A Deeper Understanding by the War On Drugs

By Bdog

The fourth album finds Philadelphia’s The War On Drugs really settling into a groove after 2014’s incredibly well received “Lost In The Dream”.  With a sound and production deeply indebted to mid-eighties Boomer-rock (think “Avalon”-era Roxy Music, mid eighties-Dire Straits, late-eighties Springsteen with less nasally Dylan-esque vocals) TWOD is able to remind listeners of that throwback era while maintaining its own singular, recognizable sound.  Led by frontman/songwriter and guitarist Adam Granduciel, the group’s big, busy sound is machine-line in its precision offering a product that is greater than the sum of its parts.  Though tracks like “Pain”, “Holding On” and the 11 minute plus “Thinking Of A Place” do stand out, “A Deeper Understanding” is best listened to as a whole- it’s an album that allows you to get lost inside of it.

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Bdog
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Bdog's Music blog is dedicated to all things music and is recommended to both the casual music fan and the music junkie who wants to dig in and discuss music from the past sixty years or so -- no matter how culturally important or completely obscure.

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