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Lost In The Dream
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2014
Inspirational piece of songwriting by War On Drugs' Adam Granduciel yet again. Elegantly arranged exploratory and mesmerising songs full of textured layers, atmospheric 80's synths, hazy guitars, pulsating drums beats and vocals echoing in and out like a dream!

If you liked Slave Ambient, your love it! Wagon Wheel Blues is also a great record! If you get a chance to see them live do it!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2014
Caught the single on 6 music and decided to risk the album. Gentle lilting album ( a little too so, as I invariably enter into slumber before the end) but excellent musicianship and rewarding of repeated listenings. Recommended plus plus
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on 5 July 2015
This is very much a review of the vinyl version of this album and should not be included anywhere else. It's a great album but I can only properly enjoy it via cd or MP3 format as I'm now on my second copy of the vinyl version (not purchased from Amazon) and it's no better than the one I had exchanged. The first had misaligned and ripped labels and sides one and two pressed horribly off centre and this affected the sound significantly. My latest copy seems ok, bar side 3 which is more or less unlistenable for the same reasons. Research suggests that lots of people have been affected by this issue so am amazed bad copies are still out there.

Just a massive shame because I'd recommend the album to anyone who's into music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
My new album of the year for 2014. Great music, a mixture of prog rock, classic rock and Americana which really works for me. I don't buy a lot of new music but this is exceptionally well recorded and a great vinyl pressing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2014
I listen to this all the time. Brilliant stuff, from an old git like me more used to listening to the Floyd, Zeppelin, Genesis and so on. Can't wait to see them live in a few months.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2014
It feels like we had to wait too long for “The War on Drugs” next record “Lost in the dream”. The quality of “Slave Ambient” also created a certain expectation. Then with a smile on my face I can say the band has delivered an album with sixty minutes of great music and is totally worth the anticipation.

Adam Graduciel wrote the songs for after the relationship with his girlfriend broke up. In many songs he tells and sings about the suffering, the feelings, the doubts but also his contemplation and the hope. With this info you could and would expect an hard, dark album, but that’s just not the case. It’s a rather uplifting, still hopeful and cheerful record with excellent, full music. Somehow the contradiction within the record is that although most lyrics could be described as down-lifting, the music is up-lifting.

“Lost in the Dream”: Gone are instrumental parts/songs that felt a little like fillers. A Dylanasque laconic style of singing is present. A dreamy touch is present. Proper sonic textures, accents, changes and nuances are present. Songs born from a soundscape are present. Some Yeah's' en 'Woohoo's' outbursts are present. Music that pushes your forward is present. Distinctive drums are present. A wealth of details is present.

Opening track “Under the pressure” starts with a strange drum sound that makes you think something went wrong with the production or something is wrong with your stereo. But no, it is a clatter of electronic cymbals. Quickly enough it floats into this great, long track. You immediately realize why you were waiting for this record all the time. During the song there are subtle changes of speed, subtle changes of mood and subtle changes of style all put together into this one, most excellent song. At the end you realize the track is a summary of the best of its predecessor “Slave Ambient”. The song is so clever, so rich with changes in details and secretly building up to a climax that you will accept that after the climax the song ends with a kind of fade out of three minutes. What a track!

The single “Red Eyes” perfectly fits with the style of “Brothers” (the faster version) and “Coming Through”: strong acoustic guitar as the basis. “Suffering” is a slow ballad definitely not in the traditional way. No surprise, because we are listening to The War on Drugs. It takes a few turns to like the song, because we are not used to a ballad by this band, especially when the song shares the writers suffering of a broken relationship. But add a Pink Floyd-style slow saxophone to the song and maybe you have the picture: sitting on couch beside Adam, putting your arm around his shoulder to comfort him, to tell him it is going to be alright.

For two songs it is like where to go and maybe one or two minutes could have been left out. But then “Eyes to the wind” is the sound of hope and the sound of re-finding yourself. With a strong acoustic guitar as the basis of the song structure has a small hint of ELO in their best days, but without orchestra. It marks the change in the record from a somehow darker first half into a more resigned and elated second part of the record. It's like we are told that we don't have to worry: everything is going to be alright. “Slave Ambient” provided instrumental sections that sometimes felt like using them to fill it up. On “Lost in the dream” those kind of sections have perfectly melted within the songs themselves. “The haunting Idle” is the only instrumental, it’s the (indeed) haunting warm-up for ‘Burning’

The style, the mood and the atmosphere of “Lost in the dream” record fits very well with “Slave Ambient”, but it is definitely not a copy. On the contrary: in the last few months I have asked myself the question how the band could follow-up the strong “Slave Ambient” The only right answer by “The War on Drugs” is to come with an even stronger and superior one.

“Lost in the dream” is an excellent mix of ambient and Americana. The record is a triumph.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not for the first time, I come to review an album and find that Red on Black has already posted an excellent review containing most of what I wanted to say. I have almost nothing to add except that I agree wholeheartedly: this is a first-rate album of fine, varied songs performed with real power and musicianship of the highest order.

That's it really. My advice is to read RoB's excellent review, listen to a few samples and then snap the album up. It's very good indeed.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2014
Others have described the wonderful music on 'Lost In The Dream' in detail but I thought I'd share my personal listening experience. I unexpectedly lost my father in early February this year and at the risk of sounding over-sentimental have found The War on Drugs' music cathartic, meditative and buoying.

Amongst these sad-eyed songs is such a deeply resonant quality both lyrically and musically. The real beauty is in the subtle complexities - the devastating, muted piano motif in 'Suffering', the change up in fidelity at about 1:50 on 'The Ocean Between The Waves' and the exultant Springsteen 'Woo!'s on 'Red Eyes' as it gains momentum are but three blissful moments. A glib soundbite to describe the music would be 'a future-curious Springsteen playing Boys Of Summer forever'.

Like 'Slave Ambient', it takes a few listens to really get under your skin (and adjusting to such resolutely outré timbres as the syn-drums on 'Disappearing') but then becomes indispensible as your ear picks out more details with increased familiarity.
I love this album.
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on 1 June 2015
I have to agree with 'The Lone Voice of Reason' to some extent. This having gained many accolades in 2014 frankly surprises me. Whilst it isn't a bad record, and, in a middle of the road kinda way, it is good in places- it is far from great. As previously stated the drums are basically rubbish, if my drummer played like this on every song I would be asking him to politely leave. That aside there are some good song moments and something to enjoy here an there.
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on 8 October 2014
Best music of 2014, loved "Slave Ambient" then watched out for this, great Americana music with touches of Springsteen and Dylan, I also hear Bob Seegar, another reviewer mentions the competition between W.O.D and Kurt Vile, although "Walking on a Pretty Daze" was a great follow up to "Smoke Ring....." I think this finishes of the competition, this just surpasses anything released this year. Great guitar music. *****
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