Why Pitchfork’s Greta Van Fleet Review Is Bullshit


Pitchfork recently gave Greta Van Fleet’s debut full length album Anthems for the Peaceful Army a scathing 1.6 review.

Jeremy D. Larson’s Pitchfork review states, “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, from what is (a somewhat fun stomper ‘Mountain of the Sun’) to what should never be: ‘The New Day’ features Josh singing about watching a child grow in a garden, seeing her bloom so she can ‘be a woman soon.’ None of this lysergic-sexual thinking is within the band’s grasp, they are just swatting at crusty platitudes and copy-pasting old mythos hoping no one notices that they are too small, too inept to even put forth one meaningful, specific, original idea.

But for as retro as Anthem of the Peaceful Army may seem, in actuality, it is the future. It’s proof of concept that in the streaming and algorithm economy, a band doesn’t need to really capture the past, it just needs to come close enough so that a computer can assign it to its definite article. The more unique it sounds, the less chance it has to be placed alongside what you already love. So when the Greta Van Fleet of your favorite artist finally lands on your morning playlist, spark up a bowl of nostalgia and enjoy the self-satisfied buzz of recognizing something you already know. It’s the cheapest high in music.”

Alternative Nation reporter Lauryn Schaffner is a huge fan of Greta Van Fleet, and wasn’t too pleased with Pitchfork’s review, so she has recorded a video in response. Anthems for the Peaceful Army debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200, and it was the top album in its first week of release when it comes to physical sales.


    • I respect their following and success but there is nothing original about them whatsoever.

  1. Good lord people. They are probably currently the best hope we’ve had in a very long time to help rock to make an impact on the charts. Support them, they are one of us. We have to start somewhere.

    I’d love to see us all direct that anger towards fake, auto tuned and label put together (boy and girl) “bands,” and away from what can help all of rock music.

    • Really? That’s all you can muster? GVF? Come on! Loads of other better bands. Alice in Chains’ Rainier Fog is an amazing album and charted no. 1. Tool is releasing an album in 2019. Loads of original bands out there. You don’t have to settle for less.

      • Alice In Chains charted on *rock* charts. You really think Tool will get music on mainstream charts or radio? Come on man. I’m just wanting rock to get back into the mainstream. That way it is worth it to musicians to play rock because there will be money in it again. That in turn makes the next generation play even more rock.

        Feel free to live in the underground and insult rock bands you don’t like. For me I’m pulling for rock and heavy music as a whole.

        So yeah, that’s all I got. Stop fighting amongst ourselves and let’s get rock back where it should be, together. Not fight each other and stop it in its tracks.

        • I’d rather go with bands that have a sound that is all their own. Bands that have their own identity. But if you want to celebrate the mediocre and a pastiche. You’re what’s wrong with rock music.

          • What I want is rock back in the charts and bands making money again. This makes more musicians want to play rock instead of hip hop or todays favorite flavor, and gets more people listening to rock and looking for more bands to listen to.

            Your elitist tastes and beliefs are what cause rock fans to cancel one another out and keep rock from going anywhere.

  2. GVF is derivative and not even the good kind. Wolfmother was derivative but at least they blended a sound that was a mix between LZ and The Doors. If I wanted to listen to Led Zeppelin, I’ll listen to Led Zeppelin.

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