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big fan of "wagonwheel blues" and "slave ambient" but this isn't clicking for me so far...
'Under the Pressure' is a brilliant opener, in fact the whole first half is great
seems really dreamy
Bits of it reminded me of Dire Straits of all people. But then it took several listens for Slave Ambient to click with me.
Thankfully Dire Straits is not one of them.
Definite whiff of Sultans of Swing-era Straits.
I have to concentrate on the Springsteen vibe to get through the song now.
Do you notice a Bruce Hornsby vibe on 'Disappearing'?
Baby Missiles from the last album always sounded like Walk of Life to me. Albeit an absolutely mint version.
Could also imagine two pony-tailed middle aged men going back to back on their guitars on a couple of the songs.. suffice to say my feelings are mixed about it
There's way too much MOR noodling going on this time round. Can't get into it at all.
Very Knopfler esq
... and when it's not sounding them his voice flits between Bryan Adams and a 70s era Bob Dylan. I still rather like it though, despite this.
this. Slave Ambient was one of the hardest albums for me to get into. I bought a ticket to their Electric Ballroom gig on the basis of all the brilliant reviews. On the first five listens to it I thought it was totally shit. After ten listens it turned out to be a stunning album; one of the best of the year. Maybe they're just a tough nut to crack.
but with much stronger songs. Lots of depth to explore. Guitar music is on a roll thus month...usually a Real Estate album stands out but it's just plain good in contrast to the brilliance of this and Cloud Nothings.
I wasn't mad about their last one, but the new un seems to be getting positive praise everywhere. Absolutely love Lost in the Dream, it's on non-stop at the moment. Definitely hearing Dire Straits/Springsteen/Dylan/Tom Petty throughout, loving it none the less.
Perfect summing up of the reasons why I can't get into it at all. Not a patch on Slave Ambient.
on Slave Ambient as well.
Something about Slave Ambient didn't click with me but first listen this is sounding brilliant.
Looking forward to listening to this.
Eyes To The Wind and Burning are early personal favourites
are going quick - all gone from seetickets and ticketweb - still some at wegottickets
everywhere else sold out.
not used them before, site seems a little 1998, kosha?
I've bought literally hundreds of tickets from them including for this gig. I prefer WGT to Songkick.
handy that they show how many tickets are left too & just needing a ref. number is useful as i'm moving shortly
had dismissed this band out of hand simply due to the name a few years back, in the space of a week i've had their stuff on repeat constantly, bought the new album and gig tickets...love it when this kind of thing happens
can't wait to get home and plug in my strat
Sounds brilliant on the first listen. I agree with what's said above in that it sounds very Springsteen-esque (and even like Dire Straits a bit). Not a fan of Dire Straits but it's an excellent follow up to Slave Ambient. I'm a bit "worried" that I like it a lot instantly rather than the effort I put into Slave Ambient which eventually cracked for me and I ended up listening to it at least once a week for six months. This album like their previous is one where you have to listen to it from start to finish and not one where you listen to your favourite song from it for five minutes and then skip to something else (unless it's a Springsteen track). I intentionally bought myself a gig clash of The War On Drugs and Cloud Nothings in London in late May in case one or both sell out. I'm a big Cloud Nothings fan but it would have to be a hell of an album to beat this. I look forward to theirs nonetheless. Such a shame both are playing on the same day. I'm looking forward to repeated listens of Lost In The Dream on my long bus journey to work from now on. Most likely my album of the month.
that I agree with it.
what a prick eh?
Steven Hyden is becoming one of my favourite music writers at the moment, don't always agree with him but he always puts together enjoyable pieces
Through The Haze: The Struggles, Visions, And Revelations Of The War On Drugs - Stereogum http://www.stereogum.com/1668412/through-the-haze-the-struggles-visions-and-revelations-of-the-war-on-drugs/franchises/interview/
I like it. 'Under The Pressure' and 'Eyes To The Wind' are particular stand outs so far. The problem for me is it seems like so much a sum of its parts; Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Kurt Vile, Bob Dylan. I'm having a hard time finding it as wonderful as other people when it's not anything particularly ground- breaking, nor is it one of the better albums of its ilk (it's got nothing on, for example, Kurt Vile's 'Wakin on a Pretty Daze', which is a very different record but is in the same ball- park). Maybe during repeated listens I'll get more out of it though.
