- Record Label: Secretly Canadian
- Release Date: Aug 16, 2011
- Summary: The Philadelphia-based group releases a second album of Americana roots-rock.
- Record Label: Secretly Canadian
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
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|I've been wandering by your room and nothing's coming out like a spirit through the wind I keep flying in a dream you point a [knife] in another...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Positive: 28 out of 31
Mixed: 3 out of 31
Negative: 0 out of 31
UncutAug 18, 2011Something'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]
Aug 16, 2011Once 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.
Aug 19, 2011Hopefully 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.
Aug 15, 2011It'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.
Aug 22, 2011Similar to its other releases, the band masters even the several lyric-less shorter tracks serving as musical intermissions scattered sporadically throughout.
Aug 17, 2011More 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.
Aug 15, 2011With 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.
Positive: 8 out of 8
Mixed: 0 out of 8
Negative: 0 out of 8
Sep 1, 2011A 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 notA 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
Aug 19, 2011July 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 betweenJuly 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
Aug 17, 2011This 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 overlyThis 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
Nov 23, 2011This record kind of reminds me of Urban Hymes by the Verve, without the catchy grooves. Being catchy doesn't necessarily mean it's bad orThis 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
Aug 19, 2011Well, 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 thatWell, 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
Apr 21, 2015A strong soporific album with easily identifiable influences, namely; The Boss, Dylan and The Waterboys, Kurt Vile's influence clearlyA strong soporific album with easily identifiable influences, namely; The Boss, Dylan and The Waterboys, Kurt Vile's influence clearly remains. This is 'slacker-rock' meets modern rock with a little shake of late 80's indie. A well delivered slice of sound providing the listener with a refreshing breeze of ambience, Slave Ambience.… Expand
Jan 7, 2022I listened to this retrospectively, having come across the band in the late 2010's. While relatively underdeveloped, "Slave Ambient" has a lotI listened to this retrospectively, having come across the band in the late 2010's. While relatively underdeveloped, "Slave Ambient" has a lot of the hallmarks of what is now their established sound. It's a strange album in that there are songs without traditional song structures. I can't recall a single chorus once it's finished but when your listening to the record it is quite immersive.… Expand
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