Mighty ReArranger

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Mighty ReArranger
A multimedia picture of a court jester surrounded by masks
Studio album by Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation
Released 25 April 2005 (2005-04-25)
Recorded 2004 at various studios in England and Wales
Genre Progressive rock, hard rock, worldbeat
Length 54:14
Language English
Label Sanctuary, Es Paranza
Producer Phil Johnstone, Robert Plant, and Mark Stent
Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation chronology
Sixty Six to Timbuktu
(2003)
Mighty Rearranger
(2005)
Nine Lives
(2006)
Singles from Mighty ReArranger
  1. "Shine It All Around"
    Released: 2005
  2. "The Enchanter"
    Released: October 2005 (promo)

Mighty ReArranger is English rock singer Robert Plant's eighth solo album and the second with his band "Strange Sensation". It was released internationally on 25 April 2005, on 9 May in the United Kingdom and 10 May in the United States.

It contains a blend of world and Western music influences, with mystical, oblique and somewhat cynical references to religion and destiny.

Themes[edit]

The Mighty ReArranger is a Fate-like entity that controls the affairs of humanity,[1] and the album explores themes of mysticism and fate. "Freedom Fries" is critical of the presidency of George W. Bush and the climate of United States politics after the 11 September 2001 attacks.

Release history[edit]

A Special Tour Edition of the album was released in France containing a bonus live disc with songs recorded at Studio 104 in Paris on 9 June 2005. The album was re-released in a remastered edition on 20 March 2007, and as a part of the Nine Lives boxset. A special edition of the album sold exclusively in Best Buy retailers features a 44-minute interview bonus disc—A Conversation with Robert Plant—with an interview by Nigel Williamson.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]
PopMatters (8/10) [3]

Mighty ReArranger reached #4 on the British charts[4] and 22 on the Billboard 200.[5]

This album was chosen as one of Amazon.com's Top 100 Editor's Picks of 2005, and was nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for "Shine It All Around" and Best Hard Rock Performance for "Tin Pan Valley".[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Another Tribe" – 3:17
  2. "Shine It All Around" – 4:03
  3. "Freedom Fries" – 2:53
  4. "Tin Pan Valley" – 3:47
  5. "All the King's Horses" – 4:20
  6. "The Enchanter" – 5:27
  7. "Takamba" – 4:06
  8. "Dancing in Heaven" – 4:26
  9. "Somebody Knocking" – 3:47
  10. "Let the Four Winds Blow" – 4:52
  11. "Mighty ReArranger" – 4:25
  12. "Brother Ray" – 1:12
"Shine It All Around (Girls Remix)", a hidden track with "Brother Ray" – 7:31
Remastered version bonus tracks
  1. "Red, White and Blue" – 3:11
  2. "All the Money in the World" – 3:12
  3. "Shine It All Around" (Girls Remix) – 7:31
  4. "Tin Pan Valley" (Girls Remix) – 6:21
  5. "The Enchanter" (UNKLE Reconstruction)

In this version, "Brother Ray" is by itself on track 12 and the "Shine It All Around" remix is added as a separate track.

Special Tour Edition bonus disc
  1. "Shine It All Around" – 4:50
  2. "Black Dog" – 5:03
  3. "Freedom Fries" – 5:47
  4. "When the Levee Breaks" – 6:28
  5. "All the King's Horses" – 4:47
  6. "Takamba" – 4:49
  7. "Tin Pan Valley" – 6:28
  8. "Gallows Pole" – 5:39
  9. "The Enchanter" – 7:55
  10. "Mighty ReArranger" – 5:43
  11. "Whole Lotta Love" – 10:31

The band also recorded "Another Tribe", "Morning Dew", and "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You".

Personnel[edit]

Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation
Technical personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Conversation with Robert Plant
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom (2005-05-10). "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  3. ^ Friedman, Lou. "Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation: Mighty Rearranger < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  4. ^ "Robert Plant/Strange Sensation - Mighty Rearranger". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  5. ^ "Allmusic/charts/albums". Allmusic.com. 2005-05-10. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  6. ^ "Rock On The Net/Grammy Awards". Rockonthenet.com. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 

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