Band of Joy (album)

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Band of Joy
Band of joy.jpg
Studio album by Robert Plant
Released 13 September 2010 (2010-09-13)[1]
Genre Folk rock, roots rock, country rock, Americana
Length 47:32
Label Decca, Rounder
Producer Robert Plant, Buddy Miller
Robert Plant chronology
Raising Sand (with Alison Krauss)
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Band of Joy
Sensational Space Shifters (Live in London July '12)
(2012)Sensational Space Shifters (Live in London July '12)2012

Band of Joy is English rock singer Robert Plant's ninth solo album and the first with his new band, the Band of Joy.[1][2] It was released on 13 September 2010 in the UK and 14 September in the USA.


In addition to the song "Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down", which is the opening theme for the Starz television series Boss, the credits of BBC 1's Luther for an episode aired on 16 July 2013 and the season two finale of the Syfy series Defiance, the album is particularly notable for the song "Monkey", originally of the band Low, which is slowed-down to a grinding, spooky Gothic Rock tempo and mood that is vastly different from Low's version. It is arguably the least similar to other tracks on the album (except for Satan), which for the most part carry folk rock or progressive rock moods. This version of "Monkey" also may be the first Gothic Rock track Robert Plant has ever recorded, and although it is not a staple at Plant's live performances, there have been instances where he has performed it.[3]

The album debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 chart and at #3 on the UK Albums Chart. The first single released from the album was "Angel Dance".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Angel Dance" David Hidalgo, Louie Perez 3:50
2. "House of Cards" Richard Thompson 3:14
3. "Central Two-O-Nine" Robert Plant, Buddy Miller, Jason Friedman[4] 2:49
4. "Silver Rider" Zachary Micheletti, Mimi Parker, Alan Sparhawk 6:06
5. "You Can't Buy My Love" Billy Babineaux, Bobby Babineaux 3:11
6. "Falling in Love Again" Dillard Crume, Andrew Kelly 3:38
7. "The Only Sound That Matters" Gregory Vanderpool 3:45
8. "Monkey" Micheletti, Parker, Sparhawk 4:58
9. "Cindy, I'll Marry You Someday" Traditional, arranged by Plant, Miller 3:37
10. "Harm's Swift Way" Townes Van Zandt 4:19
11. "Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down" Traditional, arranged by Plant, Miller 4:12
12. "Even This Shall Pass Away" Theodore Tilton, arranged by Plant, Miller 4:03
Total length: 47:32


  • Robert Plant – lead vocals, backing vocals (1,2,3,5,11)
Band of Joy

Critical reaction[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]
Spin 8/10 stars[8]

Reaction to the album was positive. Metacritic, by incorporating a number of respected critical reviews, gives the album an aggregate score of 80 out of 100,[9] a "generally favorable review" by the site. Rolling Stone, in particular, gave the album three and a half stars and ranked it #8 on its list of the 30 Best Albums of 2010.[10] Q Magazine in its January 2011 edition ranked Band of Joy as the second best album of 2010, stating that, "[f]ree from having to imitate his 20-year-old self in Zeppelin, the sexagenarian sings to his strengths here, with Miller and Griffin his not-so secret weapons on an album that pinwheels between gentlemanly country-blues (Cindy, I'll Marry You Some Day), spooky lo-fi (Silver Rider) and charming '60s pop (You Can't Buy My Love)." [11]


The album was nominated for two Grammy Awards, including Best Americana Album and the song "Silver Rider" for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance. Frontman and vocalist Robert Plant was nominated for best British Male Solo Artist at the Brit Awards 2011 [12]


Chart (2010) Peak
European Top 100 Albums [13] 29
Polish Albums Chart[14] 14

End of year charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Rank
European Top 100 Albums [13] 100


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  2. ^ "Band Of Joy (September 13th)". Robert Plant - Official Website. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
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  5. ^ "Achilles Last Stand". Led Zeppelin. Retrieved 2011-01-10. 
  6. ^ "Band of Joy review". , Allmusic. Retrieved August 2011
  7. ^ Hermes, Will (16 September 2010). "The Led Zep golden god is reborn as a rootsy force of nature". Rolling Stone (1113). pp. 75–76. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Robert Plant - Band of Joy". , Retrieved August 2011
  9. ^ Metacritic, Critical Reviews for Band of Joy. Retrieved on 13 January 2011.
  10. ^ "Rolling Stone's Best Albums of 2010". Rolling Stone. 2010-12-07. 
  11. ^ "Q's 50 Best Albums of 2010 - 2: Robert Plant - Band Of Joy". Bauer Media. 16 December 2010. 
  12. ^ The Brit awards 2011 Retrieved 18 February 2011.
  13. ^ a b European Top Ten Albume 2010, Retrieved August 2011
  14. ^ "OLiS: sales for the period 13.09.2010 - 19.09.2010". OLiS.