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Lost In The Dream

The War On Drugs

2014

Lost In The Dream

Album Summary

Lost in the Dream is the third studio album by American indie rock band The War on Drugs, released on March 18, 2014 through Secretly Canadian. The recording session, which took place over a two-year period, was characterized by numerous rewrites. The album's lyrical themes were influenced by the loneliness and depression Granduciel faced after he finished touring. Musically, the record was inspired by 1980s rock, as well as Americana, with influences coming from Bruce Springsteen, Spacemen 3 and Neil Young & Crazy Horse. The album debuted at number 26 on the Billboard 200 and received universal acclaim from critics upon its release, appearing on and topping numerous end-of-year lists of the best albums. Five promotional radio singles were released: "Red Eyes", "Under the Pressure", "Burning", "Eyes to the Wind", and "An Ocean in Between the Waves".

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Rating

3.45

Votes

4819

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
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Tue Dec 21 2021
2

I was excited after reading their extremely pretentious description on Spotify but the result is underwhelming. I was really hoping for some genre bending/blending, instead it's just a dylan/orbison/petty not-quite coverband that delves into sound scapes ala Wilco meets Brian Eno. Clearly skilled at recording and arrangement, but the drums are the same on every track (just different speed) and it kills the vibe for me. It ends up sounded very bland and kinda boring. It leans way too heavily on a Tom Petty/Orbison wilburys vibe for me. THere are moments where I'm excited for what might be coming only to be disappointed by the same bland pop beat, again.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

I listened to this album as I went for a walk. As the last song ended, the sun was setting. It was beautiful. This type of music is right up my alley, and I was not at all disappointed.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
2

Maybe I'm a grouch today. This isn't terrible but it's not doing much for me, I can't ever imagine choosing to listen to it again, and I'm feeling some resentment about listening to it. It's got a very strong Bryan Adams/Don Henley vibe and honestly I'd rather listen to one of them because then at least there'd be some nostalgia involved.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
2

War on 'meh'

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Wed Jan 26 2022
2

Snore on drugs 😴

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Sun Jan 30 2022
2

The same drums at different speeds, that kind of bleh feeling to it, just not for me.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
2

Don't think this will age well. 2.5/5

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Sun Mar 20 2022
2

It's just Don Henley as performed by the Killers. I've never understood the hype.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

Hey, isn't this song on that show about the horse from Horsin' Around? 'Under the pressure' started off the album strong for me. Overall pretty much my favorite kind of music to listen to while working.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

Pretty good but one of the 1,001???

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

And I thought Metallica's songs were long! This was a relaxing album but felt very long in the tooth. I could see it being great as background music while working but when focusing on it, there's a lot of empty space. Also the singer sounds like Bob Dylan. This is basically just Bob Dylan in space.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
2

Nice but fairly uninspiring.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
2

I really like the song "Red Eyes". The problem with these guys is that every song used the same template, chords, production values....everything. If you've heard one song, you've heard them all.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
2

All very pleasant but ultimately one dimensional

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Wed May 11 2022
2

I didn’t love this album, but didn’t hate it. Seemed like easy listening for aging indie rockers. Somehow, I felt like I was listening to Don Henley’s greatest hits. Which isn’t a terrible thing, but….

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Tue Jul 19 2022
2

If it's raining, and a nap is necessary, this might be a fit. Rather dull.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
1

Oh stop

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Wed Apr 13 2022
1

So far I hate this, it's boring AF. I don't understand why it's as popular as is seems to be, or why it's even on this list tbh.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
1

The album as a whole felt quite same to me. No track in particular stood out as something fresh and different, mostly just a similar song with a different tempo. Overall pretty disappointing sadly

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Wed Oct 19 2022
1

Booooooooring

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Thu Dec 16 2021
5

Empecé a escuchar a The War On Drugs apenas este verano por una rola en vivo que me salió en algún discovery o algo así y me latieron mucho (aunque sé que ya alguien me los había recomendado hace mucho). Luego agregué este disco a mi biblioteca, porque es el más popular, y desde entonces lo he oído muchas veces porque me gusta muchísimo. Por un lado, la voz melancólica y un poco rasposa, como un Bob Dylan más afinado, o un Bryan Adams más joven, me parece que cuadra perfecto con la música que es eterea sin llegar a aburrida. Las rolas tienen subidas y bajadas y momentos que jalan toda mi atención a guitarras que parecen sencillas pero no por eso son planas. Creo que, de las cosas contemporáneas que ha tenido la lista es por mucho la que más me ha gustado.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
5

Prachtig album. Hedendaagse indie-psychedelische Rock. Ik vond het al een topplaat bij het uitkomen, en nu dus nog altijd

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Wed Dec 22 2021
5

Great american rock album. deep, contemplative, emotional.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

Holy shit it's so good

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Sun Jan 02 2022
5

What a surprise! Loved this!

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

Fantastic TWOD record.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

Wonderful from start to finish

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

Absolute stone cold classic

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Thu Jan 27 2022
5

⭐ Hop là la 6eme étoile ! En voyant un album d'1h j'avais un peu la flemme, mais en fait c'était une des meilleures heures de 2022 pour l'instant donc c'est OK. En plus certains sons sont respirables (sav). Après, mes titres likés c'est Suffering, Disappearing et The Haunting Idle, je sais pas trop comment l'interpréter.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
5

Ça me rappelle quand j'étais heureux

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

muuuito bom!

