Friday, 15 December 2017

Greta Van Fleet - From the Fires, album review

Fully Juiced

Boyish in looks, these guys must have started very early in suckling on the juice of Led Zep, for their wholesome rebirth of that classic sound demonstrates how the bloodline continues to work far and wide and across time.

Legs so genetically soaked, opener Safari Song introduces a Plant-eque wail of epic proportions – enhanced, surely – by vocalist Josh Kiszka that presages a whole album of dynamic retro-rock the guys might flinch at being so ascribed [yet again, surely again]. Where they diverge from the suckled-sibling-lineage is in their transference of this sound to a whole different kind of classic in A Change is Gonna Come, a rousing chorus in support of Kiszka’s impressive delivery. Meet on the Ledge is another though more balladic tangent from expectation, but not from their clear influences, and this is a great song cleverly interpreted, nice guitar work from brother Jake.

Jake Kiszka (guitar), Sam Kiszka (bass/keyboards), and Danny Wagner (drummer) make up the other part of this whole fine band, and the guys will surely one more and final time know precisely the recognisable niche they reside so confidently within, fully weaned and strutting.

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