In Through the Out Door
With Jimmy Page’s heroin addiction and John Bonham’s alcoholism becoming serious, In Through the Out Door was largely a collaboration between Robert Plant and John Paul Jones, and it’s largely centered around Jones’ new synthesiser. The only strong song that sounds anything like vintage Led Zeppelin is the excellent, riff-heavy opener ‘In The Evening’. ‘Fool In The Rain’ and ‘All Of My Love’ are more overtly poppy than anything else in Led Zeppelin’s oeuvre, although they’re certainly interesting enough – the former driven by Bonham’s shuffle, and the latter a heartfelt tribute to Plant’s recently deceased son.
Most extreme of all are the 10 minutes of ‘Carouselambra’, based around a synthesiser riff, and almost veering into disco territory at the end. The rest of the album is largely blues based – it’s slightly new territory for the band given it’s largely keyboard based, but there’s nothing that’s very enticing and Plant’s Elvis impersonation on ‘Hot Dog’ is irritating. It’s not a terrible swansong for the band, but it would take a strong contrarian to argue that In Through the Out Door is one of the group’s better albums.
Apparently the title refers to reestablishing Led Zeppelin’s career after three years without an album.