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  • Summary: This is the third full-length release for the Philadelphia rock band led by Adam Granduciel.
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Red Eyes
Come and see Where I witness everything On my knees To beat it down, to get to my soul Against my will Anyone can tell it's you coming But baby,... See the rest of the song lyrics
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. Q Magazine
    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: 33 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  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. May 1, 2016
    10
    Really a transcendent album by The War on Drugs, weaves together a lot of complex ideas and emotions and displays them in an unusually hazyReally a transcendent album by The War on Drugs, weaves together a lot of complex ideas and emotions and displays them in an unusually hazy context. An album you can really lose yourself in. 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. 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. Dec 21, 2014
    9
    I remain fairly unfamiliar with the earlier works of The War On Drugs, however simply this one album is enough to keep me satisfied to a bit.I remain fairly unfamiliar with the earlier works of The War On Drugs, however simply this one album is enough to keep me satisfied to a bit. Throughout the entirety of 'Lost in The Dream' you sense an awful lot of melancholy with each song, but sit yourself back and loose yourself in the beauty that this album is. Expand
  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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