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- Come to the City by The War On Drugs
6/10 Dave Staff review, 08 December 2011
It's been quite a good year for War On Drugs. For one, they've managed to win the war...not on drugs but on rugs (main man Adam Granduciel used to work in a Mexican carpet showroom called “Underlay!! Underlay!!”, and he was once trapped under 56 square feet of axminster and never quite got over the shock, so to exorcise his fears and prejudices he started recording music under the name “War On Rugs”...only to find this name was taken by a skiffle group from Vancouver. He also wanted to use the name “Rug Munchers” but found it hard to get shows amongst the feminist community). So Monsieur Granduciel started to record songs under the War On Drugs moniker and found his carpet fears vanished. A well-received album and some singles later and things are looking rosy. War on Drugs' newie reminds me of “Heroes” by Bowie but with a higher tension factor. It builds but never quite peaks...but that's not a bad thing as it sounds quite hypnotic. Side B utilises the same atmospheric template to reasonably good effect. Not bad.
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