Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV (33 1/3)

Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV (33 1/3)

Erik Davis


In this wickedly unique and punctiliously trained homage to at least one of rock music's towering pinnacles, Erik Davis investigates the magic―black or otherwise―that surrounds this album. conscientiously peeling the layers from every one track, Davis unearths their darkish and infrequently mystical roots―and leaves the reader to choose no matter if [FOUR SYMBOLS] is a few kind of occult induction or simply an encouraged, brilliantly performed rock album.

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Stripping Led Zeppelin's well-known identify off the fourth list was once a virtually petulant try to permit their nice paintings symbolically stand by itself ft. however the wordless jacket additionally lent the album air of secrecy. enthusiasts sought for hidden meanings, or, in failing to discover them, sensed a wierd mirrored image in their personal mute refusal to speak with the surface international. This helped to create one of many very best paradoxes of rock heritage: an esoteric megahit, a blockbuster arcanum. Stripped of phrases and numbers, the album not stated whatever yet itself: a concrete talisman that drew you into its global, into the body. the entire stopgap titles we throw on the factor are lame: Led Zeppelin IV, [Untitled], Runes, Zoso, 4 Symbols. In a virtually Lovecraftian experience, the album used to be anonymous, a specific thing from past, charged with manna. And but this uncanny fetish used to be approximately as effortless to shop for as a jockstrap.

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