The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding (Atlantic Records, 2017)
Heartland rock revivalists, The War On Drugs, is back with their amazing album, A Deeper Understanding. Meticulously crafted instrumental layers give the album a dense and dreamlike vibe, complemented by Adam Granduciel’s gravelly singing. Lyrics are striking and emotionally charged, such as this line from “Pain”: “I met a man with a broken back / He had a fear in his eyes that I could understand.” With each new song, the album puts you in a constant state of awe. The album’s best tracks are “Holding On” and “You Don’t Have To Go,” because of the lush production value and vivid imagery of the lyrics. This album is perfect for walking through the city in the early morning when the weather’s slightly cold and no one is around.
Trial track: “Holding On”