We almost missed one of the most anticipated albums of this year, the second full album of Greta Van Fleet, The Battle at Garden’s Gate. The brothers Kiszka (Josh on vocals, Jake on guitar and Sam on bass and keyboards) together with Danny Wagner on drums found time in 2019 in their touring schedule to get into the studio with producer Greg Kurstin (Foo Fighters, Adele, Beck, Paul McCartney). I guess we can blame Corona for the long wait since.
Of course Greta Van Fleet has been both hailed as saviors of rock and as poor replicas of Led Zeppelin or Rush. I guess taste has got a lot to do with that. And has everything not been done? Myself, I think they have taken some of the best music that was and given it their spin. The only thing I have with Josh’s vocals is that he sometimes leaves Robert Plant or Geddy Lee behind and goes full chipmunk.
Here’s my review of The Battle at Garden’s Gate
The album consists of 12 tracks that are technically impressive with themes, riffs and solos. To be more palatable for the bigger audience, there could be more hooks. The songs on The Battle at Garden’s Gate swerve and change and it’s difficult to find rest points or a central theme. Even the hit single “My Way, Soon” that preceded the album bounces up and down. Ballad “Light My Love” is an exception and was to my surprise not a single.
If you’re into classic (prog)rock, you will love this album. All elements are big and loud, the guitars sound as if they were played 50 years ago (the producer should have maybe opted for some more modern sounds). I enjoyed listening to it and yes, I had flashbacks to Led Zeppelin, Rainbow (especially on the 9 minute long “The Weight Of Dreams”) and Rush but I’m not sure how often I will have the album on repeat. Chipmunk….
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