The Battle at Garden's Gate

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The Battle at Garden's Gate
Greta Van Fleet - The Battle at Garden's Gate.png
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 16, 2021
Recorded2019–2020
StudioHenson Recording Studios (Los Angeles, California)
No Expectations Studios (Los Angeles, California)
Genre
Length63:32
LabelLava/Republic
ProducerGreg Kurstin
Greta Van Fleet chronology
Anthem of the Peaceful Army
(2018)
The Battle at Garden's Gate
(2021)
Singles from The Battle at Garden's Gate
  1. "My Way, Soon"
    Released: October 9, 2020
  2. "Age of Machine"
    Released: December 4, 2020
  3. "Heat Above"
    Released: February 10, 2021
  4. "Broken Bells"
    Released: March 19, 2021
  5. "Built By Nations"
    Released: 2021

The Battle at Garden's Gate is the second studio album by American rock band Greta Van Fleet, released on April 16, 2021.[1] The album's first single, "My Way, Soon", was released on October 9, 2020[2] and topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart in January 2021.

The album debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200 and number 1 on the Top Hard Rock Albums and Top Rock Albums with first week sales of 43,000.[3]

Background and recording[edit]

The band commenced on writing material for a second studio album directly after finishing their debut album, Anthem of the Peaceful Army, which released in October 2018.[4] As early as January 2019, bassist Sam Kiszka indicated that the album was scheduled for sometime in 2019 as well.[5] Recording sessions occurred in a concentrated 2-month period in mid-2019.[6] The album was recorded with musical producer Greg Kurstin, who at the time had worked with Foo Fighters on Concrete and Gold and Medicine at Midnight.[7]

Themes and composition[edit]

Early 2019 commentary from the band on the album noted that it would thematically have a "more worldly" feel than their prior work, inspired by the band's seeing the world through touring.[8] Additionally, they aimed to create "an evolution to their sound" after their prior album received a lot of commentary, both positive and negative, of being very similar to the work of other bands such as Led Zeppelin.[6] Upon the reveal of the album's name of The Battle at Garden's Gate in late 2020, they expanded on the themes, noting that it was "definitely a biblical reference" but that the album expanded well beyond that, into the idea of "ancient civilizations" and "parallel universe[s]".[9] The band explores the human experience, and how religion and war affect it.[7][9] The album was described as more dark, cinematic, and complicated than their prior album.[10] Seeing dark instances of poverty and famine while touring inspired its more dire sound.[11]

Release and promotion[edit]

The band released their first single from the album, "My Way, Soon", in October 2020.[7][12] The song was debuted and performed live on December 8 on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, complete with costumes and stage setup similar to 1970s' music programs.[12] A second song, "Age of Machine", was released in December 2020.[13] In January, "My Way, Soon" topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock songs chart, their fifth song to top the chart.[14]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic64/100[15]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[16]
Classic Rock[17]
Consequence of SoundB[18]
Exclaim!7/10[19]
Kerrang!4/5[20]
NME[21]
The Observer[22]
PopMatters3/10[23]
Rolling Stone[24]
Sputnikmusic4.0/5[25]

The album was featured in multiple "Most Anticipated Albums of 2021" lists, including from publications Rolling Stone,[26] Vulture,[27] and Ultimate Classic Rock.[28]

The guitar solo of "Age of Machine" was elected by Guitar World's readers as the best of 2021.[29]

Track listing[edit]

The Battle at Garden's Gate track listing[30]
No.TitleLength
1."Heat Above"5:40
2."My Way, Soon"4:15
3."Broken Bells"5:50
4."Built by Nations"3:58
5."Age of Machine"6:53
6."Tears of Rain"3:50
7."Stardust Chords"4:58
8."Light My Love"4:30
9."Caravel"4:55
10."The Barbarians"5:20
11."Trip the Light Fantastic"4:33
12."The Weight of Dreams"8:50
Total length:63:32
Japanese edition bonus tracks [31][32]
No.TitleLength
13."Heat Above" (Live version)5:48
14."Stardust Chords" (Live version)5:22
Total length:74:49

Personnel[edit]

Greta Van Fleet

  • Joshua Kiszka – vocals, background vocals
  • Jacob Kiszka – guitar, backing vocals
  • Samuel Kiszka – bass, keyboards, background vocals
  • Daniel Wagner – drums, background vocals

Additional musicians

  • Jacob Braun – cello (1, 3, 7, 8, 12)
  • Alma Fernandez – viola (1, 3, 7, 8, 12)
  • Charlie Bisharat – violin (1, 3, 7, 8, 12)
  • Songa Lee – violin (1, 3, 7, 8, 12)

Technical

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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