The War on Drugs Release New Album, “Lost in the Dream”

The War on Drugs Release New Album, “Lost in the Dream”

Joe GransingerMonday,24 March 2014

The Snap:

The War on Drugs, a Philadelphia-based rock group originally formed by Kurt Vile and Adam Granduciel, have released their third studio album, “Lost in the Dream”. While it sounds more like a record from the 1980’s than a modern day LP, the album is an instant classic that rivals the legends it was so clearly inspired by.

You can get “Lost in the Dream” from iTunes, or stream it on Spotify.

The Download:

You don’t have to dig very deep to find similarities between The War on Drugs and some of the biggest names in rock history. There’s influences of Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Dire Straits throughout the entire album, and yet it still manages to produce a unique sound of it’s own.

I’ve always enjoyed The War on Drugs older albums – especially 2008’s “Wagonwheel Blues” — and this album just reaffirms my stance on the band: They’re the best not-classic-but-sounds-classic rock band ever.

Unfortunately, “Lost in the Dream” does occasionally dip into ‘cheesy’ territory, but I kind of feel like everything in the 80’s was pretty cheesy, so in that sense, I suppose it works.

And don’t worry, the small flaws of  the album are easily forgotten once you hear the gorgeous songs that are contained within it. There’s not a single bad track on “Lost in the Dream,” and it’s easily one of the best albums of 2014 so far.

The must-hear tracks include the hit single “Red Eyes,” the Bob Dylan-esque “Eyes to the Wind,” and the guitar-heavy “An Ocean in Between the Waves.”

You can listen to “Red Eyes” Below.

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Spotify, The War on Drugs, Image Credit: Flickr

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