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

Incredible. No one knows how to build-up a song like The War on Drugs.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

This album was warm and perfect for the day and has become more and more appealing with each listen. It does have a pensive 80s vibe and has little hints of the decade (most notably for me with "Burning" reminding me of Rod Stewart's "Young Turks"). I guess that's why it does have a nostalgic feel to it while also feeling quite spot on for today. I like all the moods presented here, so it is hard to pick a favorite representative track.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
5

Daydream-y, melodic and melancholic.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

Chill AF

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Sun Mar 20 2022
5

An amazing album I haven’t heard of the band before but the album is very good good with a lot of great songs and an album I highly recommend

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

I must have some form of OCD. I'll get obsessed with an album for a few weeks and listen to constantly. This one of them. Bob Dylan blended with Jamtronica. Great stuff and from Philly.

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

I’m quite proud of the legacy of music my Baby Boomer generation shared; but, the riches didn’t stop with us. The next time I hear a Boomer grouse about the pitiful state of contemporary music, I’m going to sit ‘em down, tape their mouth shut, and put on 'Lost In The Dream,' preferably with headphones, and turned up loud. Where has this band been, I began to ask, then aimed it at myself as well: where have I been? I’m no conscientious objector regarding the original war on drugs. I chose my side years ago. But apparently, these young comrades have been fighting on the same side, just over the hill and across the valley. Who knew the locations of our tours of duty were so close? ‘Haven’t lost it all, my friend, just a bit run down at the moment. Yeah, I’m living alone in here, living in darkness (‘Eyes to the Wind’).’ Lest you think that’s depression talking, or at least predominantly so, I believe lyricist and vocalist Adam Granduciel actually intends this lyric to be heard as a recognition of the value of periodic times of withdrawal for a little r&r, rest and recovery. And the music itself, not only in this song, but throughout the entire album is similarly restful, and beautiful, and optimistic in spite of the struggles life sometimes demands from us. There are notes of Dylan (both Bob and Jacob), Sigur Ros, early Dire Straits, Pink Floyd (right in the 1970s sweet spot), and the ambient works of artists like Steve Roach and Brian Eno. 'Lost In The Dream' is perfectly titled. And the band is patient with itself, taking time for the songs to develop. Great care has obviously been taken to pace things unhurried. Along with Granduciel’s sublime arrangements, the recording crew should all be given Grammys for their work. The mixing on this thing was superb, dozens of instruments (pedal steel, baritone sax, Leslie guitar, fretless bass, synths, ‘little tinkling bells’ sounding guitar?, to name a few) floating in and out, like waves breaking, then receding on the beach. In fact, the final track even features the sounds of crashing waves. Some of the songs offer downtempo deliciousness, like melted caramel in your ears, while others are more uptempo but never busy. The swirl of sounds is simply breathtaking. This would be wonderful to listen to on a long drive, but I’d rather be the passenger, so I could immerse myself in it’s atmospheric glory. Lyrically, Granduciel seems to be mostly dealing with themes of weariness and depression. I understand this LP was composed following almost a year of touring, and having a hard time adjusting to life off the road, he later recounted that he began ‘to spiral into emotional distress and physical manifestations of depression and paranoia.’ That’s definitely felt in spite of the fact that some of the lyrics are rather surreal, and don’t lend themselves to immediate interpretation, but that’s not a bad thing at all. Like the music itself, the lyrics require some patience to ponder. From ‘Suffering’: ‘Why be here when we’re both gonna fake it anyway? No more try to hear killing your goal mean I can be bigger than the tones in the moments of suffering.’ Some of the word pictures he paints are like brushes across a canvas- this one from ‘An Ocean In Between the Waves’: ‘I’m at the darkened hillside and there’s a haze right between the trees, and I can barely see you. You’re like an ocean in between the waves.’ I was about half way through the LP when I noticed that Granduciel isn’t really concerned with rhyme. Nor is he particularly careful about pitch perfect. He sometimes slides up to a note, ala Dylan. Sometimes the vocals are near lost in the mix, heavily effected, but others clear as a bell. It all works. I believe he’s partly addressing his relationship with a lover (ex? current?) on quite a few of these songs, but also, perhaps, the relationship with his own spirit. He concludes the LP with this gem: ‘I don’t mind you disappearing when I know you can be found… I’ll be here or I’ll fade away. Never cared about moving, never cared about now, not the notes I’m playing. Is there room in the dark, in between the changes? Like a light that’s drifting, in reverse I’m moving.’ I’ll be pondering that for the remainder of the day, but my immediate thought is that he’s struggling to practice a healthy detachment with regards to external circumstances (rather than bitter resignation or dulled apathy), in an effort to dig deeper inside and rescue his wounded, retreated spirit. It is possible to find the inner peace and joy that lives within each one of us in the midst of troubled and sorrowful circumstances. And when he finds that inner spirit, and his music suggests he’s probably already on the right path, then he will be unbreakable, even ‘under the pressure.’ (The title of the first song.) Fellow (& sister) Boomers, hear me: 'Dark Side Of The Moon' is one of my (and our) favorite LPS of all time. 'Lost In The Dream' is every bit as good; maybe, in some ways, even better.

