ALBUMS

The War On Drugs
Lost In The Dream

Released: 17th March 2014
Label: Secretly Canadian

As far as albums go 'Lost In The Dream', the third album by The War On Drugs, is flawless. Ten songs full of exquisite beauty that conjure up fantastic images that allow you to dream your life away. If you can imagine those feelings you get on a beautiful summer's day or going for a drive surrounded by breathtaking scenery with nothing but dreams to occupy your mind, then you will begin to understand just how god damn amazing ‘Lost In The Dream’ is.

The album opens with ‘Under The Pressure’ which is just shy of the nine minute mark and instantly sets the scene for the rest of the album. The gentle, hypnotic melodies, soft drum machine and guitars that sound like they are gracefully riding the crest of a wave, all sound so perfect. If you could ever capture the sound of summer in a song then ‘Red Eyes’ could certainly lay claim to doing just that. I especially love the unashamed use of ‘woah’ on the 1:48 mark. ‘Suffering’ slows things down a bit as it tugs firmly on those heartstrings, with melodies and vocals that will make you take time out from your busy life and focus on nothing but the gorgeous sounds coming from your speakers.

As the album continues you will find one triumphant song following another. To highlight a few more I would go for ‘Disappearing’, again the vocals will become embedded deep inside your head. ‘Eyes To The Wind’ is a wonderful song full of reflection, Dylan-esque vocals and soaring guitar melodies that will see you return to this song on many occasions. Listening to ‘In Reverse’, the album closer, it quickly becomes apparent that the whole album has been building up to this heartbreaking ballad to bring the curtain down on this incredible album. The word perfect just does not seem enough to describe this song and you really shouldn't live your life without hearing it.

There are so many things I love about ‘Lost in The Dream’ (which I am sure you can tell) but one of the things I love the most is that this album never oversteps the mark. There are many times where a big fat chorus could have been added to ensure the songs get picked up by radio stations, but thankfully this album has been created by artists who clearly care about and love the music they write and never pretend to be something they are not.

The War On Drugs have given us an album to treasure, please ensure you get yourself a copy now.

Steve Tay

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