Juck’s Thoughts on the World Is Not Enough

The world is not enough. It is nahht. Oh hi Mark. – Tommy Wiseau.

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It is no secret that Christopher Nolan is a huge Bond fan by his own admission. With that in mind, I can’t help but wonder if Cobb’s rappel scene from Nolan’s very own Inception was inspired by this movie. A more eerie similarity between this particular Bond film and another one of Nolan’s pictures, The Dark Knight, is between two lines of dialogue. In the World Is Not Enough, a character says, “She could be everywhere” in reference to M’s potential death by bomb. Of course, if the bomb were to have gone off, M’s remains would certainly be “everywhere.” In the Dark Knight, when Batman is interrogating the Joker as to the whereabouts of Harvey Dent, the Joker responds, “Depending on the time, he may in one spot, or several.” Interesting, how the lines of dialogue are so similar under like circumstances.

On the other side of things, this Bond film nods to an older era of Bond and refers to Live and Let Die by flipping a speedboat. Thankfully, because the universe was kind on a particular day in the editing room, there was no slide whistle sound effect include this time around!

The World Is Not Enough features another strong Q scene, one that undoubtedly served as an appropriate sendoff for Desmond Llewelyn, who died shortly after the film’s release. The scene is touching, and it marks the end of a truly spectacular Q. Brosnan brought out the best in Llewelyn, as is palpable on screen. Or perhaps it was Llewelyn who brought out the best in Brosnan. However the chemistry was conjured, the two have the greatest scenes of any Bond-Q pair to date.

I have finally determined that Brosnan handles a gun significantly better than he handles hand-to-hand combat. The manner in which he handles firearms exudes confidence and power, which is fitting, given that this Bond has proven to be more fond of including (and more apt to have) technology in his arsenal.

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I enjoyed seeing Robbie Coltrane’s Zukovsky appear once again, with his first appearance being in GoldenEye. Continuity is a rare element in Bond films, and seeing a recurring supporting character who isn’t from MI6 a pleasant treat.

Though The World Is Not Enough moves along Bond’s evolution quite nicely, the film lost much of its charm and shine as it went on, suffering from a problem possessed by a host of older Bond films. That is, the second half of the film lags. This is a decent Bond film, but it is not a standout for me.

~Juck

Led Zeppelin Album Review: Led Zeppelin (1969)

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Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Led Zeppelin, debut album from Led Zeppelin.

In green is my opinion. I am familiar with some of Led Zeppelin’s music and would like to delve deeper into their discography, as I enjoy most everything that I have heard from them.

In blue is my cousin Robert’s opinion. He was named after Robert Plant. It’s safe to say that he is a Zep expert. He grew up listening to the band and collects their music. Led Zeppelin is his favorite band.

Here we go!

Good Times Bad Times

Good Times Bad Times is a rocking song. Despite its short length, the track is a full package. John Bonham establishes a fast pace with his wired drumming and Robert Plant adds edge to the track with his crisp voice. Jimmy Page’s iconic guitar riff is commendable, but it is his speedy guitar solo that stands out in the grand scheme of this compact song. Good Times Bad Times is excellent, and considering the fact that it is the first song on the record is a great indication that there is more talent to be heard.

Good Times Bad Times lets you know right away what Led Zeppelin is all about! It features killer guitar work from the legendary Jimmy Page, pounding drums from John Bonham, smooth bass from John Paul Jones, and characteristic vocals from Robert Plant. Good Times Bad Times is a short yet rocking song that starts off the album on a great note.

Babe I’m Gonna Leave You

The acoustics in this track are intricate and thought-provoking, complementing the reflective nature of the lyrics incredibly well. Robert Plant’s scream right before the two-minute mark is astounding, sending the song into an intense thrill ride. The way that this song swells to explosions and recedes to calm multiple times makes is a dynamic feat. The explosions retain a Spanish vibe while concurrently hinting at metal, a genre that Led Zeppelin is often credited with pioneering. All the while, this song is primarily acoustic, a quality that adds to its intrigue. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You also teases a bit of psychedelia, making it an ever-interesting song that I dig immensely.

Shockingly, Babe I’m Gonna Leave you is a cover song, though nobody remembers the original because of how awful it sounds in comparison to this version. Right off the bat, the acoustic guitar lets you know how depressing this song is. Almost two minutes into the track, we get one of Plant’s most iconic screams that make your ears feel as if they are going to bleed! The drums and guitar flow nicely with the acoustics, and Plant’s high octave vocals lead you to think that he must have been really upset with this breakup. I love this song because of Plant’s vocals and how they can sound so peaceful yet so destructive at the same time. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You is a beautiful breakup song that will leave you in awe.

You Shook Me

You Shook Me is a head-bobbing, slow-blues track that packs a punch. Plant starts off the track singing with Page’s guitar, creating a smooth dynamic that suits the bluesy vibe. The bass and drums keep the train moving slowly, allowing the guitar and vocals to permeate. Both the organ and the harmonica are gracious homages to the genre of blues that are executed with precision. Page’s skewed-sounding guitar solo is an absolute joy due to its inclusion among a blues mold. Plant drives the song home powerfully. You Shook Me is an innovative piece of music that is truly remarkable.

Feeling the blues? That is what You Shook Me is all about! I love me some blues, and Led Zeppelin is definitely no stranger to the genre. Those continuous guitar and bass riffs thrown in with some Page magic is pure genius. We get some nice keyboard action in the song as well. The drums may be simple, but the vocals are jam packed with energy! The harmonica solo, which is followed by a wicked guitar solo, gives off a Western-blues feel. Plant’s screaming at the end of the song is unforgettable and has an early heavy metal sound. You Shook Me is just some damn good blues!

Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused begins with sleuthing bass and proceeds to accelerate into a blues-rock jam. Plant flaunts his insane vocal talent, angrily biting and growling the lyrics. The guitar is on fire throughout the entire song. When Plant begins to sing with the guitar, the track enters trippy territory that is accented by Bonham’s calculated drumming. After that spacey section, Page takes the wheel with a solo that can be used to define classic rock in its sound and style. Dazed and Confused is a Zep giant, and rightfully so, as it is masterfully executed and high in passion.

Oh man, where do I begin with one of the greatest Led Zeppelin songs of all time? The bass is killer, Plant’s vocals are energetic as ever, the pounding drums are crazy, and the guitar riff is unforgettable. Before arriving at his solo, Page shows off a bazaar technique in which he plays his guitar with a violin bow. That is freaking awesome. Page’s solo is heavy, loud, and obnoxious in the best way possible. If you hate it then you hate music. This song is my favorite off of this album, and it is my third favorite song by the band. Dazed and Confused is simply a masterpiece.

Your Time Is Gonna Come

Old school. Your Time Is Gonna Come is a road-tripping song twinged with a gospel chorus. Plant’s lyrics, paired with raw acoustics and bright organ, communicate an uplifting message. The band is more reserved on this track than on others from the record, but it’s a fine tune nonetheless. Your Time Is Gonna Come is easy to swallow and easy to enjoy.

On this track, John Paul Jones shows off how creative he is by manning an organ and putting it to good use. The organ is what really makes this song great. This track contains some easy acoustics that are similar to those included in Babe I’m Gonna Leave You. If for some reason you don’t like the heavy sounds Zeppelin has, then this song is for you. Plant’s calming vocals are paired with easy, western-sounding guitar. The song also has a gospel vibe to it. Your Time Is Gonna Come is the oddball of the album.

Black Mountain Side

Black Mountain Side is a short song in which Jimmy Page plays some acoustic guitar while a hand-drum beats in the background. Together, the two instruments mesh to create an Indian sound. While the song is certainly fine, it doesn’t offer anything extraordinary. I would imagine that Page expands on this piece in the live show, but on the record, Black Mountain Side is simply flat.

Black Mountain Side is just a nice acoustic song. Page shows off how he has mastered the acoustic guitar by producing something relaxing. I would love for other artists who primarily play acoustic guitar (like Dave Matthews) to give this number a try!

Communication Breakdown

Communication Breakdown features some remarkable vocals from Robert Plant, but the song is quite repetitive. Regardless of how revolutionary the guitar riff may have been at the time of this record’s release, I’m not blown away. The lyrics and the instrumentation don’t impress me a whole lot. Perhaps this track was meant to be a fun quickie, but in that, it’s lacking in substance.

We go from a calming acoustic song to a heavy-hitting heavy metal song. The band does not hold back with Communication Breakdown. They just throw the heavy sound in your face. I never knew that someone could just belt out vocals like that! This song also reminds me of punk rock, a genre that was unheard of at the time of this record’s release. Communication Breakdown is an interesting track that shows what Zeppelin is capable of.

I Can’t Quit You Baby

I Can’t Quit You Baby takes us back to blues! On this track, Bonham’s drumming is crisp, Page’s guitar-work is smooth, and Plant flaunts his vocals. Jimmy Page dominates the scene with his guitar solo, though Bonham’s drumming is notable throughout Page’s stand. I Can’t Quit You Baby is wide open, ripe for jamming. The band does a great job with I Can’t Quit You Baby on the record, but I would bet that it’s an even greater feat live.

Zeppelin clearly means business with I Can’t Quit You Baby. The guitar once again has that blues vibe. That’s what the first Zeppelin album is all about! Page once again steals the show with his mastery of the guitar. I love this song because of how Page just goes all out and does not give a crap!

How Many More Times

My initial thought upon hearing this track was: ‘Money by Pink Floyd?’ I wonder if Jones had a hand in inspiring the famous Floyd bass-line. Anyway, this track is rocking. It goes from straight rock to ambient territory to a funky jam and back to rock. It incorporates elements from across the album, tying together Led Zeppelin I into a tight, impressive package. How Many More Times is a fantastic track that closes this album properly. That is, with a bang.

Three words: whole lotta bass! I love that bass-line we get in the intro. Page syncs with the bass perfectly with his unforgettable riff. The drums tie in well and Plant’s vocals are great as ever. I just love how everyone in the band is in perfect synchronization on this track. They produce something that you would never think would come out of a band from the late 60s. This is why Zeppelin is the greatest band ever. They are just so creative with everything they do! Bonham’s pounding drums, Page with the flawless guitar magic, Jones with the sick bass, and Plant once again taking us away with his vocals! Everything that is Led Zeppelin is in this song, yet many people overlook it. I do not know why they do, because this song just kicks butt. Yes, it is long, but the 8 minutes is totally worth the listen. How Many More Times is a great way to end one of the greatest debut albums of all time, and probably one of the most important blues rock albums of all time. As always, thank you all for reading yet another review. Rock on, viewers, and let Zeppelin take over your mind! Take it away, Plant!

My Top 3

Babe I’m Gonna Leave You

You Shook Me

Dazed and Confused

Rob’s Top 3

Dazed and Confused

Babe I’m Gonna Leave You

You Shook Me

Led Zeppelin I is an incredible album. Robert’s the Zep expert, so I won’t harp on about the band’s influence on the face of music today, but it is important to note how large of an impact this album had. The rock-blues record is one of intensity. Zep set a high bar for themselves with their debut album, as it included both grand giants and subtle treats. The variety on this record is what makes it such a pleasure to listen to. Rock, blues, gospel, folk, funk, and sounds that had yet to be defined in 1969 are mixed together in this one album. Led Zeppelin I is a Filet. Throw this CD into your music collection. It’ll shake you.

~Juck