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The Battle at Garden's Gate

Greta Van Fleet

The Battle at Garden's Gate

Second studio album by Michigan rock quartet produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney, CHVRCHES)

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  1. 8.0 |   Uncut

    GVF strut and swagger through a sweeping hard-rock extravaganza that propels them from emulators to inheritors of a rich legacy. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   Kerrang!

    Hand yourself over to a psychedelic song of praise like Trip The Light Fantastic, though, or fall into The Weight Of Dreams’ fathomless nine minutes, and this legitimately might be the next best thing
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  3. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    They've cleaned up the mistakes of their first album, fleshed out their atmospheres into some truly lush and breathtaking territories, doubled down on their heavy rock edge, and crafted something that is far better than it has any right to be. Bask in it without feeling any shame
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  4. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    On their second studio effort, they step out of the shadow of their influences, carving a sound of their own. Where they go from here is anyone’s guess
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  5. 7.5 |   God Is In The TV

    Four decades into their career together, the men of Dinosaur Jr. aren’t ones for tinkering, and why should they be? When you have a signature sound as enduring as theirs, deviation only seems destined to produce disappointment
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  6. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    An album that's far more confident, earning the rock schlock with larger compositions that feel more grandiose
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  7. 6.0 |   Mojo

    He and his bandmates have grasped the flaming torch of '70s hard-rock pomp - but how to make it their own? Print edition only

  8. 6.0 |   All Music

    More Geddy Lee than Robert Plant, Josh Kiszka commands attention then alienates; his wail is the weak link in a group who is getting better at their period-accurate cosplay
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  9. 6.0 |   The FT

    The Michigan band resembles Led Zeppelin swaddled in added layers of classic-rock styling
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  10. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The band’s second album has some dazzling moments, and plenty of silly ones
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  11. 6.0 |   XS Noize

    There’s just something lacking that holds it back from that hallowed hall of unanimously revered greats
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  12. 6.0 |   The Observer

    At their best at full throttle, the Michigan four-piece continue to channel 70s classic rock without restraint
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  13. 5.0 |   Clash

    Hemmed in by their own ambitions, ‘The Battle At Heaven’s Gate’ is an oddly contradictory experience, one that finds Greta Van Fleet truckin’ on up a one way street
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  14. 4.0 |   NME

    One nine-minute track on this indulgent second album covers almost no interesting ground throughout its bloated run time, which pretty much says it all
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  15. 4.0 |   Under The Radar

    Though it’s hard to muster much interest in sticking around, it remains to be seen if the band will explore a folkier side, à la Led Zeppelin III, next time out. In the meantime, The Battle at Garden’s Gate brings more of the same and a lot of it
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  16. 3.3 |   Spectrum Culture

    For all of the complaints about the band’s shameless aping of classic rock tropes, it wouldn’t be as big of a deal if they did it with a sense of joy or excitement, neither of which is found here
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  17. 3.0 |   PopMatters

    Most artists, though, recognize the necessity to steal creatively, combining unlikely influences to make something close to novel. Greta Van Fleet, though, seem to lack even a passing familiarity with the last four decades of recorded music. Despite all the talk of artistic growth, the band have really only moved on from I to IV
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