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Mon May 02 2022
5

First time of listening, great faux Dylan lyrical style, loved the whole album.

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Sat May 21 2022
5

5 stars

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Tue May 24 2022
5

I was shocked to see this make the list. I love this album and it’s hard to determine if I prefer this one or a deeper understanding. They are both great, smooth instrumentals to a t. I can’t and do listen to this album all the time. 9.0/10

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Tue May 31 2022
5

9/10. This was really nice, I'd like to relisten when I have more time to listen to the lyrics

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Thu Jun 16 2022
5

Išla bi u rat za ovaj album. Al na droge

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

A nostalgic ode to 80s rock that's as inspired and well executed as the artists that came before it.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

Прекрасно.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

Like driving through the desert at night, in the summer

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Mon Jun 06 2022
5

When you're great, everyone wants to dim your shine. Sure, they can call it Dad rock or whatever. They can say it's derivative. They're all wrong. The haters. I've seen Under the Pressure played live. And it has evolved from this early album. It is much glossier now than this bare bones version. "I'm in my finest hour. Can I be more than just a fool?" Yeah man. You are alright. The Haunting Idle is a truly epic intro and then, it leaves you there idling like a chef who uses the precisely correct amount of salt and leaves you hungry. And then Burning comes in like Rod Stewart in Young Turks and I am second guessing my defense of their originality, but then it meanders elsewhere.. Technically some of the most persuasive guitar sounds and crisp drum work from a currently working band. War on Drugs will be a band our children will know and respect. They will listen to it to try to understand who we were. This album is a great example of why I love music.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

An album for a specific mood, feels like a soundtrack to a great movie

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

Wow, what a mellow yet beautiful walk through this mystical soundscape. Deep and rich with an almost trance-like peace. Track 5 titled, “Disappearing” was my favorite.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

This is one of those albums that makes this project so ace - I had only a vague notion of The War on Drugs (the band) prior to this recommendation. Pulsating, haunting indie rock, right up my street. Boom!

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Sat Aug 13 2022
5

I love this album. I listened to it a lot growing up and holds a special place in my heart. (This sounded cringe for some reason)

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

I already had a bunch of these songs in my favourites. Nice to listen to the album

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Probably a 4.5 but I love this album / band so….

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

idk yet

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

Good for daytime listening

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

"Standing in the wake of our pain." This album is about the journey down the slope beyond the peak of some past trauma. The acknowledgement that something painful has happened, and there's no point denying it, but we're going to make it through. Ride this out with me. Life is worth it. It approaches the pain of the past, not with denial, but with warmth. And hey, maybe we'll experience pain again, but we can learn from it, and take strength from it. "we won't get lost inside it all again" Cross the bridge To redefine your pain Then the answer is in your heart Wide awake I rearrange the way I listen in the dark Dreaming of starting up again Musically there isn't really anything in the way of hooks. You won't have any catchy choruses in your head after a couple of listens. I imagine this won't be a popular album on this project. Everything just flows into each other. If you're trying to listen to everything once in your lunch break or something, and you're not feeling it, this will just pass you by. If you are feeling it though, you can catch the mood that this album puts out any time you want, and it won't get old. These aren't songs with a verse sticky taped onto a chorus, and oh here comes that verse again, oh yep chorus now, oh gosh it's middle eight time! These songs grow and evolve over their life. You don't become too overly familiar with any one component after a handful of listens. There is texture and evolution. This gives this album a longevity that a lot of catchy pop albums won't have (and I love a catchy pop album, don't get me wrong). This is also why the song length doesn't matter too much. They're not trying to constantly repackage the same riff or vocal hook or change or whatever. The songs flow like a river. It's the same theme, but that water isn't coming back upstream, it's gone. It's about the journey and the motion. Elements are introduced and other elements fade away, not with dramatic changes, but with a kind of natural feeling imperceptibility. You notice the mood change more than you notice the elements that go into it. More than most of the albums we've had so far, this is best experienced "as an album". The songs flow into each other. If you're listening on something that doesn't add annoying gaps of silence between songs, the way that The Haunting Idle flows into Burning is amazing. Good album imo.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

Great vibe, love the whole album.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

All time favourite

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

love. v chill

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Another perfect distillation of the defining sound of the mid 20s - it made us feel it all, in earnest. It's hard to know what a decade will sound like until you're well and truly planted in the next. I can tell you what the 80s sounded like, I can tell you what the 90s sounded like, and maybe this is what I'll tell you the 20s sounded like.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

Love!

