I don't really like this album. Actually, I guess I like most of it. But it has a couple of problems: "The Rain Song", "The Crunge", and "Dancing Days". "The Rain Song" is not bad (I used to really like it), but sappy and slightly reminiscent of future solo Plant, which I more or less can't stand. "The Crunge" is an awful, awful piece of music. I think I read a review somewhere calling it their attempt at funk, and I guess that fits. But it doesn't work. Although the part about the bridge is really funny... "Dancing Days" is a complete throwaway to me. It's enjoyable enough, but very far from memorable.
That said, I have to point out that I am
a Led Zeppelin fan (two posters on my walls, four albums in my collection, and a t-shirt in my closet), and there are definitely songs on here that make up for the album's deficiencies. "The Song Remains The Same" is a nice strong opener, "Over The Hills and Far Away" has that set of wonderful acoustic riffs at the beginning, "D'yer Mak'er" is as good as pop can get, "No Quarter" is nice and creepy, evoking a great atmosphere, and "The Ocean" is one of Zep's best rockers. Overall, I would recommend the album, but not as an intro to the band (go for Zep III).