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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Michigan rock band was recorded by Marlon Young, Al Sutton and Herschel Boone in Nashville and Michigan.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Kerrang!
    Oct 17, 2018
    80
    It's a record that lives up tot he hype preceding it without seeming like it's trying to, and that shows off this youthful quartet as a truly skilled band, musically wise beyond their years. [20 Oct 2018, p.53]
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    Oct 19, 2018
    75
    Their sound is pure, uncut '70s: big, riffy blues-rock anthems built for screaming arenas and lace-front leather pants. [19/26 Oct 2018, p.96]
  3. 70
    Anthem Of The Peaceful Army isn't quite the finished article. ... At the final count, Anthem Of The Peaceful Army is shaping up to be the finest debut album of both 2018 and 1972. [Nov 2018, p.80]
  4. 60
    Ultimately, this is just a rock album that does exactly what it says on the tin. They are head-banging, pitch-altering rock songs that may not change the world right away, but they’ll give yer head a little wobble at the very least.
  5. 58
    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.
  6. Oct 25, 2018
    50
    Greta Van Fleet now adds its name to the list of Zep disciples who have made albums that sound kinda, sorta and sometimes exactly like its primary influence. If nothing else, the quartet has demonstrated that guitar-rock can still be popular with a young audience that either hasn’t heard of Led Zeppelin, or prefers Greta’s version to their grandparents’ original.
  7. Oct 23, 2018
    16
    What they lack in self-awareness they more than make up for in rigid self-consciousness, failing to make any fun or campy choices to lift these songs out of a morass of the worst impulses of Rush and Cream. The back half of the album alternates between the ignorable and unforgivable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 6 out of 19
  1. Oct 22, 2018
    10
    Absolutely superb!!! Didn't like it at first, listened to it a few more times and I LOVE it!
  2. Oct 21, 2018
    10
    Their two EPs prior to this album release have been phenomenal, and this full album is no exception. Tasty guitar licks and fantastic vocalsTheir two EPs prior to this album release have been phenomenal, and this full album is no exception. Tasty guitar licks and fantastic vocals carry this album, and I can't wait to see this band grow as they age. They're barely adults and are kicking the mainstream movement's ass, and more importantly are bringing rock back into the spotlight.
  3. Oct 19, 2018
    10
    This album is phenomenal. Since I started listening to this band at about 100k monthly listeners, I've really noticed their growth with thisThis album is phenomenal. Since I started listening to this band at about 100k monthly listeners, I've really noticed their growth with this album. Greta has begun to shift away from Led Zeppelin but is still able to keep the authenticity of 70s rock intact. 10/10
  4. Oct 21, 2018
    6
    This highly-anticipated album could very well be a missed opprtunity for Greta van Fleet. While there are occasional flashes of genius,This highly-anticipated album could very well be a missed opprtunity for Greta van Fleet. While there are occasional flashes of genius, especially with the track Lover, Leaver, Taker, Believer, a piece that towards the end gets proggy, which is uncartered territory for the young group, the band never really succeeds in rising above their 70s influences. On this album, Greta van Fleet do not present themselves as daring as they were with their LP "From the Fires", resulting in wasted potential on tracks that seem tailored to fit a mainstream audience (You're The One, Mountain of the Sun). Longer songs and more willingness for exploration that could elevate their work to a higher sphere are too scarce but tracks like Lover, Leaver and Brave New World give reason for hope.
    Torn between the golden era of classic rock and our current time, some of the songs are a mish-mash of different musical periods without a fully-developed sound that could give the band its own identity and eventually silence the worn-out comparisons to older groups.
    Even though they have not yet matured, the potential is there and hopefully Greta van Fleet will be able to develop their own sound.
  5. Oct 23, 2018
    4
    It's okay. It's certainly not as bad as certain people are making it out to be (i.e. Pitchfork). But honestly when I listen to this I don'tIt's okay. It's certainly not as bad as certain people are making it out to be (i.e. Pitchfork). But honestly when I listen to this I don't really get anything new or fresh, just a Led Zeppelin record where everyone foamed it in. It's not like a classic rock throwback record CAN'T work. Look at bands like Foxygen or even Queens of the Stone Age. They're basically throwback bands to the glory days of classic rock radio. The difference is that with Queens they made that formula their own. When you hear Queens, you know you're listening to Queens. And say what you will about Foxygen, at least they're honest about them aping of 70s rock, and that is what makes them unique and interesting. Greta Van Fleet is only interesting because the lead singer sounds so much like Robert Plant. Which is at least admirable, but it's an impression without sounding like anything genuine. It's a lot like how all the grunge and post-grunge bands that followed in the wake of Nirvana and Pearl Jam had to sound like either Kurt or Eddie. The music isn't bad. It's pleasant, it's well played, the production is a little too polished but it's competent. Unfortunately it's also lacking in energy or grit. People might bring up Zep but they're more like Bad Company at their most tepid. Like say what you will about Zeppelin, but at least they knew how to rock out with gnarly guitar riffs, pounding drums, and the singing of what sounds like it came from the gods. Bad Company are basically the most average classic rock band you can think of that gets radio play on the classic rock stations in between the actual good stuff. I'm not expecting constant barn burners, but there is no out right rockers like Highway Tune from their previous EP. Instead all the songs start to run together in this limp slog of just "okay" playing. There's no memorable riffs or solos. The only song that's memorable is the opener, Age of Man. But that's because it sounds like a Rush song from the really early days, except Geddy decided to sing like Robert Plant, except badly!

    I wouldn't call it flat out terrible, but I'm not getting anything memorable or something that is worth revisiting. It's basically if Zeppelin decided to push out a mediocre album during the Houses and Graffiti era, except they took out the epic and mystical songs and just decided to write cock rock. To quote a review from fede01_8, it's music made for people who write in the comments section of classic rock songs on YouTube "I was born in the wrong generation."

    Was tempted to give this a 5, but the lack of memorable songs dropped it down a rating.
  6. Oct 22, 2018
    3
    I'm not just reviewing based on the obvious similarities with Led Zeppelin, but rather based on their actual sound and performance. OverallI'm not just reviewing based on the obvious similarities with Led Zeppelin, but rather based on their actual sound and performance. Overall this album is just ok. There is nothing special or truly original about it. Their singer displays some impressive vocals, but too often goes into these over the top shrieks in a contrived sort of way. Where Robert Plant felt genuine, Josh Kiszka comes off as an impressionist that lacks genuine emotion. The guitar riffs and solos are just mediocre. I would have loved to hear some more original and complex guitar work and songwriting. They have potential, but unfortunately need to change a lot of the way they approach writing music. Too much of the album feels corny, cliche (just look at the album title) and contrived. I do appreciate the return to a 70's type of sound, but Anthem of the Peaceful Army comes off as a generic compilation of bands that are better.
  7. Oct 24, 2018
    0
    Rock music has evolved from the 50s thru to today. These kids have decided to do a throwback to the 70s sound of Led Zep. Everything fromRock music has evolved from the 50s thru to today. These kids have decided to do a throwback to the 70s sound of Led Zep. Everything from their drum kit, to dress code, to vocals, to classic rocker "talking points" - about what good music is, what inspired them, and where they want music to go - is completely played out. They're a carbon copy without anything remotely novel trying to dupe a today's audience into thinking their sound is new and that they're blazing some trail in music. Everything thing they're doing was done before and done better. They're a fad that may get a cult following but there is nothing more to see here.

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