Style: Mysterious excursions into folk/Americana; compare to Raising Sand, Patty Griffin
Top tracks: "Monkey," "Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down," "Angel Dance"
C.S. Lewis famously described Christianity as a "myth turned true." It's no wonder that Robert Plant finds himself drawn to it; his Led Zeppelin lyrics reference everything from Norse lore to the works of Tolkien, and myth has been dear to his heart ever since. His latest—produced by Buddy Miller, with Patty Griffin as his harmony partner—turns to the myths of the American West, including songs in which Christ and Satan circle each other like gunslingers in a cosmic showdown. A couple covers of Low songs mix romantic and religious language into existential epics, while "Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down" and "Even This Shall Pass Away" are more traditionally gospel-oriented.
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