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

Let me take you back in time, to the mid 90s. After suffering through "liking" music because everyone else thought it was cool (C&C Music Factory, anyone?) and then veering towards my dorm mates' penchant for early 90s hippy tunes (Phish, anyone?), one summer I discovered CD101, the new alternative station in Columbus, OH. It was sooo cool - nothing but new alternative. Low budget, but it wasn't 'corporate'. It was a DJ hanging out somewhere actually playing tracks off CDs (or so we were led to believe). They had the Andyman-athon at Christmas, and sponsored the Blue Jackets New Year's Eve event (hockey + swing dancing, awesome!). There was nothing cooler than having the oval CD101 sticker on your car. My point? Well, it was music like this. 10 years earlier, of course, but like this. You felt cool. You felt plugged in. Cranking that radio with the windows down, cruising down I-70 around the Miller-Kelton exchange on your way back from the Howl at the Moon Saloon (dueling pianos, anyone?) with the coolest tunes blaring. Man, that was the life. Then, the crapfest of the late 90s and early aughts intervened, and man that was bad. But around 2010 it the feeling started to come back - the music, at least some music, got good again. I wasn't hearing it on Mix 101, of course (the very definition of corporate radio, they ain't no CD101), but I grabbed a few of Amazon's free songs of the day, and it came roaring back. "It's been a year" by Greg Laswell. "Walk on Water" by Bad Lieutenant (the dudes from New Order). "Born Losers" by Matthew Good - holy cow. "When the lights come on this whole place gets ugly; but when they're out strangers fall in love...New Order's on the turn table we're dancing; cause what else do you do when you don't talk?". Damn. Even "Babylon" by David Gray. That's what this reminds me of. I didn't think anything could unseat Janelle as my favorite album from this so far, but The War on Drugs has done it. Hey Mix101, how's about a little less Sam Smith and a little (lot) more of this? 5/5

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Fri Oct 14 2022
5

The tones! The toooooones!!!!

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

Dreamy, sad, emotional, lovely, this is a very evocative album and a totally unexpected delight. Reminiscent of Public Service Broadcasting with live vocals, and a bit Bob Dillony in places, it is beautifully crafted, subtle, textured, and chock-full of melody. I couldn't make out many of the lyrics, but for some reason it transported me to a sunset, perhaps over the main stage of a festival or overlooking a harbour full of fishing boats. Atmospheric. Rating: 4.5/5 Playlist track: Under the Pressure Date listened: 17/10/22

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Sun Oct 23 2022
5

I absolutely love Adam's voice and the soft ethereal folk-rock style that still has a driving energy. This really comes together for me. I've enjoyed this and have just put it on repeat all day.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
5

Geweldig. Dit album heeft altijd iets speciaals voor mij. Kan niet precies zeggen wat dat nou is, en ik snap ook de mensen die zeggen dat het saai is, en veel van hetzelfde, maar voor mij werkt het. Red Eyes is een nummer wat heel hoog in mijn lijst van favoriete nummers staat.

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Sat Nov 05 2022
5

This album took me somewhere. Soulful and deep. Grateful that it was my first album of this challenge.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

Every second of this fucks

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Sat Nov 19 2022
5

Indie rock, psychedelic rock. Precioso.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
5

Yeah, this the one

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

Loved it. Kind of U2 meets Springsteen vibe

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Liked this a lot! Krautrocky rhythms overlaid with dreamy vocals and slide guitar - a very pleasant experience. Mostly preferred the more uptempo songs to the slower ones, but appreciate how it all blends together. Fave track - "An Ocean In Between The Waves" maybe? This album is more about the album than individual tracks, though....

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

So fun to get albums I love on this list. I've been a fan of the The War on Drugs (the band, not the concept) since A Deeper Understanding, and their latest is among my favorite albums this year. Adam Granduciel has such a cool voice, reminiscent of guys like Bob Dylan and Lou Reed, or contemporary Kurt Vile. Just a unique, unmistakable sound. I remember this album getting loads of critical acclaim back in 2014, and I wasn't on board then, but anytime I give this another shot I find more to love. These guys balance wistfulness and triumph extremely well. Favorite tracks: Red Eyes, Burning, Lost in the Dream, Eyes to the Wind, In Reverse, An Ocean In Between the Waves. Album art: Very contemplative shot, love the degraded colors and the light/dark contrast. I got annoyed seeing this back in 2014 when I wasn't into it, but now it's comforting. 4.5/5

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

New band for my favourites. Like it a lot. Reminds me of Ryan Adam's 1979.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Great sound. Really liked it.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

First time hearing this album and I really enjoyed it. Some of the songs may be a bit long, but overall it's very enjoyable. Sort of a throwback rock album, which is rare to hear from newer music!

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

This is one I had listened to before. It scratches that Tom Petty itch for me.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

Great

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Is revisit this. Good chilled out album with a definite 80s soft rock feel.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Cool album, big sounds. A great Alt music album. did lose interest at times in the middle to 2nd half of the record but in definitely think I'll be listening to this one again

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

All very pleasant. I didn’t have a full hour to listen through, but I don’t think I’ll have missed much. I’ll try and come back to this one.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

A kind of peaceful album that was nice to listen to. No recognized songs

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Spectacular! Came right away to in the perfect time, a very cold winter, specially beautiful guitars and reverbs.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Very good indie music. I liked it.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

un peu long mais un feeling que moi de 2014 aurait bien aimé

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

I dig it. I wouldn't call it incredible or anything, though

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

4,5

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

I haven’t ever heard of this band before, but seconds into the first song I was pretty sure I liked them. “Under the Pressure” instantly drew me in. I was shocked to realize this song is over 9 minutes and I hadn’t checked my watch. Most of the songs on the album take you on a dreamy, uptempo and, at times, soaring journey with the drum tracks pulling a wall of music in their wake. The often ethereal vocals slide in and out without disrupting the flow of the music. It’s a style that really works well for me. There’s a lot to like in the slower songs on this album as well. “Suffering” and “Lost in the Dream” roll in like a fog around you. Both are really beautiful tracks. LOST IN THE DREAM doesn’t jump out and demand attention but lures you in with a cool, unhurried vibe. This will be an easy album to put on an revisit often.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Philly represent

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Had this on in the background and it was a steady flow of good music through the post album shuffle

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

I can got down with this. Not their absolute best album in my opinion but definitely emblematic of their distinctive sound. Their music is like a cold dark cave, but from which you can look out and see the stars.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

Very pretty

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

the war on drugs q deu certo ✌️

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

parabéns às drogas, que por mais um ano, venceram a guerra às drogas 😭😭😭

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Ah look, I know this is good. I've played it through 5 times now. It's just... Pretty indistinguishable. Every track. Just a decent 4/5 track. Over and over again. Consistent.

