The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

      Marcy Donelson: The War on Drugs’ debut for Atlantic Records, A Deeper Understanding, is very much a follow-up to the group’s critically acclaimed Top 30 breakthrough Lost in the Dream from three years prior. That album’s notoriously meticulous blend of heartland rock influences, Bob Dylan, and a swirling dream rock constructed of Wurlitzers, tape effects, analog synths, and 12-string guitar, just to name a few components, is, if anything, even more expansive here. The Drugs recorded it as a six-piece with frontman/songwriter Adam Granduciel, bassist Dave Hartley, who’s been in the picture since the band’s debut, keyboardist Robbie Bennett, drummer Charlie Hall, and multi-instrumentalists Jon Natchez and Anthony LaMarca, all but the latter of whom contributed to Lost in the Dream. …. They weave their way into the hazy reverb, restrained pitch range, and shimmering, engulfing atmosphere that manages to never overpower Granduciel’s gentle ruminations on relationships, overcoming, and just coping. Though there’s nothing here to grab headlines, A Deeper Understanding reclaims and explores the distinctive soundscapes, vastness, and haunted psyche of Lost in the Dream, and that in itself is significant.

 

The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding Tracklist

  1.  00:00 Up All Night
  2.  06:23 Pain
  3.  11:53 Holding On
  4.  17:44 Strangest Thing
  5.  24:25 Knocked Down
  6.  28:25 Nothing To Find
  7.  34:35 Thinking of a Place
  8.  45:45 In Chains
  9.  53:06 Clean Living
  10.  5935 You Don’t Have To Go

The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding

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