I quite like the opening to Led Zeppelin’s eponymous debut album. Good Times Bad Times is a confident song, with its punchy guitar and self-assured vocals; the lyrics don’t make any sense, but it has a certain charm. Unfortunately this is the peak of the album, and from here on in the music plods along, dragging its heavy feet as it goes. No less than three tracks are dragged out for a whole six and a half minutes, and their endless repetition and uninspired improvisation sounds more than a little Dazed and Confused. You Shook Me is a great example of this, with a leaden blues beat that just won’t stop.
For a moment, the instrumental Black Mountain Side provides some respite from the monotony, but before long it becomes apparent that this is a whole track made from about 30 seconds worth of material. Communication Breakdown fares better, with a return to the brash sound of the opening track, and it is these shorter songs that redeem the record a little. This album is alright as background music; it has a few nice moments, but there is not much reward to be had from listening to it in any detail.