War on Drugs – Lost In The Dream

After several line ups, one famously including Kurt Vile, Adam Granduciel has now made ‘War on Drugs’ his own ‘Lost in the Dream’ is their third album and sees them settle on not just a band but a definite sound. Somewhere between The Hold Steady and Springsteen with a touch of Dylan’s delivery this is sixty minutes of meandering tunes that are uplifting and catchy. If you can imagine a seventies prog stadium band playing eighties music at a stoners pace and you are in the right ball park. Granduciel’s voice is getting better and has thankfully been pushed more up front in the mix but his tight band of musicians also deserve a nod. While no one would call songs that last 7 or 8 minutes lean there is feeling of speed to the compositions that doesn’t make them feel at all their length and despite being written after a break up the lyrics aren’t all as depressing as you might think, there is a lot of hope here. Basically if you liked ‘Slave Ambient’ then you are in for a real treat here as the War on Drugs grow into the band they always threatened they could be.


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