Robert Plant reevaluates his British roots on Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar.
With the band, the Sensational Shape Shifters, featuring longtime Bristol, England-based electric and upright bassist Billy Fuller, Plant has created music somewhat inspired by the landscape in which he called home during childhood and the beginnings of a long and storied career.
The former Led Zeppelin frontman’s work with the Sensational Shape Shifters has been called some of his most fearless, according to a New York Daily News review of a 2013 performance.
Many of the performers on the record also appeared on Plant’s 2005 Mighty ReArranger, including Fuller and programmer/keyboardist John Baggot, both of whom are credited with helping to create the Bristol sound evidenced in the records of Massive Attack and Portishead. Fuller also works with the latter band’s Geoff Barrow in the group, Beak.
The adventuresome-yet-reflective spirit of the group and the album can be experienced in this short film about the record’s development:
Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar Track List:
- Little Maggie
- Pocketful of Golden
- Embrace Another Fall
- Turn It Up
- A Stolen Kiss
- Somebody There
- Poor Howard
- House of Love
- Up on the Hollow Hill (Understanding Arthur)
- Arbaden (Maggie’s Babby)