
John Baggott   Piano,Keyboards,Tabla,Background Vocals,Loops,Moog Bass

Technical Credits

Robert Plant   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Juldeh Camara   Composer
Tim Holmes   Engineer
Tim Oliver   Engineer
Dan Winters   Illustrations
Liam Tyson   Arranger,Composer
Brett Kilroe   Art Direction
York Tillyer   Band Photo
Traditional   Composer
Justin Adams   Arranger,Composer
Dave Smith   Arranger,Composer
Billy Fuller   Arranger,Composer,drum programming
Geoffrey Hanson   Art Direction
John Baggott   Arranger,Composer

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Lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant! Give it a hardy listen and absorb the layers of creative international sound textures! The talent in this band is overwhelming and all deserve recognition for this achievement. A favorite song with Celtic flair... "Embrace another fall, my year is worn and cold, to you I bare my soul, my summer's almost gone." Enjoy!