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Sun Mar 13 2022
4

You know an album is good when you hear the songs for the first time and you tell yourself "I'm gonna have to go back and listen to this again" that's how it is for me with this album. This has The Verve's Urban Hymns murkiness all over it (a good thing) with instruments buried in the mix so low that you may not here what their playing the first time. I love "A Deeper Understanding" but wasn't impressed with "I Don't Live Here Anymore" Adam Granduciel's vocals remind me of a cross between Dwight Twilley and Daniel Lanois (again, a good thing) This is definitely a 1001 album you must hear before you die.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

One of my favorite indie adjacent albums of the last ten years. Under the Pressure was an integral song during the biggest depression of my life. This album has a great vibe and it feels good to listen to it.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Was not too stoked on the lyrics but the music was tight

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

It was okay, but nothing particularly special

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

Big step up from previous records, this is mature and interesting and (befitting the title) a little dream-like. “Under the Pressure” is great here but has been elevated to epic proportions live. “Suffering” is also great. The rest of the record sets a mood, contemplative and near trance-like at times, but driving at others. There’s an expansiveness to the songs and the playing that seems like a perfect balance of the auteur effect and jam band tendencies. Subsequent records are even better – further growth – but this is an easy, straight-up 4.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

Good stuff, liked it originally, still does goes stuff for me

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

I like this album. The atmospherics give it a Daniel Lanois vibe. His voice has a dylanesque drawl which is appealing. The songs are generally strong especially Under Pressure, Red Eyes, Burning and in Reverse. The guitar sound is also notable. It does get a little same by the end but the strong songwriting keeps it interesting. 3.75 stars.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

3.8

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Tue May 03 2022
4

This is The War on Drugs' third album and was inspired (if that's the right word) from lead singer and guitarist Adam Granduciel's bout with depression and loneliness after a long tour. The War on Drugs' music (at least the early stuff) has a dreamy, ambient feel to it. Their best songs tend to be ones that start slow and build and there are a number of those songs on this album which is probably my favorite from them. Their music is compared to various artists and music of the 80's. Yeah, I guess; if you dig you can pick out some influences of 80's artists. Though, I get a lot more from the their last album "I Don't Live Here Anymore." Their three big (relatively speaking) and my favorite songs from the album are "Under the Pressure", "Red Eyes," and "An Ocean in Between the Waves." They start slow and build with guitars, keyboards and piano to a jam. Some may say the last three minutes of "Under the Pressure" is basically a filler with ambient music. I'd agree. Alright, I went digging for 80's sounds in some of these songs. This is what I heard. The beat in "Disappearing" does resemble Tears for Fears' "Pale Shelter." Respectable. I heard Bob Seger in "Eyes to the Wind" specifically "Against the Wind". OK. And finally I did not hear Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" in "Disappearing" but more of a Rod Srewart's " Young Turks." Ouch! Overall, I've always liked this album. It has a definite chill kind of mood and maybe The War on Drugs' best album in achieving that state.

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Fri May 13 2022
4

I love this album. I think it feels very much like classic rock in the vein of Springsteen, but mixes in enough modern indie rock influences to keep it interesting for me.

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Tue May 17 2022
4

Really enjoyable album. Very re-listenable. Not my usual style, maybe a bit light for me, but added.

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Fri May 20 2022
4

Pretty good, pleasant listening experience

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Wed May 25 2022
4

Rätt bra

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Wed May 25 2022
4

4.5

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

I really dig the atmosphere of this album. There isn’t much too intricate or complicated. However the layering of piano/synth with the guitar, and to a lesser degree the drums, makes me happy. I’m not sure how else to put it. A couple nitpicks are that some of the tracks are a bit long and could be shortened. Suffering is a miss too. Cut that song out and trine another 5-10 minutes off smartly and I think this album could border on being great. Nitpicks aside, I just want to lay back at night on a muggy summer day, close my eyes, and enjoy this some more.

