The War On Drugs Vinyl, CD & tapes by The War On Drugs at Norman Records

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The War on Drugs
A Deeper Understanding

Dire Straits fans rejoice as the War on Drugs get ready to issue their fourth album and the first since 'Lost in the Dream' - the album that saw us branded "off our rockers" because we didn't really like it. Admittedly we were in a minority on that as the album became one of those slow burning hits that everyone owns - just like 'Brothers in Arms' in fact. This is sure to be a much anticipated follow up. 

The War On Drugs
Future Weather

Sandwiched between the more conventional Springsteen stomp-rock of Wagonwheel Blues and the meandering, soundscaped slab of Americana that was Slave Ambient, the War on Drugs offered us Future Weather. If you liked the transience and guitar-abstracted haze of the band's second record, this might hit even harder: some of these songs were drab, less climactic sketches of what was to come (a softer and more obscured version of "Brothers" features) while others are eight minute standalone ballads in the War on Drugs style of old.

I Can Feel The Night Around Me

When he isn’t playing bass in The War On Drugs, Mr Dave Hartley is making his own hazy synth-indie under the name Nightlands. Third album I Can Feel The Night Around Me appears to have an image of a desert at dusk, which represents the record’s sound fairly neatly. This is lovely melancholy music you can really sink back into. Out on Western Vinyl.

The War On Drugs
Come to the City

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The War On Drugs
Lost In The Dream

I was labelled 'off my rocker' by one of our customers for 'only' giving this album 6 out of 10 upon release. Well it seems I've been proved 'wrong' by the millions out there who love this album and the War On Drugs in general. Including it has to be said my own father who is convinced of their uniqueness when all I hear is Tom Petty, Tunnel of Love era Bruce Springsteen and Lindsay Buckingham. It has sold bucketloads of copies and spawned quite a few imitators to people who are, I presume, fully on their rocker.  

The War On Drugs
Slave Ambient

Before it all went stratospheric for the War on Drugs they made excellent albums such as Slave Ambient. The vibe was still 70s America  - Springsteen, Creedence and that lot but the fi was lo-er, the production more rinky-dink and the wave a bit chiller. Imagine your Dad's record collection as rewired by an  East River Pipe and Flying Saucer Attack collaboration. 

The War On Drugs
Wagonwheel Blues

Back before they were anointed kings of modern Americana, The War On Drugs were just a bunch of young lads from Philadelphia who loved Bob Dylan. Wagonwheel Blues, their 2008 debut LP, is more nakedly reminiscent of Dylan’s electrified period that the band’s later work. That said, the band’s penchant for shoegaze and Adam Granduciel’s songwriting chops mean that the Wagonwheel Blues never strays into pure pastiche. This is The War On Drugs’ only LP to feature Kurt Vile - that’s him on guitar.