Robert Plant - Mighty Rearranger

I recently picked up Mighty Rearranger, the new CD by Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation, which is the same band that backed Plant on his 2002 CD Dreamland. After hearing that dull 2002 album of covers, I had nearly written Plant off as a guy who would be better off resting on his Led Zeppelin laurels (and royalties). Fortunately, this new album of all-original material shows that Plant still has more to offer as a recording artist. As Plant has said in interviews, the album is reminiscent of Led Zep's Physical Graffiti. Many of the songs have a "Kashmir"-like mysticism. It also is fused with the type of experimentalism that marked his earlier solo albums. The 56-year-old Plant is now more of a low-key crooner than the heavy metal wailer he once was, but Mighty Rearranger shows that he is still a creative and interesting musician.