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

The War on Drugs has been a massive failure. I mean, it’s kind of dumb anyway to declare war on something that can’t surrender or sign a treaty anyway (the US hasn’t actually declared a military war since WWII), but the War on Drugs is worse than that. It has caused prison populations to explode, created a school to prison pipeline, and shattered communities. And people still use drugs! So thanks tough-on-crime Republicans, and the Democrats that went along with them (and sometimes even made it worse), for 45 years of cruel, insensitive, and just plain stupid policy. War on Drugs the band is a very different story, and a massive success. I’ve loved “Under the Pressure,” “Red Eyes,” and a few other War on Drugs songs from other albums, but never sought out a full album. While I really enjoyed “Lost in the Dream” overall, I found it to the the opposite of The Hives’ “Your New Favorite Band” - two singles to start the record, but while The Hives got better, War on Drugs never quite reached those highs again. While neither are my new favorite band, they are both bands I’ll be listening to more of.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

I like

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

This is a perfect album for cruising around in the summer

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Sun Jun 12 2022
4

Nice music, songs felt too long sometimes.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
4

Love this band and album, they're sound is both ethereal and immediate.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

Bob Dylan vibes? 3 Nothing special, "Red Eyes" has great energy though. "In Reverse" really touched me too.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

Easy listening, in the good way.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

A very laid back album, but with a early 2000s indie feel to me. "Red Eyes" and "Suffering" my favourite tracks and would happily listen to the entire album again.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

Mysig köra-bil-rock

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Sun Jul 10 2022
4

I enjoyed this one a lot! Will definitely listen to more of this band.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

Liked the album. Moody/emo vibe

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

Awesome

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

I like it! First time I listened was with headphones, really good!

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

Love the dark and introspective songwriting, not big on the bubbly millennial indie-rock sound.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

Beautiful album worth another listen-thru, I think. I can totally here the 80s themes. Like, totally.

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Tue Aug 16 2022
4

Nice and dreamy - didn’t expect this sound and somehow this band completely flew under my radar apart from spotting it on festival lineups. It’s and 80s kind of sound and Adam’s vocals sound like a mix of Bob Dylan’s, Mark Knopfler and a Young Turks era Rod Stewart yet strangely skirting being derivative. The record tapers a bit towards the second half but the first half is banger after banger.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Enjoyed this one a lot, a great sense of energy and forward momentum, which works well to balance out the at-times bleak and depressing writing. Most songs just ooze atmosphere (Under The Pressure, Red Eyes, The Haunting Idle) and there is fantastic playing throughout the whole album.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

Rock planant qui passse tres biens, a réécouter ça aussi, c'est bien produit j'aime bien ce qu'ils proposent

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Could quite easuly be an album from the late 70s. Decent album and one I'll likely listen to again, but to me it's more "background" music than music I'd set aside time to listen to.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

So sweet, I love the nostalgic tone, especially on "Burning" and "Red Eyes".

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Sun Sep 18 2022
4

I got this on vinyl. Good vibes great album.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

Nice atmospheric stuff

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Much better than Ronald Reagan's war on drugs but nowhere near as good as that song what Grange Hill did: https://youtu.be/kkQXnQ0plDA Thought provoking, emotive stuff I am sure you will agree. Grange Hill I mean not Adam Granduciel and his mates. Obviously.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
4

Really good indie rock album. Lacking a bit of variety, but still quite enjoyable.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
4

Charming soundscapes created here, dreamlike, well crafted, perhaps a little unmemorable at times but a good album nevertheless.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

A definite winner! Another band I'd heard a few songs from and enjoyed, but in this case, I really liked a lot of the songs I hadn't heard before even better. Though, some of the super sleepy, ambient stuff, I could do without.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

loved

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Sat Oct 15 2022
4

Really good album. It’s often a mix of bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen instrumentation, if they were updated for the 2010s. I like the spacey feel of the whole thing. 8/10

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Pretty darn good. 4 stars.

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Sat Oct 22 2022
4

Very moody. Bob Dylan mixed with Bruce Springsteen mixed with Wilco mixed with the 80s echo sound. Would be a great road trip album.

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

I used to listen to Goodbye Jumbo a lot. This reminded me of that. It's a "big band" rock sound, as exhibited in Red Eyes. Suffering and the Haunting Idle, a bit less so. Enjoyable, nevertheless.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

Surprisingly nice album to listen to; the whole album has a certain vibe that catches you by surprise. I will say thought that most of the songs sounded very similarly, thought. 8/10.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

good one, even without kurt vile

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

Nice. Discovering new bands like this are why we use this generator.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

This album is a blend of easy listening and hardcore rock stylings. In addition to thriving as a live group, but also as an experimental venture this group has the lyrical and musical prowess to soar beyond one genre or mood.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
4

This one was surprisingly good. It felt like a modern Bob Dylan meets Bruce Springsteen. Yes, at times I felt like the lead singer was trying too hard to emulate Dylan's voice (or Springsteen's shrieks) but there was a really cool blend of soft guitar and percussions, synth and piano/keys, raspy vocals, and solid lyrics. I really nice twist on (or evolution of) Americana rock. The album had me paying attention right from get go with Under the Pressure and Red Eyes; other notables included An Ocean in Between the Waves, Disappearing, The Haunting Idle, and Burning.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
4

I first came across The War On Drugs as Diane Nguyen dropped Bojack Horseman off in rehab at the end of series 5 of, well, Bojack Horseman. It's a scene that more or less stopped me dead, being a perfect culmination to a near-perfect series of a near-perfect tellyshow. Unsurprisingly, the music selection was near-perfect. The album though - well... I like it. It's like Dire Straits came back from the early 1980s, stopped off in the early-mid 2000s and picked up Death Cab for Cutie then had an illegitimate love-child called The War On Drugs. I like it a lot. But I'd not choose to listen to it when I wanted to be lifted, spiritually or emotionally, to a happier place.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
4

I used to have an app on my phone by Brian Eno called Bloom, which I spent a lot of time goofing around with. I'm not Tom Petty, but if I was then this album probably would have been the result of all those pleasantly wasted afternoons. A pretty album, relaxing, easy to listen to. On first listen I find it good not great, but I may well come back to it and let it grow on me. On the other hand, the prominent repetitive drum track might break me if I listen again. 3.5 stars rounding down for percussion. Update: rounding up, I let it grow on me.

