Anthem of the Peaceful Army

Greta Van Fleet - Anthem of the Peaceful Army
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2018 Ratings: #777 / 789
User Score
Based on 315 ratings
2018 Ratings: #1172
October 19, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Republic Records / Label
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Northern Transmissions

By capturing the essence of vintage rock that made them famous and moving FAR beyond it, they prove here they’re much more than a tribute act.


This head-banging, Led Zep-indebted collection of rock songs might not change the world, but it'll at least give yer head a little wobble.

Rolling Stone
There’s an element of the ridiculous in this. But there’s also a charm to their guileless, retro-fetishist conviction.
Consequence of Sound

On their debut, Greta Van Fleet proves their ability to resurrect the sounds of the past, but not necessarily that they’re ready to make those sounds into something they truly own.


For the band and audience alike, Greta Van Fleet is nothing more than cosplay of the highest order.

FLOOD Magazine
The nostalgia of these tracks is intoxicating, but what are they really saying? Nothing, nothing at all.

The rest of the record is a Zeppeliny hard rock mush, the kind that happens with young people that love a thing too much haven't yet put in enough work to truly make something their own.

Greta Van Fleet sound like they did weed exactly once, called the cops, and tried to record a Led Zeppelin album before they arrested themselves.
zeppelin comparisons aside this album is still one of the boomer-est things i've ever listened to and it sucks
sorry peggy, rock n roll isn’t dead now
OK, the Led Zeppelin comparison is kinda hard to ignore here. It's so 70s classic rock that when it comes to that comparison, it's a pretty hard hurdle to jump. And, in the case of Greta Van Fleet, it's not a hurdle they are really that ready to jump yet. Hell, some songs could potentially get their 'homage' sued if they aren't careful. The band is extremely talented and each member pulls their weight (especially the vocalist, by god), but the music isn't as original or as interesting as it ... read more
I do love me some Loop Zoop.

This is one of those album where it's impossible not to mention its influences. This album is so unoriginal that it's downright impossible for me not to talk about how this sounds just like a certain rock band from the 1970s. I really tried to listen to this as if it's its own thing, but whenever I tried to actually give this my full focus I just found that I hated it. This genuinely sounds like a Led Zeppelin album that was locked away in the vault because the ... read more
If I'm being objective, what this band does is pretty lame. Every review mentions Zep and that's because, really, what else is there to say about this band? The fact that they sound like Led Zeppelin is pretty much the whole story. And yet I've found myself enjoying it, at least enough to throw some of these songs onto my running playlists. Maybe I am lame too. Or maybe I just think the singer is cute. Is that so wrong? The whole 70s rock homage is all in good fun, the tunes are not bad (just ... read more
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Year End Lists

#14/Classic Rock Magazine

Track List

  1. Age of Man
  2. The Cold Wind
  3. When the Curtain Falls
  4. Watching Over
  5. Lover, Leaver
  6. You're the One
  7. The New Day
  8. Mountain of the Sun
  9. Brave New World
  10. Anthem
  11. Lover, Leaver (Taker, Believer)
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Added on: September 16, 2018