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Anthem of the Peaceful Army

2018, 11 tracks, 50 mins 9 sec

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Jun 21, 2019

An attempt to recreate the 70’s progressive rock music style, similar to that of Led Zeppelin’s.

The American rock band Greta Van Fleet released their debut album Anthem of the Peaceful Army that was released in October 2018 through Republic Records. Previously, the band that was formed in 2012 had released two EPs. The music in this album is described by many as very close to that of Led Zeppelin’s. There are hard rock, blues rock and progressive rock elements with a mix of heavy guitars, high pitch vocals, blues and 70’s style folk influences. The digital version of the album has a total of eleven tracks with an overall time length of approximately forty nine minutes. However, the track “Lover, Leaver” was not included within the physical track listing. All the songs are written by the band members Joshua Michael Kiszka, Jacob Thomas Kiszka, Samuel Francis Kiszka, and Daniel Robert Wagner.The album received mixed reviews from the music critics and listeners. Classic Rock magazine rated the album 3.5 out of 5 stars and strongly praised the album saying “one of the most exciting records released by a new band in recent years”. Entertainment Weekly described the music in the album- “Their sound is pure, uncut '70s: big, riffy blues-rock anthems built for screaming arenas and lace-front leather pants”. Mojo music magazine, Rolling Stone and NME all rated it 3 out of 5 stars. Pitchfork heavily criticised the album rating it just 1.6 out of 10 and calling it "half-baked boomer fetishism" and an "interminable 49-minute drag” that sparked some criticisms and controversies. Some critics said that the music in the album was “borrowed” from Led Zeppelin. The album received an overall average score of 53 out of 100 on Metacritic. Some listeners liked the album calling it “phenomenal”, “flawless” and “unique” whereas some of them largely criticised the album calling it “unoriginal”. Despite all those mixed reviews, the album received good commercial success. It was the top selling album in its debut week in the United States, and it debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 music chart. It was also featured at number one on the US Top Rock Albums (Billboard) chart, number two on Canadian Albums (Billboard) and at number ten on the Australian Albums ARIA music chart. The album was also featured on various music charts in other countries of Europe as well.

Written by @Soulbyweekly from SoulByweekly
Jun 07, 2019

Greta Van Fleet And Their Peaceful Army: Rock Messiahs Or False Pariahs?

My general thoughts on Greta Van Fleet can be summed up in one simple, bland sentence: I don’t love them, but I like them just fine. What I find fascinating is the success this retro rock band has enjoyed and the shockingly intense backlash their success has generated. The Michigan-born band of (mostly) brothers has performed on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Saturday Night Live.” At the 61st Annual Grammy Awards late last year, they were nominated for four awards, winning Best Rock Album for their 2017 EP From the Fires. And yet the band has garnered mostly withering reviews, as critics have fixated on their undeniable stylistic similarities to Led Zeppelin. Meanwhile, legions of emerging fans have defended Van Fleet against these academic attacks. The conflict came to a head last fall when Pitchfork published an unrelentingly harsh dismantling of the band’s first full-length album, Anthem of the Peaceful Army. Writier Jeremy D. Larson seemed downright offended and furious about the derivative nature of the group’s sound. The reaction from fans against Larson was equally fierce. As snooty as Pitchfork’s reviewers invariably are (more on that later), the debate over Greta Van Fleet — and, more broadly, about the inherent paradox of modern classic rock — is an interesting one. And yet, maybe I’m overthinking it. I mean, can’t rock ’n’ roll just be fun anymore?

Written by @MattKanner from Portsmouth NH

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Album Info

"Anthem of the Peaceful Army"

Released

  • Oct 19, 2018

Genres

  • Hard Rock

Label

  • Republic

Producer

  • Marlon Young, Al Sutton, Herschel Boone

Studio

  • Blackbird Studios, Nashville, Tennessee

About

Anthem of the Peaceful Army is the debut studio album by American rock band Greta Van Fleet. The album was released on October 19, 2018, and follows the band's original two EP releases, Black Smoke Rising and From the Fires. The first single, "When the Curtain Falls", was released in July 2018. The album was the top selling album in its debut week in the US, selling 80,000 copies. Factoring in album equivalent units, it debuted at number three on the Billboard 200.
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