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Tue Nov 22 2022
4

In Reverse is among the greatest songs ever made. Okay we got that out of the way up front. I’m no stranger to The war on drugs. I’ve been a fan for a half a decade now. This album in particular is very deserving to be on this list. Not only does it put The War on Drugs on the map, but it seems to be the one where they found themselves, and have been confidently creating from this vein since. This is one that will spark the same feelings from the time you first listened to it. For me it was in a time where I was making a lot of new friends and making music videos for my friend new album and we talked a lot about this band. When I listen to this I get all those feelings of excitement, creativity, and remembering what’s important. It’s not a perfect album, I still get just a touch bored in the middle. But the first half and back half are filled with some of their best jams and will keep you coming back.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

This LP, unlike Ghosteen, I did see on all the critics lists when it came out and I ended up listening to “Red Eyes” a fair bit. I can hear some Arcade Fire influence in that song and Bob Dylan, especially in “In Reverse". After reading that Adam G said he was influenced by The Waterboys, the vocalist similarities became obvious, in fact my co-judge said this sounded like “Mike Scott’s new band.” So, comparing this to the superb “Fisherman's Blues” which we were sent a few weeks ago, I would say that the songs from “Lost in the Dream” by comparison, seem to be cast from the same mould. They have the same desolate feel – to make songs more up-tempo they just add a faster beat. They said, I do like the mood and instrumentation, especially the guitar work. Between a 3 and a 4 for me. I’m wondering if we’ll ever see his buddy and x-bandmate, Kurt Vile on 1001?

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Tue Nov 29 2022
4

An absolute peach - particularly at this time of year when the nights are long and the air is cold. A warm, mellow sound to sink into.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

Bastante agradable de inicio aunque las tres veces que lo escuché no logró mantener mi atención.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

3.5 | Sin conocimiento de la banda ni del disco, se me hizo un disco bastante decente, se sienten claras las influencias (a veces demasiado) tipo Springsteen o Young y, aunque tiene una cantidad de ratos medio sedados y que no proponen mucho se me hace una producción muy limpia con un sonido que llamaría panorámico. Solos de guitarra interesantes y momentos también explosivos. No me encanta del todo la manera de cantar pero el disco como tal fluye y fluye correcto. Fue bastante agradable para trabajar, no pensaría que es ni cerca del pináculo de ese estilo de "Americana" al que se apega tanto, pero funciona correctamente.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
3

It's a decent album, nothing really bad about it, but it's just kind of bland. Songs that seem to go on and on. Pleasant to listen to but just sort of boring. 2.5 stars, rounding up to 3 because I feel generous.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

Indie. Ni fu ni fa.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
3

3.5. Disco muy homogéneo y ambiental. Buen rollo para tener de fondo. Under the pressure y eyes to the wind las mejores en un primer contacto.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
3

Yeah pretty good, nothing earth-shaking

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Mon Jan 10 2022
3

wasn't expecting to like it, long tracks but good listen

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Mon Jan 17 2022
3

Super easy to listen to. Good vibes ✌🏼 let's get lost in a dream babyyyy.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Nice

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Not bad a bit mellow

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

Trim some songs down and this could have been higher.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

Not sure if I've never heard of the band before, or just didn't recognize the band name as a band name. The latter seems more likely. It's a pretty recent album and I really don't think it's inclusion is warranted. The singer has a good voice and the album probably takes up a particular niche in the music scene of the last years. But the reason that niche might still have been free might simply be that it's not very interesting. Previous decades had more than their fill of this sort of album and most likely with more interesting instrumentation. Yes, the minimalist bare bones approach in instrumentation and mixing help highlight the voice - but they are also very boring. Please turn that war up a couple of notches next time guys.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
3

When the album first started, it seemed to be a very familiar sound to me...although I don't think I have ever heard of the album nor artist. That familiarity was kind of comforting. Then as I listened a second and third time, it became less and less meaningful...kind of just bland. If I hear any tracks from the album in the future, there is a good chance that I may not even notice it in the background. I think I will have a response like "Meh, I think I have heard this before, but I don't think I really care..."

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Sat Feb 05 2022
3

mostly cheesy but really liked some of the more instrumental ambient tracks

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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

As a guitarist the album is brilliant for painting dreamy fuzzy guitar filled landscapes, but as a listener the songs don’t really DO anything. They feel a bit lacklustre and drag on way too long. It’s a weird one, one half of me really enjoyed the loose and spacious atmosphere created by his guitar pedals, but the other half of me was bored out of my mind. 3/5 - Great music to fall asleep to.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
3

Another mediocre album. It wasn't awful, but I can't imagine I'd ever go back and listen to it again.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

The guy who wrote this list certainly has a type where indie rock is concerned. I liked this pretty well, but the limitations of the vocalist detracted from the music a bit for me, and rendered most of the lyrics indistinguishable. So if they were clever, they were lost on me.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

Bom. Mas não ouvi muito.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

I want to like it more than I do. I do like it, but it's just sort of "there". Doesn't excite me or move me. It's kind of that 2010 era of indie sensibility that is somewhat interesting and yet very palatable, which I think compromises too much on accessibility, at least for me.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

This is what I wish Jakob Dylan and The Wallflowers sounded like.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
3

Not great... 3?

