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Tim Finn Listens To Greta Van Fleets' The Battle at Garden's Gate

Tim Finn Listens To Greta Van Fleets' The Battle at Garden's Gate

Posted by Timothy Finn (For over 20 years Tim was the Music Editor for the Kansas City Star and currently contributes to In Kansas City magazine and 90.9 the Bridge.) on 20th Apr 2021

GRETA VAN FLEET || The Battle at Garden's Gate

If you're here for more Led Zeppelin rehash/re-enactments, you're in luck: They indulge that thirst a few times (“Built By Nations”). But they've also expanded the menu to include other flavors of classic, heavy-rock bands. Beyond the Robert Plant/Led Zep tributes, Josh Kiszka and his mates issue sounds that resemble other heavyweights, like Rush, Slade, bits of Yes (when Kiska's falsetto goes into overdrive) and a hair-metal band or two (like Europe).

The execution is lean and spot-on – flawless, you could say. But that can't repair what ails “Garden's Gate” over the course of 12 songs and 63 minutes. including the dynamic but slow-moving closer, “The Weight of Demons,” which clocks in at nearly 9 minutes: The songwriting lacks innovation, definition, punch, flair or any sense of new or inspired direction.