Album: Robert Plant, Band of Joy (Decca)

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How do you follow the multi-platinum selling, Grammy award-winning Raising Sand?

Former Zepper Plant has chosen to sidestep the issue by releasing an album that feels rather like a stopgap for fans while the wider world awaits his next collaboration with Alison Krauss. It's servicable stuff – and with the lovely Patty Griffin on female vocals, Ms Krauss is hardly missed.

What is lacking, though, is the production fairy dust of T Bone Burnett, and no amount of reverb on Buddy Miller's guitar can cover up that fact.