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With 2011’s Slave Ambient, The War on Drugs offered a collection of emotionally rich, guitar-driven grandeur that earned songwriter/bandleader Adam Granduciel accolades from far beyond his hometown scene in Philadelphia. The War on Drugs’ fourth full-length operates with a bigger, bolder agenda—evident in the clattering electronics and hypnotic production of the nearly nine-minute opener, “Under the Pressure”. From there, Lost in the Dream unfolds with warm, melancholic rock that combines Granduciel’s mystical tenor with a blurry haze of vintage synths, chiming guitars, horn accents and reverb-soaked ambience. Uptempo tracks like “Red Eyes” and “An Ocean in Between the Waves” juxtapose pulsing, mechanical backbeats with droning synths. Ballads, like the heartbreaking “Suffering” and the gently paced title track, float along in a beautiful fog. After Lost in the Dream closes with a couple of minutes of wordless feedback, the album leaves a hypnotic, lingering impression.

Customer Reviews

Hypnotic and beautiful

Admittedly I’m a newcomer to TWOD. I first heard them on NPR’s All Songs Considered several weeks ago, and was intrigued by the lush guitar driven sounds of the band. I downloaded the album and have listened to virtually nothing else over the last three weeks. Simply put, I have been blown away by this album like nothing else I’ve heard since The Decemberists’ The King Is Dead. Two weeks ago, I learned they will be coming to my hometown for a show in March…so needless to say, I’m really looking forward to seeing the band live.


Takes several listens to enjoy the greatness of this art.

A decent surprise

Recently found out about this band and there's some really good tunes on this album. "Under the Pressure" is among my newest most played songs. "An Ocean in Between the Waves" is also another standout. Give this one a spin and see


Formed: 2005 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Mixing the grand-scale guitar attack of Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine with a melodic sense and lyrical perspective that recalls Bob Dylan roaring down Highway 61, Philadelphia's the War on Drugs are the creation of a pair of Dylan fans, Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile, who met at a party in 2003. After several drinks, Granduciel and Vile discovered their shared fascination with the Bard of Minnesota, and began working on songs together. By 2005, the pair had enough material to launch a proper...
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