Robert Plant – Pictures At Eleven (1982) – Lp
Artist: Robert Plant
Title: Pictures At Eleven
Label: Swan Song Records
Catalog# SS 59418
Pictures at Eleven is the debut solo album by former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, released in 1982. For his debut solo album, Robert Plant doesn’t exactly succumb to everyone’s expectations. With a less-potent vocal style, Plant manages to carry out most of the songs in smooth, stylish fashion while rocking out rather convincingly on a couple of others. He gets some pretty good help from guitarist Robbie Blunt, who truly comes to life on “Worse Than Detroit,” and both Phil Collins and Cozy Powell give Plant enough of a solid background to lean his sultry yet surging rock voice against. Plant channels his energy quite effectively through songs like “Pledge Pin” and “Moonlight in Samosa,” while the single “Burning Down One Side” is a creditable one, even though it failed to crack the Top 50 in both the U.K. and the U.S. The most apparent characteristic about the album’s eight tracks is the fact that Plant is able to escape most of his past and still sound motivated. Without depending too much on his Led Zeppelin days, he courses a new direction without changing or disguising his distinct vocal style whatsoever. Pictures at Eleven peaked within the Top Five on both sides of the Atlantic, successfully launching Plant‘s solo career.
All songs written by Robert Plant and Robbie Blunt, except “Burning Down One Side,” “Fat Lip,” and “Far Post” written by Plant, Blunt and Jezz Woodroffe.
1. Burning Down One Side (3:53)
2. Moonlight In Samosa (3:57)
3. Pledge Pin (4:00)
4. Slow Dancer (7:41)
1. Worse Than Detroit (5:54)
2. Fat Lip (5:03)
3. Like I’ve Never Been Gone (5:45)
4. Mystery Title (5:16)