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Tue Feb 22 2022
3

Nothing of note, good nor bad.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
3

Daora, mas quando cheguei na última faixa, já não me lembrava nenhuma das outras anteriores. Mas escutarei novamente em algum ponto no futuro.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
3

It’s nice but not for all the fuzz around it

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

First time with this band.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

I liked their sound but I didn't really hear anything distinctive.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
3

They try a few different styles, but none work particularly well. Only "An Ocean in Between the Waves" and maybe "Lost in a Dream" are fairly good tracks, in my opinion.3

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

Didn't hate it. Album moved along and each song was as strong as the next. But in the end it's a one and done for me.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
3

Rating: 6/10

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Tue Mar 22 2022
3

3/5

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Tue Mar 22 2022
3

Ranges between a sort of soft rock sound (meh) to a Vapor Wave sound (fuckin rules) Overall a lot more enjoyable than I thought it would be

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Tue Mar 22 2022
3

‘Burning’ sounds like a Bruce Springsteen song but I enjoyed listening to it so three stars

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Tue Mar 22 2022
3

Listening to this for a second time, I think I realised why I hadn't previously listened to this for a second time. Goddamn but these songs are just wiltingly long. I like the basic material they're made from—the tunes are good and I enjoy the crossover of 2010s indie with 80s classic rock—but they didn't need to be *quite* so much as they are...

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

Very ethereal, but ultimately it tries too hard to emulate that New Wave-style synth sound from the 80s and ends up being forgettable in places. Standout tracks: Red Eyes Eyes to the Wind Lost in the Dream

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

Never heard of this. Thought I'd hate it. Actually really enjoyed it. I'm not sure why - it was just pleasant to listen to. Nothing earth shattering, just well-executed artsy rock stuff.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

A more recent band for this list. I bought this record when it was released and still go to it a few times a year. It's nice and chill, but with a lot happening. I'm glad Adam Granduciel made a record that got him a first date with Krysten Ritter, too. I think they're still together. Good job, pal. His guitar rig is incredible. Like so many signal paths routed through several very nice guitar amps. I like that his vocals are a blend of The Boss and Dylan.

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Sun Mar 27 2022
3

Nice

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Tue Apr 19 2022
3

From what I heard they were pretty good, I'll certainly listen to this again

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Mon Apr 25 2022
3

This starts off nice and smooth. It's an easy listen, harkening back to 70s/80s singer / songwriter FM rock, Bob Segar and Jackson Brown come to mind. This is my first experience with The War On Drugs, and it was pleasant and soothing. 3/5.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

I went in with an open mind, but while not bad, I wasn’t impressed. Just sounds like a modern Dire Straits.

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Wed May 11 2022
3

Enjoyable, pleasant to the ear but didn’t set the Heather alight

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Thu May 12 2022
3

Very chill and slow. I can enjoy this kind of music as background music but It didn't feel like anything more than that. Burning was probably the most memorable song from the Album but it felt like the album was meant to be listened to in its entirety. Album probably a 2.5 but ill give it a 3

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Mon May 16 2022
3

Generally, The War On Drugs does nothing for me, yet I can see why this album is recognized as Granduciel's biggest achievement yet. It's just that, apart from some highlights here and there in those looooong tracks (see "Red Eyes" or "The Ocean Between The Waves", for instance), the music on *Lost In The Dream* is just too 'one-note' compared to things I usually like (okay, two-notes, as in "the same two chords" repeated and then transposed all over a song, ha ha). Lyrics are fine, with some striking one-liners here and there. Yet most of the compositions and arrangements are just too linear to seal the deal for me. Granduciel does his best Dylan impression on opener "Under The Pressure", then channels his inner Springsteen on " Red Eyes", often to great effects. But as much as I can appreciate those references, and as nice as this album *sounds* overall, its second part tends to fade away into the background as it drones on, one track blurring into the next without making much of a difference. I always try to keep an open mind, but clearly, I don't see what the fuss is all about with this borderline "bland"- band. I might reconsider that take, though, and so leave the door open for other listens. In the realm of acts inspired by Springsteen and the likes, I guess you can still consider "Lost In the Dream" as better than anything The Killers ever recorded, for instance. That's gotta count for something, right? :D Number of albums left to review or just listen to:  more than 900, I've temporarily lost count here. Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens:  approximately a half so far. Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter (including this one). Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter.

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Tue May 17 2022
3

The Dire Straits it's cool to like. Reverb, motorik beats and synths. There are some good tunes here but they can start to blend together. Best Tracks: Under The Pressure; Red Eyes; Burning

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Fri May 20 2022
3

I loove this vibe! Wll definitely listen again

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Sat May 21 2022
3

I should listen to more from them.

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Thu May 26 2022
3

I love me some retro 80s music but this one sorta got boring by the end.

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Mon May 30 2022
3

I have heard people raving on about this band for a while. I remember trying to get into them but never could. It is good and all but just a bit boring for me. Nothing terrible, just nothing special either

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Tue May 31 2022
3

Just kinda long and consistently alright. 6/10

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