THE WAR ON DRUGS

A DEEPER UN­DER­STAND­ING

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If The War On Drugs’ 2014 ef­fort Lost In The Dream was a toe in the wa­ter – com­bin­ing Spring­steen screen­plays and some oft-mis­un­der­stood 70s/80s rock in­flu­ences – fol­low-up A Deeper Un­der­stand­ing plunges head­first into AOR ter­ri­tory, crit­i­cally re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing mid-tempo melo­drama in the process. Gen­tle lead lines un-tap through­out, while cen­tre­piece Think­ing Of A Place bathes in pathos, re­call­ing Knopfler’s Lo­cal Hero sound­track in its con­tem­pla­tive, 11-minute synth ’n’ six-string crossover. Navel-gaz­ing? No, just an en­velop­ing lis­ten that un­de­ni­ably wears its heart on its sleeve. Matt Parker Down­load Hold­ing On

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