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Album review: Greta Van Fleet’s “Anthem of the Peaceful Army”

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The ‘70s rock revivalists, Greta Van Fleet, finally released their long-awaited new album “Anthem of the Peaceful Army,” on Oct. 19, 2018.

The band released six songs from their sophomore album before the official release, including “When the Curtain Falls,” which reached number one on the Itunes rock chart, “Watching Over,” “Lover, Leaver,” “Anthem” and “You’re the One.”

The album consists of 11 songs, which were all written by Josh (lead singer), Jake (lead guitarist) and Sam Kiszka (bassist), as well as Danny Wagner (drummer).

The album opens with a powerful intro, “Age of Man,” to leave listeners with dropped jaws and a new outlook on mother nature. They end the album with an extended version of “Lover, Leaver (Taker, Believer),” with heavy vocals and psychedelic guitar riffs.  

As always, Josh shouts his powerful vocals throughout the album, along with Jake’s snarling guitar solos and capos, accompanied by Sam’s groovy riffs, and Danny’s rumbling drum solos.

“I think the most important song to me and I think the growth of Greta Van Fleet is ‘Anthem’ on ‘Anthem of the Peaceful Army.’ It’s kind of a pseudo title track,” Sam said in an interview with Republic Records.

“Anthem” is a uniting song about using music to come together, and certainly one of the songs on the album the whole world needs to hear. As heard in the song, “With the news there’s something everyday/ So many people thinking different ways you say/ Where is the music?/ A tune to free the soul/ A simple lyric to unite us all, you know.”

This album uncovers the band’s true essence of their music, their style, and their message to the world: peace, love and unity.

In this rock lover’s opinion, everyone needs to listen to this album. Even if you don’t like the genre, the lyrics the band wrote are truly deep and meaningful.

In a world absent of rock and roll, the band still embraces their love for the genre, keeping it alive.

“Rock and roll has become a novelty, it doesn’t have the essence of what it was- it’s greatness. People say it’s dead now. But it’s a minority. It’s an endangered species. It’s gonna take young guys like us in our generation to see that,” Jake said in an interview with Rolling Stone.

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