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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: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  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. Dec 27, 2014
    10
    An epic and diverse disc that grows better with every listen. Perhaps the best of the year. The range of emotions and music are unparalleledAn epic and diverse disc that grows better with every listen. Perhaps the best of the year. The range of emotions and music are unparalleled in rock today. Expand
  3. Mar 18, 2014
    10
    Lost in the dream is a beautiful , emotionally rich and epic album ;The War on Drugs , consolidates as the rock band of the moment, a vividLost in the dream is a beautiful , emotionally rich and epic album ;The War on Drugs , consolidates as the rock band of the moment, a vivid moment. Adam Granduciel goes more personal and melancholical with the ten gorgeous tracks, tracking the power of our lives in this eternal life. It's their best album and maybe one of the best of the year. Expand
  4. 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
  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. Mar 31, 2014
    8
    The album has a strong 80s feel to it, which is great. Adam's voice is very Bob Dylan-ish, and that's something that i enjoyed deeply. TheThe album has a strong 80s feel to it, which is great. Adam's voice is very Bob Dylan-ish, and that's something that i enjoyed deeply. The lyrics are devastating, and beautiful.

    However, some tracks are not-so-great, and others are a bit longer that they need to be. So i can't really call it a masterpiece, like other users are claiming it to be.
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  7. Feb 18, 2015
    0
    Just like the Dire Straits album I never wanted...every song sounds the same, goes nowhere and is way too long. Fecking boring to beJust like the Dire Straits album I never wanted...every song sounds the same, goes nowhere and is way too long. Fecking boring to be honest...overrated. Expand

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