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The Principle of Moments
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Once again, Robert Plant doesn't stray too far from the sound of Led Zeppelin's In Through The Out Door. And why should he? The Principle of Moments is an excellent album, no apology necessary. If Thru with the Two Step sounds like All of My Love, or Wreckless Love like In The Evening and Carouselambra, more power to Plant. While Principle didn't chart as high as Pictures At Eleven, its singles fared better. The beautiful Big Log and In The Mood both landed in the US Top 40 and will surely be present when Plant's best songs are assembled for some faraway compilation. What's always impressed me about Robert Plant's solo career is his willingness to keep pushing himself as an artist. He could get by simply by singing, as Bryan Ferry and Roger Daltrey have done, but Plant instead continues to grow on his own, fertilized (if you will) by the creative chemistry cultivated in an actual band. Whether or not the band actively sought to hone a single aspect of In Through The Out Door (its wistfulness) down to an art form, that's what happens here. The Principle of Moments might well have been calibrated to All Of My Love, but I can think of few better templates for a post-Zeppelin Plant. Understated arrangements are important for a singer of this calibre; we need to be able to hear every nuance, the sad and the seductive, the wise and the weary. I've never given the idea of a "best" Plant album much thought, since they're all good for their own reasons, but I might well give The Principle of Moments the honor. It may have plenty of sleepy moments, but never a dull one.

From: Connolly & Company
Statistics

Released:
Jul. 11, 1983 (US)
Jul. 11, 1983 (UK)
Apr. 3, 2007 (Remastered)

Chart Position:
#8 (US) #7 (UK)

Certified:
Gold: Oct. 17, 1983
Platinum:Jan. 12, 1984

Tracks

1. Other Arms
2. In the Mood
3. Messin' with the Mekon
4. Wreckless Love
5. Thru' with the Two Step
6. Horizontal Departure
7. Stranger Here... Than Over There
8. Big Log


2007 REMASTER BONUS TRACKS
9. In the Mood (Live)
10. Thru' with the Two Step (Live)
11. Lively Up Yourself (Live)
12. Turnaround (Live)
Quick Fact

The music video for Big Log was shot at the following locations: Crystal Road, Crystal, Nevada (gas station sequences), the Amargosa Opera House, Death Valley Junction, California (driving and "feather" sequence), Calico School House (Calico Ghost Town) Yermo, California (schoolhouse sequence), Glass Pool Inn, Las Vegas, Nevada (pool sequence). The bar sequence is believed to have been shot at a small bar in Shoshone, California (now the Crowbar Cafe & Saloon), though this is unconfirmed.

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