97. Stairway To Hell: Greta Van Fleet’s Scorching Album Review That Went Viral

Classic rock climaxed a half century ago, yet it still survives in two places: FM radio & Greta Van Fleet. The later are an upstart of four boys from Michigan who have found stardom by dusting off the mantle of guitar driven rock. Their latest album, Anthem Of The Peaceful Army, bares an uncanny sonic resemblance to Led Zeppelin. Jeremy D. Larson, senior editor of Pitchfork, gave the album a 1.6 out of 10 calling it “stiff, hackneyed, overly precious retro-fetishism.” His vicious and hilarious takedown went viral and caused a rift amongst music fans on the internet. We ask Jeremy to join us to reveal what it means to earn such a bad review. After, we do something we’ve never done before: a track-by-track album breakdown. In a game of musical Pictionary, Charlie challenges Nate to find every Led Zeppelin reference on the album to answer the question: is it a copy or an homage? We have a feeling this will be a divisive episode…

Songs Discussed:

  • Greta Van Fleet – Age of Man
  • Led Zeppelin – Rain Song
  • Led Zeppelin – In The Light
  • Led Zeppelin – What Is And What Should Never Be
  • Led Zeppelin – Your Time Is Gonna Come
  • Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song
  • Led Zeppelin – Kashmir
  • Greta Van Fleet – The Cold Wind
  • Led Zeppelin – Custard Pie
  • Greta Van Fleet – When the Curtain Falls
  • Led Zeppelin – Wanton Song
  • Greta Van Fleet – Watching Over
  • Led Zeppelin – Since I’ve Been Loving You
  • Greta Van Fleet – Lover, Leaver
  • Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love
  • Spirit – Taurus
  • Muddy Waters – You Need Love
  • Small Faces – You Need Love
  • Willie Dixon – I Can’t Quit You Babe
  • Greta Van Fleet – You’re the One
  • Led Zeppelin – What Is And What Should Never Be
  • Greta Van Fleet – The New Day
  • Led Zeppelin – Over The Hills And Far Away
  • Greta Van Fleet – Mountain of the Sun
  • Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day
  • Greta Van Fleet – Brave New World
  • Led Zeppelin – Achilles Last Stand
  • Greta Van Fleet – Anthem
  • Led Zeppelin – Tangerine
  • Lover Leaver (Taker, Believer)

Read the Pitchfork review of Greta Van Fleet’s Anthem Of A Peaceful Army