Pre-Order Robert Plant’s New Album
Robert Plant’s new album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, will be released September 9 on Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Plant, the album is his label debut and features 11 new recordings, nine of which are original songs written by Plant with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters.
"It’s really a celebratory record," says Plant, "powerful, gritty, African, Trance meets Zep."
Pre-order now at robertplant.com for a limited-edition print and an instant download of an album track.
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Robert Plant’s label debut, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar was produced by Plant and features 11 new recordings, nine of which are original songs he wrote with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters. "It’s really a celebratory record," says Plant, "powerful, gritty, African, Trance meets Zep." Pre-orders include a limited-edition print and an instant download of an album track.
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