The War on Drugs: Lost in the Dream
Philadelphiaâ€™s The War on Drugs have long flirted with some sizeable influences: droning Sonic Youth guitars; the scrappy, ragged glory of Neil Young; and some serious Springsteen-adoring, Americana anthems. On their third LP Lost in the Dream, frontman Adam Granduciel may as well have locked himself in the studio with Darkness on the Edge of Town and a bag of pot. Call it Daydream Springsteen: under that cloud of hazy, effected guitar, clattering piano and buzzing saxophone, thereâ€™s Granduciel searching for truth, his speech-singing delivery every bit as percussive as the steady beat. â€śRed Eyesâ€ť and â€śBurningâ€ť are the biggest culprits (the latter is a slacker-universe â€śBadlands,â€ť and the former even slyly employs a similar keyboard effect to â€śBorn in the USAâ€ť). But when Granduciel slows things down with some lazy harmonica and slow-echo guitar on â€śSufferingâ€ť and the title track, itâ€™s even more apparent: His dream is a perfect place to get lost.