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YMMV / Greta Van Fleet

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  • Broken Base: Between fans who think that they are too similar to Led Zeppelin (and, to a lesser extent, other 70s Classic Rock groups such as Aerosmith and Rush) and those who think that they are already unique enough.
  • Critical Dissonance: Despite mixed-to-negative reviews, the band managed to score a #3 album on the Billboard 200, which proceeded to stay on the chart for eleven weeks afterwards.
  • Face of the Band: Josh Kiszka.
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  • Guilty Pleasure: There are people who consider them to be imitative of Led Zeppelin, yet appreciate their musical abilities nonetheless.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Their name sounds like it should refer to a woman, not a group. On a whim, they named themselves after a resident of their hometown who they thought had a cool name (Gretna Van Fleet), without initially telling her - when they first started performing live, their namesake would be confused by acquaintances asking if she was planning on putting on a show.
  • Memetic Loser: Considered this by their vocal Hatedom. It’s become a bit of a joke to play a song by Led Zeppelin and then state that Greta Van Fleet did it instead.
  • Narm: Many consider their lyrics to be this, especially those incorporating fantasy or "hippie" themes. Nevertheless, countless fans adore them anyway.
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  • Overshadowed by Controversy: As explained above, the band is often criticized for sounding like Led Zeppelin and Josh in particular for sounding like Robert Plant and mimicking some of his gestures. Some argue it stalls the evolution of rock music, while some argue it's a nice change of pace. Their first album got a pretty uncompromisingly brutal review (mentioned below) from Pitchfork's Jeremy Larson, who labeled it 'half-baked boomer fetishism'. This review is either extremely funny or extremely pretentious depending on who you ask.
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off / They Copied It, So It Sucks!: Often accused (rightfully or not) of being this to Led Zeppelin. And that's all we have to say about that.
  • Snark Bait: Despite getting a #3 album on the Billboard 200 and four Grammy nominations (one of which they won), Anthem of the Peaceful Army was met with largely mixed-to-negative reception, including a now-infamous pan from Pitchfork.

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