Strange, in this time or horrible popular music, I keep going back to the old classics, most classic amongst them, Led Zeppelin. You'll never find a better band or better music. Zeppelin is a band that will be remembered forver, at the top of their game like the Beatles and The Who. Remaking them? Sacreligious. Unless done properly...
And that's where we get Encomuim. Not bands remaking songs for lack of their own talent, but a tribute album. Consequently, each band puts their own spin in the great music of the boys. Although I'd rather listen to Led Zeppelin than the Rollins Band, at least I don't have to listen to them doing their own songs.
Certain performers, even in cover, stand above the rest. Sheryl Crow does a heartfelt performance of D'yer Mak'er and Blind Melon, though a little Blind Melon-y, do a pretty good job of Out on the Tiles. Stone Temple Pilots bring a new life to Dancing Days, and I might, blasphemy, I know, even like to listen to their version more. And of Course Plant returns with Tori Amos, a great combo.
So Encomium is not Led Zeppelin. Sorry to all you purists, but it is a damn fine album. If Page and Plant and Jones and Bonham can't com back and make new music, I'll take other people, with a dose of respect, doing it for them.