Anthem of the Peaceful Army

Greta Van Fleet - Anthem of the Peaceful Army
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #710 / 717
User Score
Based on 189 ratings
2018 Ratings: #851
October 19, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Republic Records / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
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.

60
NME

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.

60
Rolling Stone
There’s an element of the ridiculous in this. But there’s also a charm to their guileless, retro-fetishist conviction.
58
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.

50
AllMusic

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

40
FLOOD Magazine
The nostalgia of these tracks is intoxicating, but what are they really saying? Nothing, nothing at all.
30
PopMatters

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.

16
Pitchfork
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.
PipePanic
52
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
matteo
55
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
Plats
45
This Led Zeppelin cover band will probably make any Greta Fan Skeet.

Ok. Honest opinion, this is a big mess. It’s a shame because I see potential in this band becoming really good if they didn’t wear their influence on their sleeve and slapped people with it. They do nail the vocals, the style and the production pretty damn well. It’s just that, well, it’s Led Zeppelin for millennials. You can’t talk about this band without going overboard with that phrase.

Fav ... read more
Aoaystheory
82
The only criticism anyone has on this they copy other acts (Led Zep, Dio, ect.) which is most definitely true and I'm sure they're not ignorant to that, but seems sort of hypocritical because many of the same critics rate other bands who copy more obscure acts super high without acknowledging it. I don't think they're the best new thing or anything of that sort, but they are excellent live and are good song-writers, enjoyed this record a lot. The biggest thing that bothers me about Greta Van ... read more
zachthesnack
58
Guys cmon, its not that fucking bad

I think so many people resorted to hating on these guys because of how painfully hard they try to sound like Led Zeppelin. Its like bandwagon hate. I am by no means a fan but this was a solid and semi enjoyable album, his voice is fucking annoying but I thought a lot of the riffs were good.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#14/Classic Rock Magazine
#31/Kerrang!
#76/NME

MISC LISTS

#19/Loudwire (Hard Rock)

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