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Fate Of Nations
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Another masterfully conceived and executed album from the charismatic spiritualist. Drawing the old bones of Physical Graffiti from the deep sands of time, Robert Plant dances with the ghost of Kashmir on the opening Calling To You and proves he hasn't lost a step since his youth. Old shadows appear throughout, from Great Spirit to 29 Palms, delivered in the rich and saturated sleepy exoticism that has become a Plant hallmark. Though new players are involved (drummer Chris Hughes, guitarist Kevin Scott MacMichael), many of the songs seem to date from the last lineup; thus, Chris Blackwell is credited with cowriting five tracks but only appears on one (Promised Land, which he didn't cowrite). It's a testament to the template that Plant has laid out since his days in Zeppelin, departing little from his original vision and audibly improving on the product with age (similar to Phil Collins, whose ...But Seriously... was equally masterful). Fate Of Nations contained several shoulda-been hits (only 29 Palms charted well), including Calling To You and I Believe. A cover of Tim Hardin's moldy oldie If I Were A Carpenter is less effective; Plant nails it, but who cares? Every time I listen to Fate Of Nations, I'm impressed all over again that Plant has managed to carve out such a fine solo career. Every album he makes is made to be the best, driving himself onward where a weaker man might have retreated to the comfort of the past. My only knock on this effort is the heavy-handed packaging, spewing out environmental factoids that bandy about some pretty big numbers: 40 tons of radioactive waste left on Gulf War battlefields, 67 million tons of oil burned during the same war, etc. Maybe environmental consciousness powers Plant, but he should stick to the one renewable energy source he knows best: himself.

From: Connolly & Company
Statistics

Released:
May 25, 1993 (US)
May 25, 1993 (UK)
Mar. 20, 2007 (Remastered)

Chart Position:
#34 (US) #6 (UK)

Certified:
Gold: Dec. 7, 1993

Tracks

1. Calling To You
2. Down To The Sea
3. Come Into My Life
4. I Believe
5. 29 Palms
6. Memory Song (Hello, Hello)
7. If I Were A Carpenter
8. Colours Of A Shade
9. Promised Land
10. The Greatest Gift
11. Great Spirit
12. Network News

2007 REMASTER BONUS TRACKS
13. Colours of a Shade
14. Great Spirit (acoustic mix)
15. Rollercoaster (demo)
16. 8:05
17. Dark Moon (acoustic)
Quick Fact

The song I Believe is a tribute to his late son, Karac.
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