Following my revelation of changing things up in 2018, I want to provide reviews of what new-to-me music and podcasts I am listening to in 2019. Doing reviews of music and podcasts is new for me, but it showcases my appreciate of pop culture, a growing passion of mine. Thanks for reading!
After hearing about Greta Van Fleet’s three sold out shows in Detroit during the last weekend of 2018, I had to see what this Frankenmuth-based rock band was all about.
I have been listening to From the Fires, this past week. The EP is Greta Van Fleet’s second and has four songs from their first EP, Black Smoke Rising, and four new tracks.
From the Fires | Greta Van Fleet
32:15 | 2017
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ New favorite. Listen now!
Greta Van Fleet doesn’t ease you into From the Fires; they throw you in without a life jacket. Their classic rock approach is tight and clean with steady drums and bass lines, high pitched vocals, and catchy guitar rifts. I had to wonder a few times if I was listening to a reincarnate of the English rock band Led Zeppelin. Greta Van Fleet is made up of four members, including three brothers, so it makes sense why the chemistry is spot on.
I’m not the only one to make this Led Zeppelin comparison. Many reviewers of the band and albums also hear the resemblance. Most recently Billy Corgan, lead singer of the Smashing Pumpkins, gave them his approval and blessing. His most notable quote is “the sky is the limit.”
My favorite tracks from From the Fires are “Safari Song”, “Highway Tune”, and “Black Smoke Rising” for their driving rhythm and riffs. “Flower Power” brings a lighter tune into the mix with an acoustic guitar, catchy and simple lyrics, and the organ giving support and layers of music that are rarely explored in today’s music scene of keyboards, Auto-Tune, and thumping bass beats.
My hope is that Greta Van Fleet continues to create solid music, but also begins to develop their own sound and signature. We’ll also have to see how the band fairs at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in February with their four nominations. Will the exposure propel the band or stifle their progress?
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Have you given Greta Van Fleet a listen? What do you think? Let me know in the comments and recommend other albums for me to listen to and review.