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The Word On... Band of Joy, Robert Plant

"Few artists in their early 60s have ever sounded so hungry, so engaged, so enthused by music, and while the jury may still be out on whether 'Band Of Joy' is a better album than 'Raising Sand', it is certainly no less of a triumph." musicradar.com

"Produced with formidable intensity and an impressive sonic feel by Nashville-based country stalwart Buddy Miller, it offers yet another indication of Plant's commendably enduring desire to keep moving." bbc.co.uk/music

"The closer, 'Even This Shall Pass Away', drops the curtain with a raw combination of pounding, funky drums and squalling electric guitar. The whole thing is joyously muddy, but when the instruments drop out to let Plant wail the refrain alone, the effect can only be described as mystical." musicomh.com