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Wagonwheel Blues

The War on Drugs Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Jun 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • ASIN: B0017V7HC0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,476 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Taking The Farm 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Coast Reprise 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. There Is No Urgency 6:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. A Needle In Your Eye #16 4:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Reverse The Charges 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Show Me The Coast10:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Barrel Of Batteries 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Debut 2008 album! Cosmic country 'n' ragged shoegaze from the Philadelphia outfit featuring then-member Kurt Vile. For fans of Neil Young and Spacemen 3 alike.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album 9 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album after reading a brief article on the band in a popular music magazine. I'm not one to buy albums on impulse and when i do i'm usually disappointed. I'm really glad to say that this doesn't apply to Wagonwheel Blues.

The album blew me away from the first list and it has been on constant repeat for the last few weeks and i still haven't tired of it.

The music is very catchy and sounds both familiar and excitingly new. I know comparisons are not fair but if i had to describe the music i'd say it was a cross between Bruce Springsteen and Arcade Fire with the lyrical richness of Bob Dylan thrown in for good measure. That may not be doing the band justice so why not check out their myspace page and list to a few tracks for yourself before deciding whether or not to purchase.

If i do have a criticism it's that the album is a little short, compounded by the fact that two of the songs are instruments. It's only a minor complaint, i think the rest of the album more than makes up for it.

I've been extremely underwhelmed by the current crop of new artists and i'm delighted that i've "discovered" this band for myself. I have no hesitations in recommending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The war on drugs does work 28 Jun 2008
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It's interesting that The War On Drugs , a five piece from Philadelphia , bonded over a shared love of Bob Dylan for lead singer Adam Granduciel often sounds so much like Dylan ( especially on "There Is No Urgency" where he sounds truly uncannily like the Spitting Image puppet of Dylan ) that they run a risk of a pastiche of the artist they love. Yet there is so much more to the band than that , that the Dylan thing just gets blown away. Wagonwheel Blues is such an fascinating album sonically that the nasal vocal whine disappears into the background , almost literally sometimes and becomes the least interesting thing about the music.
The band clearly share a love of rock traditionalism so it's a revelation how they manage to pay respect to it without resorting to clichéd revivalism . They do this by combining classic song writing with an Americana twist with the fuzzed up sounds capes, crashing percussion, twinkling drones, diaphanous eddies and ulcer forming bursts of static utilised by bands like My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, Seefeel , Scorn, or more recent material by bands like The Besnard Lakes . Guitars, samplers, harmonica, piano, Wurlitzer , trumpet, organs create a dizzying array of sonifaction and nuanced textures.
There is a true diversity in the songs themselves . The relentless clanging chords of the ten minute epic "Show Me The Coast" are followed by the to some extent diffuse guitar on the brief lament "Barrel Of Batteries" .Album opener "Arms Like Boulders" is the most straight up rock song on the album -complete with wheezing harmonica- but is followed by the processed beats and perverted harmonies of "Taking The Farm".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Second helping of this type of music. 12 Jun 2014
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Second helping of this type of music but not as good as first & last albums, still ok though to listen to & enjoy whilst driving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, bought this after L I T D 25 Sep 2014
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Very good, bought this after L I T D, so still listening to it to compare, so far i'm impressed!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 11 Sep 2014
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