What does it sound like?:
A natural extension to Lost In The Dream certainly, but The War On Drugs’ new album has been 3 years in the making, and at times it shows it; a little too laboured, a little too much like how you knew it was going to be. But for all that it’s a damn fine album. Adam Granduciel’s songwriting is more honed – these are more like songs in the traditional sense, rather than the meandering soundscapes that have defined earlier work. Washes of synth are balanced with some fine guitar work – it’s kind of obvious when the reverb drenched guitar solos are coming, but it doesn’t really matter when they are this good. Tracks from the album have been available online for a while, but it helps to hear the whole thing in the right order. The centrepiece track, Thinking Of A Place is very long, but top notch, and there are other fine examples here too – Strangest Thing, In Chains, and especially Pain, a song that does exactly what you want it to do at the right moment, unleashing torrents of reverb, but an exercise in restraint too.
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