SONG REVIEW A stairway to heaven? By Samin Sakib

If you’re between seventeen and fifty and ‘Stairway to Heaven’ fails to take a place in your favourite song playlist, then I’d recommend you to have a major look at your music taste. Almost everyone has heard of the band Led Zeppelin. Probably, for this song. This is because Led Zeppelin are one of the most influential, ground-breaking, and iconic musical ensembles of modern times, and have had a lasting impact on the development of Rock music.

Long-haired British rock guitarist Jimmy Page performing with Led Zeppelin, 1982. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)

Long-haired British rock guitarist Jimmy Page performing with Led Zeppelin, 1982. (Photo by Terry O’Neill/Getty Images)

This track, Stairway to Heaven is the cornerstone of the album Led Zeppelin IV which was released back in the late 1971. The song has almost every element for any piece of art for any song to become popular — depth, mysticism, controversy and variegated interpretations. The attribute that makes this song iconic is the apparent gradual increase in the tempo of the song as it progresses. This particular feature is there in the legendary solo. The track has three sections, each one progressively increasing in tempo and volume than the last one. The song begins in a slow tempo with acoustic instruments but gingerly raises its tempo from a classic rock style and gradually moves into a progressive electric middle section. Then, the guitar solo enters into the song dramatically allowing a glimpse of pure heaven. James Patrick Page worked his fingers beautifully over the guitar fretboard to produce one of the greatest guitar solos of all time. Just listening to it, gives absolute goose bumps! The final section is an up-tempo hard rock arrangement highlighted by Page’s intricate guitar works accompanying Plant’s vocals that ends with the plaintive a cappella line: ‘And she’s buying a stairway to heaven’. These intricate details of the song are what make the entire composition sound so orgasmic. Yes, you heard me right. The reaching of a crescendo before breaking into a climax is what makes the song so ‘pleasurable’. Moreover, Jimmy Page’s guitar solo in this 1971 track has been voted as the greatest ever justifiably by Classic Rock magazine which. Along with the amazing instrumental work, Robert Plant does pure justice to the song with his vocals. Though a bit strained, but the composed vocals that he uses gave the song its true intensity.

In a nutshell, this is a song where everything was just right. The complete music starts from soothing to filling every gap in your senses. It was just Led Zeppelin’s standard.

 

 

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