While opener Fate Of The Faithful and apt closer Farewell For Now have graceful retro rock presence, it's in the masterful The Archer and deliciously over the top first video Meeting The Master that this album's real virtue lies. The former is a candidate for the quartet's finest creation, the kind of weirdly timeless, skin-tingling anthem that invites each listener to invoke their own interpretation, while the latter is a glorious paean to the band’s justly beloved great outdoors.
Sacred The Thread offers more divine intervention, while on the notably more upfront The Falling Sky, they throw in a harmonica solo that somehow elevates rather than distracts. In contrast, the driving rock of Runway Blues seems a missed opportunity; a full pelt rocker that mysteriously melts away after a minute. No matter; Starcatcher is the work of a band not phased by success, but continuing to develop its art. With a nod to the classic rock that inspired them, Greta Van Fleet continue to contort those great influences in challenging and evocative new directions.
For fans of: Rush, Led Zeppelin, Rival Sons
Starcatcher is released on July 21 via Lava / Republic
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