Haven't been able to listen to anything else for weeks. Loved their previous work but this is just something else.
world class. the shades of Springsteen, Dire Straits etc are great.
they've lost the most interesting aspect for me which was the kraut/psychey stuff
night in Philadelphia at Union Transfer. Not a bad recording but you need to turn it up !
i pop it on when i get up, listen on the way to work, am sitting here bopping along
with the sun out it's a marvelous thing
be one of the best of the year. Shame it's at The Koko. Should be fantastic nonetheless.
since I got the tkts in January. Remind me, how much for a can in there
Can't wait for this. Avoiding the setlists for added surprise
where it's over £5 for a can after 10pm.
It's hypnotising me. Totally surprised by how much I love the album.
An album I always seem to be in the mood for. Love it.
Now that's just perfection.
and I'm still not bored of it. Always a slight fear for me when I instantly like a record on first listen. I think this is a stunning record and definite album of the year contender. In Reverse is a slice of heaven.
to fall hard for this record. Seeing them live tonight, most anticipated gig for some time.
and I'm still not able to dislodge this from my CD player. Hoping that I'm not going to burn it out!! I'm a sucker for the dadrock refs mentioned above anyway so I was always going to get on with this, but it's just aces. Honestly haven't connected with an album like it since Kaputt, but this seems to draw a lot of parallels with that reccid anyway - reflecting their respective 80's faves but with an intensely personal lyric sheet...I wasn't surprised when I found out that the dude who plays sax on Eyes To The Wind was quite prominently part of Bejar's band.
Fave tracks? Eyes To The Wind and In Reverse are currently up there, but I do think that they have a far greater impact when the album's listened to as a whole.
Should I get Slave Ambient?
gonna pick it up at lunch, will let you know how I get on with it ",
Probably accompanied by The Antlers and Hamilton Leithauser.
then came back to it a few weeks ago and have pretty much listened to nothing else since. Not a single track that's out of place, too long, and barely a note wrong, just all perfectly put together.
knew enough to hum along to a few songs at Glastonbury, since returning I've probably listened to it at least once a day if not more and it's become my album of the year.
while I'm on holiday there and it's not sold out so I'm pretty pleased about that.
and then meandering through the middle section. I feel like I have to try hard to like it.
An Ocean Between The Waves at 4 and 6, it more than holds my interest through that section. After hearing slave ambient it became a lot more apparent that he likes to balance the 'big' tracks with more moody stuff, but I find that really works for this record, it seems to flow so nicely to me. Agreed it does have two spectacular bookends though - I love having two really joyous things to firstly kick off the record and then close it with such a payoff.
Can't wait to see them play this.
Ballroom when they were touring Slave Ambient (amazing gig) and at The Koko where they were good but not great; I always blame the venue. Anyway, I look forward to seeing them again tomorrow.
Really like the roundhouse, television sounded perfect there last year or whenever it was. Should be interesting to see them do some stuff off of slave ambient which I finally got into off the back of this - it's so layered and production-centric I'd like to know how they approach it.
Way Out Weather is one of the best records of the year, stronger than Lost In The Dream IMHO.
Sseing them in Manchester tomorrow.
Was okay, but not great. Setlist was built really weird: they played all of lost in the dream in a different order with maybe one old song in between, then one or two other old ones, then an encore with only old songs (which did not work on an audience where more than half probably only knew lost in the dream).
They had some technical difficulties too, and Adam was being a crybaby about it.
In short: Steve Gunn supporting was better than the war or drugs themselves
because I really, really love this record, but last night was a stunner. Highlights too numerous to mention. Watch out for Eyes To The Wind and Come To The City. He is a fucking brilliant guitarist as well, I would kill for his tone.
WOD's were okay. Suffering was the highlight for me. Sounded pretty bad i thought, but i was also quite drunk.