• Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: Oct 29, 2021

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  1. 100
    There’s magic everywhere you look on this triumph of an album.
  2. Oct 25, 2021
    I Don’t Live Here Anymore, is their greatest and grandest statement yet. Adam Granduciel’s obsessive nature when it comes to making records has paid off as the Grammy winners' fifth studio album is another triumph in sound.
  3. Oct 27, 2021
    Listeners will still delight in how The War on Drugs can filter recognizable elements — the beats, the riffs, the spirit of artists like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Born in the U.S.A. Springsteen, and even Bryan Adams — into something fresh and grand.
  4. Oct 29, 2021
    The War on Drugs have continuously grown into fuller and more realized versions of themselves. I Don’t Live Here Anymore is fitting for their newest form: revered musicians with over a decade of quality music under their belts who never lost sight of the prize.
  5. Nov 1, 2021
    I Don’t Live Here Anymore is truly successful as an arena-ish rock record. It’s perhaps their most accessible record, yet never sacrifices the core elements that have made The War on Drugs one of the greatest rock groups of the last decade.
  6. Oct 28, 2021
    While you could put on I Don’t Live Here Anymore and take comfort knowing that the War on Drugs have Beach House’d their way to another terrific record by simply refining what works, there are a few songs that test the borders of the band’s classic little world.
  7. 80
    All in all, it’s a rich, absorbing work that rewards immersive listening.
  8. Oct 29, 2021
    Years from now I’m sure we’ll still be returning to Lost in the Dream as The War on Drugs’ indelible classic, but that doesn’t mean that I Don’t Live Here Anymore won’t possess its own well-deserved audience.
  9. Oct 29, 2021
    I Don’t Live Here Anymore is The War on Drugs’ poppiest, most bombastic work yet.
  10. Oct 29, 2021
    On top of the more accessible production, this record also boasts some of Granduciel's most immediate songs, making it some of the best work from a band with a near-spotless track record.
  11. 80
    Nothing here seems out of place, which is a stark contrast to their last record A Deeper Understanding. ... The highlights and key tracks are in plentiful supply.
  12. Oct 28, 2021
    There’s something ungraspable about their music: referential yet original, derivative yet prototypical, memorable yet oddly irretrievable. Ponderous yet transcendent. A listener is invited to encounter the assorted boundaries of their own preferences, biases, identity – to let those hard lines dissolve.
  13. Oct 28, 2021
    I Don’t Live Here Anymore, pushes the groups sound as much as it can, while staying conceptually consistent and rewarding.
  14. Oct 28, 2021
    From Old Skin to Harmonia’s Dream, I Don’t Live Here Anymore has plenty of new War on Drugs classics that will sit comfortably next to Red Eyes and Strangest Thing on a setlist.
  15. Oct 27, 2021
    It reveals The War On Drugs at their most song-conscious and streamlined. The epic, immersive, unfurling tracks that have become a Granduciel trademark are notably absent (Granduciel says he abandoned a 32-minute jam track). Psychedelic flourishes are few and far between. Many tracks boast a hitherto unheard immediacy: prominent synths, unabashed choruses, and big-sounding songs.
  16. Oct 27, 2021
    He often hid beneath endless layers of reverb or incomprehensibly abstract lyrics in the past, but on these songs, his voice is front and center.
  17. Mojo
    Oct 25, 2021
    I Don't Live Here Anymore is the most grounded War On Drugs record and the best: a calm space amid a world in collapse. [Nov 2021, p.82]
  18. Uncut
    Oct 25, 2021
    I Don't Live Here Anymore delivers even more of their characteristic questing wallop. [Nov 2021, p.22]
  19. Oct 25, 2021
    Though the War on Drugs may take a slightly more straightforward approach on I Don’t Live Here Anymore than they have in the past, they still find new ways to engage with complex arrangements. The result is a nimble balancing act of accessible pop-rock anthems and experimental soundscapes.
  20. Oct 25, 2021
    Even if the tracklist isn't quite 10-for-10 in terms of quality, much of the appeal of I Don't Live Here Anymore lies in the little sonic details rather than the songs themselves.
  21. Nov 1, 2021
    Overall, I Don’t Live Here Anymore is a solid addition to The War On Drugs canon, and the full-on embrace of heartland rock means they may well find a whole new audience with this album.
  22. Oct 29, 2021
    As a songwriter, Granduciel can’t quite fill shoes [like Bob Dylan's] that big. But when he steps aside and War on Drugs stretch out — piling on acoustic filigree and crisp leads on “Harmonia’s Dream,” for instance, or zoning out heroically during the anxiety-shedding folk rock of “Occasional Rain” — they create a rare world of bliss that’s a great place to kill some time.
  23. Oct 28, 2021
    The War on Drugs are reliable - not in the sense that they’re workhorses, but more in that Adam’s years-long close study of guitar rock has now evidently become an incontestable mastery.
  24. Oct 27, 2021
    ‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore’ sees no severe changes from the Grammy award-winning 'A Deeper Understanding,' but does make for a more nimble listen, the track's shorter running time creating a tauter experience.
  25. Classic Rock Magazine
    Oct 25, 2021
    TWOD finds fresh spark on the Springsteen-esque Wasted and the title track. [Nov 2021, p.77]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 55
  2. Negative: 6 out of 55
  1. Oct 29, 2021
    Part of their consistent effort of evolution through each album . Becoming more complex but just as streamlined each time. A sincerePart of their consistent effort of evolution through each album . Becoming more complex but just as streamlined each time. A sincere exploration of fatherhood that avoids cliché points. Full Review »
  2. Oct 29, 2021
    Solid album, but my favorite is still "A Deeper Understanding;" nevertheless, "I Don't Live Here Anymore" is now one of their best songs ever.
  3. Oct 29, 2021
    Again TWOD delivers an astounding work of art. Beautiful, sincere dreamscape-like songs, intricate layering, you discover something new everyAgain TWOD delivers an astounding work of art. Beautiful, sincere dreamscape-like songs, intricate layering, you discover something new every time you repeat a song, just perfect. The addition of the ladies from Lucius on the title song just does it. One of those records you'll just keep on playing. Can't wait to see it live upcoming April! Full Review »