Slave Ambient - The War on Drugs
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  • Summary: The Philadelphia-based group releases a second album of Americana roots-rock.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Aug 18, 2011
    Something's happening wherever you turn on tracks that are dense with detail and brilliant accumulations of incident, but never overwrought or too busy, sheer grace their common link. [Sep 2011, p.80]
  2. Aug 16, 2011
    Once again, The War on Drugs have crafted an album of the year, built not upon flash or novelty, but a new take on traditional rock and roll that is always pushing forward.
  3. Hopefully Slave Ambient will do for The War On Drugs what Smoke Ring For My Halo did for Kurt Vile and place Adam Granduciel as one of the musicians with serious talent and songwriting acumen in modern indie rock.
  4. Aug 15, 2011
    It's classic Americana rock at its best, combining musical echoes of Springsteen and Dylan but crafted with a poet's eye for detail. Dreamy, infectious, and full of hope. A powerful antidote to all those who say the best days of American classic rock are well over.
  5. Aug 22, 2011
    Similar to its other releases, the band masters even the several lyric-less shorter tracks serving as musical intermissions scattered sporadically throughout.
  6. Aug 17, 2011
    More often than not, Slave Ambient offers a sound that's equally familiar and new, simultaneously meeting expectations and evading them. It's an album whose immediate accessibility cloaks a deeper, subtler series of rewards.
  7. Aug 15, 2011
    With a little more time to perfect their style, the War on Drugs would be well-positioned to win converts for both camps, and also their own.

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  1. Sep 1, 2011
    A lot of great bands have put out records this year. This album is hands down, my favorite! If you are a fan of Kurt Vile, I can't see you not adoring this. It's very different yet you can tell they have played together for several years and their influences rub off on each other in so many different and amazing ways! Fantastic band puts out a fantastic record! Expand
  2. Aug 19, 2011
    July and August have been pretty boring music wise. This is the best thing I've heard this summer. It kind of reminds me of a cross between Cut Copy and Kurt Vile (check them out!). Considering all of the crappy pop music this year, this album shows that maybe there is hope for music. The same goes for albums like Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes, No Color by The Dodos, Kiss Each Other Clean by Iron & Wine, Whokill by tUnE-yArDs, etc. Very experimental, very moving. Good job. Expand
  3. Aug 17, 2011
    This album has to be the best new album I've listened to in the last couple of weeks. Their first album seemed kind of shaky and overly experimental, but this album does the first one justice. The electronics and rhythmic guitar make this a overall worthy musical experience. Adam Granduciel has shown that there is still rock and roll alive in the 2010's, it just has a new, more modern sound. Expand
  4. Aug 19, 2011
    Well, all i can say is that they are the new Stone Roses. How great is that? I say it is very great to experience experimental grooves that are so well mixed-up and with a purpose. Expand
  5. j30
    Nov 23, 2011
    This record kind of reminds me of Urban Hymes by the Verve, without the catchy grooves. Being catchy doesn't necessarily mean it's bad or good. In this case, it's very good. Expand