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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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,432 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 11 Sep 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut.... 19 Jun 2008
By Justin Snavely - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent debut from a band that will hopefully gain more exposure in the near future. The War on Drugs combine an Americana influence with a little bit of guitar experimentation. It's great summer music, and it totally kicks butt. It makes me smile every time I listen to it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The War on Drugs - Wagonwheel Blues 18 Nov 2012
By R. Kesler - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I've been following War On Drugs on their current tour, and will be home by the 16th of December when they roll into Philadelphia; home for both them and me. I haven't had this much fun since I rocked around the southwest with Wilco, wondering why no one has thought to set these two bands on the road together, where they'd hang like windblown weathered signs, directing demented fans of the sublime to venues filled with crackling speakers, droning keyboards, layered lo-fi acoustic buzz, wondering shifting lead guitars, and sleepy bleary-eyed percussions that create a touchable organic atmospheric haze ... one where they're rocking me back so far I nearly fall over. Then again this could just be my present state of mind, a state War On Drugs enhances to the max, leaving me stumbling for a seat, and stuttering for words.

War On Drugs isn't so much a band as it's a concept, one similar to what Pete Kember [Sonic Boom] creates with Spectrum, the brainchild of visionary Adam Granducial, a man's who's influences are worn on his sleeve, bending notes and ideas to shimmer a new musical vision across a star filled sky. If you're new to"Wagonwheel Blues," it's not like their later material, never the less, it is the groundwork which serves as a base for their future outings. Most of the songs are top notch, save for the two instrumentals, and I've know idea why they were included, other then to add more product, because they certainly don't act as lead-ins to the following numbers. There are some delightful surprises as well ... as when "A Needle In Your Eye #16" hits the four minute mark and you're suddenly aware that the same two chords have been played over and over for the entire song, yet the raptured intoxication is so uplifting that it's impossible not to smile and shake one's head with befuddlement and dive back in for more.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars solid album 16 Jun 2014
By DISCover Tunes - Published on
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Voice is reminiscent of Dylan. Music is a modern psych-folk. Definitely a solid album. I would recommend this, you wont be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The War on Drugs' Wagonwheel Blues 17 Dec 2008
By Katie J. Knaub - Published on
Format:Audio CD
The War on Drugs is littered with pleasant contradictions. That goes for the U.S. government's real "War on Drugs" as well as this band from the delightfully trashy musical playground that is Philadelphia. The group combines a refreshing plethora of completely distinctive sound combinations like, for instance, Sonic Youth coupled with Tom Petty. Lush guitars hearken back to early Bruce Springsteen while dreamy vocals ring reminiscent of The Jesus and Mary Chain. Synth-soaked and audibly fulfilling, The War on Drugs will, quite possibly, attract many a Clap Your Hands Say Yeah fan as well as aficionados of shows that leave your ears ringing for days. Their classic yet modern debut album Wagonwheel Blues, released by Secretly Canadian in June, yields thick, textured soundscapes that might serve as a fitting soundtrack for those times when you're sticking your head out the car window on the highway.
5.0 out of 5 stars Balance 28 Aug 2010
By B. Deeble - Published on
Format:Audio CD
To balance out the 1 star review I'm forced to submit a 5 star rating. Worthy of a 4.10 minimum.
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