THE third album by Philadelphia’s Adam Granduciel – aka The War on Drugs – mines a seam of melodic American tunesmithery not hugely fashionable since the glory days of 1980s college rock.
Taking in influences from Bruce Springsteen to Tom Petty and Bob Dylan, it’s a dark yet commercial piece of work.
When Granduciel wants to be, such as on single Red Eyes and Eyes to the Wind, he is capable of creating straightforward driving music worthy of fellow one man band World Party.
On Burning, meanwhile, it’s as if the same record company which ordered Springsteen to write a hit, resulting in Dancing in the Dark, has made the same demand of Granduciel, with a similarly marvellous outcome.
It’s not all upbeat driving tunes, though: the album is like a window into Granduciel’s mind, which especially on the likes of Disappearing and nine-minute opener Under the Pressure sounds like a somewhat troubled place to be.
Overall, though, Lost in the Dream is a vastly rewarding record which reveals a little more of itself with every listen.
Like this? Try these: REM, Murmur; World Party: Goodbye Jumbo; Kurt Vile: Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze