The producers of Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin have made something of a tactical error in releasing this album at the tail end of a flood of tribute discs: Presumably, consumers are coming around to the idea that none of these things are particularly worthwhile. Encomium‘s band list reads like a Who’s Who of overexposed mediocrity, and the artists’ interpretations of the Zep tunes, by and large, make Dread Zeppelin look daring: Stone Temple Pilots’ “Dancing Days” and Cracker’s “Good Times Bad Times” are faithful, if lackluster; Sheryl Crow and Blind Melon’s takes on “D’yer Mak’er” and “Out on the Tiles,” respectively, are, well, boring; and so on. As usual, there are few bright spots: Duran Duran’s “Thank You” is engagingly spacey, while Hootie and the Blowfish turn in a surprisingly strong version of “Hey Hey What Can I Do.” But these are the exceptions. The chief problem is, of course, making songs we’ve all heard a jillion times newly interesting. For that reason, it’s Helmet and David Yow’s version of “Custard Pie” that stands out: Yow’s drunken yodel lampoons Zep crooner Robert Plant, providing the disc’s most scandalously delightful moment.