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Manic Nirvana
Robert Plant
Manic Nirvana
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
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A majestic hard rock masterpiece, 1990's MANIC NIRVANA hit #13 and drew universal acclaim. Features the standouts "Big Love," "Hurting Kind," and "Tie Dye On The Highway." Plus, three bonus cuts from a rare Es Paranza s...  more »


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All Artists: Robert Plant
Title: Manic Nirvana
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Original Release Date: 1/1/1990
Re-Release Date: 3/20/2007
Album Type: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Style: Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: Manic Nirvana
UPC: 081227416324


Album Description
A majestic hard rock masterpiece, 1990's MANIC NIRVANA hit #13 and drew universal acclaim. Features the standouts "Big Love," "Hurting Kind," and "Tie Dye On The Highway." Plus, three bonus cuts from a rare Es Paranza single including "Oompa (Watery Bint)," "One Love," and "Don't Look Back."

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Rock On! Turn It Up! Turn It Up!
Robert E Jones | Seattle, WA USA | 01/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What a gem. This may be Robert Plant's Rock swansong, but it's a straightforward, no-holds-barred, hard-hitting, solid bang. This is the kind of music one listens to, on the freeway, while driving well beyond the posted speed limit. Most of the songs encourage the listener to turn the music up to levels which, if sustained, would endanger the ears. The pounding, jagged-edged music takes the listener to extreme places indeed.

On closer examination, the ballad "I Cried" is smooth and introspective, worthy of heritage songs Ship Of Fools and Morning Dew. Unlike those two hallmarks, this track contains the dark, rough, rocky undercurrent which permeates the rest of the album. Even this slow, sad ballad is homogenic with the remaining tracks--not a departure from them. Rock, from a true veteran, binds it all together.

After decades of successful performance, the master's voice is craggy and imperfect. Great! If it were mellow and flawless, it just wouldn't ring true.

Part of the thrill of listening to Robert Plant, is hearing his voice venture into the upper registers: He has always sounded dangerous and uncontrolled within higher tones. This album, though, is remarkable for the song "Nirvana": When the artist wails the higher notes on this particular track, he sounds positively unhinged.

Worth every penny, this CD will not disappoint you. After reading the reviews, I almost didn't get it. What a tragic mistake that would have been! I dare you: Just TRY to hold your body still, while listening to these phenomenal tunes.
Robert planted his sound firmly on 90's rock scene with this
Eddie Lancekick | Pacific Northwest | 02/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"1990 was a time that was just before the grunge era and at the same time starting to come to a close by the overly saturated market of dozens of Van Halen, Motley Crue, and Def Leopard copy cats that were riding the coattails.

First off, you have one of the most recognized voices of rock and roll for all time...Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant. This thing booms and howls much more than the pop enebriation we had with some of his earlier solo efforts like 1985's "Shaken 'N' Stirred". Sharp, crisp, and energetic with smooth rythyms and toe tapping beats, "Manic Nirvana" helped itself by standing out from the other records of it's era and helped Plant be able to muscially explore his imagination while at the same time...not forgetting where he came from.

What rock gems we have to treasure on this..."Hurting Kind (I've got my eyes on you) is a staple of FM rock radio today and for good simply ROCKS! "Big Love" is a track that has booming drums and a great beat, coupled with Plant's signature vocals. The background vocals are superb on the entire album, and really shine on this particuluar track. S S S & Q is a fun song that drops into a great melody of guitars, truly a magical track.

Want some slow, darker tunes? Look no more than the tracks "I cried" and "Anniversary". These tunes have some synth to them and as I said before, have some hauntingly powerful mood's evoked in them. With a mixture of high strung rock and low, brooding soft songs, Manic Nirvana delivers us a diverse yet strongly connected album from one of Rock and Roll's most amazing singers."
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It's hard to rate Robert Plant's albums generally. After a period of trial and error and experimentation - Plant generally settled into a more mainstream groove by this album, continuing his success from Now & Zen. His partnership with Phil Johnstone showcases a snazzier cooler Plant sound, making Manic Nirvana among his best produced albums. The standout tracks are Tie Die on the Highway; Anniversary; Ma Said You Cried in Your Sleep Last Night; Liars Dance and the majestic Watching You. All the classic Zep overtures are embedded in these tracks, and they are refreshing to hear.The album's first few tracks are more along standard monster rock riffs and the late 80s kinda stuff. They're well done but not particularly expressive.The album is worth getting for the last few tracks - otherwise wait for Plant's retrospective...In perspective - it's a real shame that Plant didn't get stick with the same band longer - I think more could have been achieved."