Greta Van Fleet
Anthem of the Peaceful Army


3.5
great

Review

by PsychicChris USER (344 Reviews)
October 31st, 2018 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Overall, Greta Van Fleet is a serviceable band, though one still best enjoyed in small doses

Greta Van Fleet may still be marketed as a bunch of kids merely reflecting their old school influences, but their first full-length album clearly strives for relevance beyond mere revivalism. Songs like “Age of Man” and “Watching Over” are longer and more dynamic than 2017’s comparably off-the-cuff From the Fires. The lyrics are also as full of hippie preaching as a title like Anthem of the Peaceful Army suggests.

The results are still within the Zeppelin mold, but there’s about as much time devoted to “Your Time is Gonna Come”-style folk jams as there is to “Out on the Tiles” rock romps. An overall laid-back atmosphere serves as a smooth unifier between styles, but the musicians are talented enough to keep transitions from getting too jarring. The subtle organ work throughout is nice, and “Brave New World” has a dark tinge by the otherwise easygoing band’s standards.

Of course, the band is still going through some growing pains. The guitars successfully transition between electric and acoustic formats and the drums can easily move to hand percussion, but the vocals aren’t as multi-faceted. Just about every song features that early era Geddy Lee wail and it gets exhausting even with a forty-three-minute runtime when there isn’t much to balance it out. It’s a relief when he finally reels it in on the closing “Anthem,” and I can imagine songs like “You’re the One” coming out stronger if they’d showed such restraint earlier.

Overall, Greta Van Fleet is a serviceable band, though one still best enjoyed in small doses. I admire their attempt to broaden their sound and it makes for a pleasant listen, but the vocals only highlight how much more work still needs to be done. The songs are solid, but it needs that energy boost or catchiness that made the songs on From the Fires so enjoyable. I’d recommend that release before this one, but this really doesn’t deserve the controversy aimed at it.

Highlights:
“When the Curtain Falls”
“You’re the One”
“Brave New World”

Originally published at http://indymetalvault.com




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bigguytoo9
October 31st 2018


771 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Why are people still reviewing this dog turd?

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IGetMyMSG
October 31st 2018


104 Comments


I admire their attempt to broaden their sound

veninblazer
October 31st 2018


11664 Comments


@bigguytoo9: Because morons are giving it 1's just because they find it bland and uninteresting. LOL.

sixdegrees
October 31st 2018


9120 Comments


Excuse me but how the hell is this .5 worthy? It's not amazing but it's nowhere near unlistenable. You want a .5 worthy record? "Boy In da Corner" by Dizzee Rascal.rEDIT: 0.5 is ONLY to be reserved for the completely unlistenable imo. This is far from it. Derivative and mediocre as it may be, it's FAR from unlistenable.


momentsofclarity
October 31st 2018


542 Comments


never got into led zeppelin

"age of man" is amazing. so majestic, makes me think of someone on a large fantastical quest. new fan for sure

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2018


19589 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

That's like the worst vocal performance I've heard all year on that song

veninblazer
October 31st 2018


11664 Comments


@sixdegrees: That was in response to the most bumped sound-off. 0.5 for this? That's I N S A N E.

Ryus
October 31st 2018


18892 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

a soundoff for the ages

Ryus
October 31st 2018


18892 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

album rules m/



its great to see that real music is still being made in 2018

veninblazer
October 31st 2018


11664 Comments


It's not a great album LMFAO
Just stop overreacting like a bunch of babies.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2018


19589 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

2 is a good rating for this

veninblazer
October 31st 2018


11664 Comments


@neeka: I'd say so, yeah

Evok
November 1st 2018


7761 Comments


omg is this a p i n k z e p p e l i n cover band?

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Cygnatti
November 1st 2018


33288 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

now this is real rock music

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2018


57275 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

rock will never die

Evok
November 1st 2018


7761 Comments


I wasnt expecting much going in, and still left disappointed.

Source
November 1st 2018


18274 Comments


Feels bad man

Divaman
November 1st 2018


5727 Comments


Good to see a different perspective. It's not a Sput-friendly album, but certainly some people out there like it.

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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
November 1st 2018


57275 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

yeah dum-dums

Source
November 1st 2018


18274 Comments


It's also not an ear or brain friendly album



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