The War On Drugs reimagines the sounds of Bob Dylan, Heartland Rock and New Wave through a gauzy Shoegaze filter. Pitchfork reviewer, Stuart Berman, sums up the vibe as “dad-rock.” From what I can gather from reviews and interviews, The War On Drugs leader, Adam Granduciel, is a perfectionist that weaves the dense layers of instrumentation on his albums in a painstaking manner. Granduciel does a great job at gradually building tension, and its the longest tracks that I love the most.
The War on Drugs was founded by Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile almost a decade ago in Philadelphia. The group underwent personnel changes early in their timeline with the most notable departure being of founding father, Kurt Vile, who struck out on his own with a successful solo career. Kurt Vile’s latest album, Walking on a Pretty Daze, was ranked as my number five album of 2013 in its category. The War on Drugs’ current style shares similarities with Kurt Vile’s solo work, but Vile actually left after the first album was released. Vile is also described as exacting, and perhaps it was inevitable that two perfectionists would split to follow their own versions of ideal song craft. Granduciel and one other member from the first album stayed on and recruited new musicians. The new group released two follow-up albums that both received positive attention from critics.
2014 – Lost In The Dream
- Fav Tracks: Under Pressure, An Ocean In Between The Waves, Eyes to the Wind
- Recommended Tracks: Under Pressure, Red Eyes, Suffering, An Ocean In Between The Waves, Disappearing, Eyes to the Wind, Burning, Lost In The Dream
- Single: Red Eyes
2011 – Slave Ambient
- Fav Track: Brothers
- Recommended Tracks: Best Night, Brothers, Come To The City, It’s Your Destiny, Baby Missiles, Black Water Falls
- Single: Come to the City
2008 – Wagonwheel Blues
- Fav Track: There Is No Urgency
- Recommended Tracks: Taking The Farm, There Is No Urgency, Show Me The Coast