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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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  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 20
  2. Negative: 7 out of 20
  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. Expand
  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 Expand
  4. Oct 25, 2018
    5
    Listen, I love what this band is doing and think they're doing great things for carrying the rock and roll flag into the next generation. BUT,Listen, I love what this band is doing and think they're doing great things for carrying the rock and roll flag into the next generation. BUT, I find this album very repetitive and the songwriting not nearly as strong as it was on the From the Fires LP.

    I have a lot of confidence they'll improve with time, but this one just didn't do it for me.
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  5. Nov 5, 2018
    4
    It is early 70's Led Zeppelin, minus everything that made Zeppelin great. There are some really good moments here, riffy rock songs with powerIt is early 70's Led Zeppelin, minus everything that made Zeppelin great. There are some really good moments here, riffy rock songs with power and attitude, but every song is in exactly the same vein. While Zeppelin essentially invented this type of hard rock, they rarely did songs as basic as Greta Van Fleet. Without the psychedelic breakdowns of Zeppelin's early days, the delicate folk of their early 70's heyday, the wild exploration of their later albums, or the fluid tempos, Greta Van Fleet fails to make anything as good as what Zeppelin did. And that doesn't even mention the fact that the group has no personality of their own. Every decision seems to be made to replicate Zeppelin, without any trace of authenticity. Expand
  6. Oct 19, 2018
    1
    i just want to start by saying that i'm not reviewing this on the basis of it being a led zeppelin rip-off or whatever, i'm reviewing thei just want to start by saying that i'm not reviewing this on the basis of it being a led zeppelin rip-off or whatever, i'm reviewing the music and well, its poor. respect to these lads for having a go and doing what they want to do, if there happy with it then good for them but overall the record is just another cop-out wuss rock album, my main problem with this album is the production is awful!,
    this is suppose to be a hard rock album and it comes off so bland and one dimensional, the lack of a memorable tune (for me at least) is also pretty annoying, even on these types of dumbed-down flat rock albums you can at least expect some tunes that you repeat to yourself.
    Overall like most albums in this vain, some will like it and find it fun and others will despise it, bottom line is Greta Van Fleet make "hard rock" for there audience and don't care in the slightest who there influences are or if you have a problem with them doing what they do which is admirable but good songs and production would have made it a success and in my opinion this album does not have either.
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  7. Mar 13, 2019
    0
    Completely unoriginal band hoards album/ticket sales from braindead fans. I'd say it's an amazing turn of culture but with the rise of theCompletely unoriginal band hoards album/ticket sales from braindead fans. I'd say it's an amazing turn of culture but with the rise of the Kardashians, Cage the Elephant, Nickleback, etcetera, is it really that surprising? People love the legend then they love the watery copy of the legend. The public follows the Grammy's. The freakin' Grammy's. Real culture will continue to live undefined in the cracks of our society. Greta Van Fleet is the mold head of something that died a long time ago. Expand

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