Stamford Advocate

Greta Van Fleet spread their wings gloriously


Greta Van Fleet, “The Battle at Garden’s Gate” (Lava/Republic)

Greta Van Fleet are back and they’re doubling down. The young Michigan rockers whose sound and classic look is reminiscen­t of Led Zeppelin have returned with “The Battle at Garden’s Gate,” an album not just rooted in classic 1970s rock but gloriously pounded into it.

This sophomore full-length effort from the Grammy winners marks an evolution to a more expansive approach, with progressiv­e, mystical and psychedeli­c elements. Many songs roar past the threeminut­e mark, as the band jams and doodles unrushed. There’s a bit more Rush this time in with the Zeppelin.

The band has teamed up with superprodu­cer Greg Kurstin and under his guidance this collection has more elaborate arrangemen­ts, layers and chord progressio­ns, lots of instrument­al sections and strings. It goes right to the edge of bombastic without falling over, with lyrics about nature, armies massing and weird medieval imagery.

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