Robert Plant

Born 20 August 1948.
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Robert Plant in session for Lauren Laverne

Robert Plant joins Lauren for a live session from Maida Vale.

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Robert Anthony Plant, CBE (born 20 August 1948) is an English musician, singer and songwriter. Best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin, he has also had a successful solo career spanning more than 40 years and possessing a powerful wide vocal range (particularly using his trademark high-pitched vocals). Plant is regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock and roll, and has influenced contemporaries and later singers such as Freddie Mercury, Axl Rose and Chris Cornell. In 2006, heavy metal magazine Hit Parader named Plant the "Greatest Metal Vocalist of All Time". In 2009, Plant was voted "the greatest voice in rock" in a poll conducted by Planet Rock. In 2008, Rolling Stone editors ranked him number 15 on their list of the 100 greatest singers of all time. In 2011, readers of Rolling Stone placed Plant in first place of the magazine's list of the best lead singers of all time.

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  1. Review of Band of Joy

    Band of Joy 2010

    Reviewed by Colin Irwin
    An album of bounding energy and unexpected eclecticism.
  2. Review of Dreamland

    Dreamland 2002

    Reviewed by Barney Hoskyns
    By now, Plant's voice had become an instrument of breathy intimacy.
  3. Review of Now & Zen

    Now & Zen 1988

    Reviewed by Barney Hoskyns
    His most slickly produced 1980s album.
  4. Review of The Principle of Moments

    The Principle of Moments 1983

    Reviewed by Barney Hoskyns
    Plant’s second solo LP spawned the hit Big Log.
  5. Review of Pictures at Eleven

    Pictures at Eleven 1982

    Reviewed by Barney Hoskyns
    Stands up well as a statement of solo independence and intent.
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