Lost In the Dream - The War on Drugs
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  • Summary: This is the third full-length release for the Philadelphia rock band led by Adam Granduciel.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. 100
    The more you spin it, the more you wear out that thin needle of your record player, you realize that Granduciel is discovering the problems of his life, not figuring them out or even reflecting on them. This all makes for an album that truly sounds like it’s coming to life.
  2. One man’s suffering becomes our communal celebration, so to speak. It's a fine role for one of the year's best albums to play.
  3. Mar 18, 2014
    88
    The album is loaded with songs whose greatness is revealed slowly, where the simplest, most understated chord change can blow a track wide open and elevate it from simply pretty to absolutely devastating.
  4. Mar 13, 2014
    80
    The album may have been borne in a fog, but the result finds Granduciel on the other side of the murk.
  5. Mar 18, 2014
    80
    Lost in the Dream pushes rock music forward.
  6. Mar 14, 2014
    80
    It's a record for dusk, for dawn, and for all of the dark corners in which you might find yourself in between. [Apr 2014, p.109]
  7. Mar 18, 2014
    60
    A touch of '80s-style production, including occasional saxophone-as-emotional-beat, at times threatens to nudge things into a satirical mash-up of Dire Straits/Bruce Hornsby hits, but they ride the right side of that precipice.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Mar 18, 2014
    10
    This is album a masterpiece, and it will easily going to go down as one of the best of the year, perhaps even one of the best of the decade.This is album a masterpiece, and it will easily going to go down as one of the best of the year, perhaps even one of the best of the decade. My rebuttal to some of the criticism I see here can be summed up by saying that no, these songs are not simple; they are complex and don't always follow a traditional formula. I don't see this as a problem. You can hear how much careful thought was put into each and every song, as subtle changes in background keyboards or synth tones heighten emotion at just the right times. If the slow build of 'An Ocean in Between the Waves' doesn't get a rise out of you by songs end, I'm not too sure what song possibly can or will. Each song here will take you on a journey if you let it. Give this album a listen, you will not regret it. Expand
  2. Oct 13, 2014
    10
    Beautifully intense brooding, Lost in the Dream is a thought-provoking album that directly addresses the darkness in the night and asks theBeautifully intense brooding, Lost in the Dream is a thought-provoking album that directly addresses the darkness in the night and asks the listener to not only question their current problems, but also discover those that lie beneath the skin's surface.
    BEST TRACKS: Red Eyes, Suffering
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  3. Mar 18, 2014
    10
    Album of the year so far, and one of the best records I have heard in the past decade. Too early to tell, but this could have Yankee HotelAlbum of the year so far, and one of the best records I have heard in the past decade. Too early to tell, but this could have Yankee Hotel Foxtrot-esque staying power. It's that good. I don't make that comparison lightly. Like that record, this a rare work that beautifully and tragically creates invokes an American landscape that is at once personal and physical/geographical. Don't listen to the poster who gave it a 0 and called it absolute garbage. That person clearly doesn't know what terms like instrumentation or chord progressions actually mean, and they are clearly confused about the concept of originality. Apparently originality ALWAYS means choruses and NEVER sounding like other artists. In fact, they don't seem to know what music is at all. According to that reviewer's logic, no great record was EVER original, and originality in music is virtually impossible. Originality can be the ability to further the evolution of music, and this record's originality comes from its ability to build off artists like the Boss while offering a fresh vision of americana that creates a bridge to the ambient sounds of Sonic Youth and the motorik rhythms of Krautrock artists, for example. Expand
  4. Mar 25, 2014
    9
    'Lost in the Dream' is a title of great aptitude.
    The War on Drugs' latest LP is a gorgeous, fluent collection of reveries, of sprawling,
    'Lost in the Dream' is a title of great aptitude.
    The War on Drugs' latest LP is a gorgeous, fluent collection of reveries, of sprawling, euphoric, Springsteen-aping dreamscapes one can only imagine frontman Adam Granduciel putting to paper. In concurrence with the band's name, this is a psych album devoid of hallucinogen-induced escapism or delirium, relying purely on Granduciel's capacity to deliver emotion subtly and with admirable nuance, and this characteristic alone is worthy of adulation, particularly in a world stuffed full of bands resolutely determined to wear their hearts on their sleeves. Single 'Red Eyes' is charged with immersive and unbounded emotion, while monolithic opener 'Under the Pressure' echoes all dimensions of fuzz-free 70s psychedelia without losing even an iota of its own originality. 'An Ocean In Between the Waves', the album's best and most expansive track, builds intensity slowly and mindfully, beginning with a modest drumbeat and introspective bass line (all of it interspersed with Oldfield-esque guitar noodling) and ending with a bombastic chorus reminiscent of an early Arcade Fire.
    While some may accuse 'Lost in the Dream' of being portentous or dull, and perhaps not being as succinct, eclectic or intricate as albums released from their 70s-echoing contemporaries, there is more than enough substance here to conciliate these concerns and replace them with feelings of relaxation, serenity and, most importantly, happiness.
    'Lost in the Dream' is undoubtedly Granduciel's pace de resistance, and holds its own as a potential candidate for this year's best album so far, standing alone as the best psychedelic LP since Tame Impala's 'Lonerism'.
    The War on Drugs have, since debut Wagonwheel Blues, been haplessly stuck in former member Kurt Vile's shadow; this masterful third effort ensures that their time has come to make a bold step out of it.
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  5. Mar 20, 2014
    9
    Lindo, intenso e muito emocional, o novo album de The War On Drugs é realmente fascinante. Com faixas que vão das mais calmas até outras maisLindo, intenso e muito emocional, o novo album de The War On Drugs é realmente fascinante. Com faixas que vão das mais calmas até outras mais elétricas, a banda mostra um trabalho incrível em seu terceiro album, mostrando ser um dos melhores discos do ano. Expand
  6. Aug 3, 2014
    9
    I was really in the mood to listen to this album the other day, but my grandma was in the car. I didn't know if she would take to this sort ofI was really in the mood to listen to this album the other day, but my grandma was in the car. I didn't know if she would take to this sort of 80's alternative style, as she generally enjoys 50's rock and some current pop music. Put it on anyway, she loved it. Proof of a solid release. Expand
  7. Mar 18, 2014
    0
    Absolute Garbage!

    This album is nothing but overly long song after over long song, where each song has little to no development at all.
    Absolute Garbage!

    This album is nothing but overly long song after over long song, where each song has little to no development at all. Where are the new chord progressions in each song? Or did people suddenly decide that music should just consist of one chord progression throughout a song, while the singer rambles on. I might have heard some choruses in some songs, but I am not sure.

    On top of this, the songs sound like Arcade Fire's "Neon Bible" which in turn sounded like Bruce Springsteen. So, why reward an album with critical acclaim that is for 1) Not Original 2) Repetitive 3) Boring.

    When the only strength of a song is its lyrics, that is a problem. The merit of music is supposed to be based on the instrumentation, and if that is good, then the lyrics can be examined to see if the song is truly great. However, it seems a lot of critics these days put lyrics first and instrumentation second. If it sounds like a tribute to classic music, then they love it. If it sounds original, some may love it, but some may not get it.

    I'd take a horrible sounding original song any day over a pleasant sounding unoriginal song.
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