War on Drugs-Slave Ambient

War on Drugs return with their second album ‘Slave Ambient’, the band which formally contained Kurt Vile, now has Adam Granduciel as its driving force and while maybe not as good as Vile’s ‘Smoke Ring for My Halo’ it isn’t dissimilar in style and is a good solid rock record. Playing up to the American idea of F.M. rock radio it’s easy to compare to Springsteen, Petty or even Dylan but War on Drugs also have a unique sound of their own developed over time into something that lifts them from the usual middle of the road rock by numbers. Just when you think you have the sound pegged they might throw in a strange synth or a country slide guitar which all just adds to the soaring sounds that stretches over these 47 minutes. With Spaceman 3/ Spirtualized moments that would make Jason Pierce proud there is real sense of an understanding of music structure, it doesn’t have to be all verse chorus verse, which might not get them too many radio plays but will gain them the upmost respect among fellow musicians, fans and those prepared to take a chance on a great record.

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