Acclaimed Albums – Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin

List item: Listen to the 250 greatest albums
Progress: 212/250Title: Physical Graffiti
Artist: Led Zeppelin
Year: 1975
Position: #116

Over four years have passed since I last listened to Led Zeppelin for the purposes of the album list. Previously, I remarked that in Led Zeppelin II I found an album of theirs that I enjoyed, but that was not the case with the later Led Zeppelin IV. Continuing on with that pattern, I just didn’t get on with Physical Graffiti.

Reading around, I see that many have complimented this on being their creative peak – which it would need to be since this is a double album that goes on for nearly 90 minutes. It’s also an interesting way of phrasing the compliment seeing how a number of tracks are from the sessions of other albums – but that happens when a track doesn’t quite fit the tone of that particular album.

In the end though, I think I just need to accept that the music of Led Zeppelin is not for me. There are some songs that, in the past, I have enjoyed, but never a whole album. Not really. In the end, my thoughts on their albums have always been kinda relative. Thing is, this style of harder and progressive rock of the 1970s is not my thing and that’s okay. It isn’t exactly my thing nowadays unless there are some post-punk influences.

With a band like Led Zeppelin though, there is almost this feeling of guilt for being able to see why here so high on this list. I’ve never felt that way with the Beatles, maybe because I always saw them as being hyped into oblivion and it’s okay to go against that. In the end though, taste is taste and the reason for doing a list like this is to see where taste can expand further, just happens that it won’t be in theirdirection.

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