"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 on the Republic label.
Anthem Of The Peaceful Army really is one of the most exciting records released by a new band in recent years. This is partly a result of the amount of money and attention that’s being thrown at them – this is the first time in years that a rock band has been given a genuine fighting chance by a major label – but it’s mostly down to the youthful, unmanufacturable exhilaration that courses through its 10 tracks.
Anthem Of The Peaceful Army isn’t quite the finished article. Josh Kiszka’s Plantalike vocals hit the high register from the start and stay right up there throughout; more than once you find yourself wincing and muttering: “Turn it down, sunshine.” And the closing title track lays on the cloying, hippie-dippy sentiment so thickly that you can’t help thinking that perhaps Altamont wasn’t such a bad thing after all.
At the final count, Anthem Of The Peaceful Army is shaping up to be the finest debut album of both 2018 and 1972.
Reviewed by Dave Everley for loudersound.com. User Comments