The War On Drugs: “A Deeper Understanding” Album Review

Written By: Filip Teovanovic


Originality: (4.0 / 5)
Vocals/Flow: (5.0 / 5)
Lyrics: (5.0 / 5)
Production: (5.0 / 5)
Average: (4.8 / 5)

Do you ever wonder if the level anticipation of an album is directly proportionate to the level of its quality? Me neither. The final outcome of a long hiatus can be good as much as it can be disappointing. Probably the most anticipated record of the year is finally released. According to first reactions by both the critics and the audience, the wait was totally worth it. Everyone was instantly gratified for their patience, and there is no doubt that the album in question will find itself at the very top of year-end charts that any relevant music magazine will put out in a few months. In case you didn’t read the headline of this review, I am referring to The War On Drug’s fresh-out-of-the-oven material A Deeper Understanding.

By far, it is clear that Lost In The Dream got a respectful successor. In my humble opinion, it even overshadows the band’s previous pinnacle by reaching the heights of genius tones and superb quality. Just when we thought that the bar is set so high that it’s almost impossible to obtain it again, The War On Drugs render the new zenith of their career. Lovely!

Adam Granduciel, the main vocalist and guitarist, has practically put his band at very top of the pantheon of indie-rock gods. Each of these ten songs represent tiny masterpieces that deserve your repeat. Just forget about your duties, turn off your phone, prepare yourself a tea/coffee/beer, take a seat and start off one hour journey with The War On Drugs. After this trip, you won’t return the same.

A Deeper Understanding has the same DNA as its predecessor. The only difference is that Granduciel and his group have finally become aware of their potential and decided to reveal their full talent and raw creativity. Imaginarium of The War On Drugs will be lure even those who are not the biggest fans of the genre. Established rhythm section is still pure perfection, while frontman’s long guitar solo tones never fail to mesmerize. In combination with vintage piano, the whole sonic landscape results in marvelous melodies. It is just impressive how Granduciel manages to nourish the intersection of indie-psychedelic vibe and Bob Dylan from the 80s era and make it sound so authentic and fresh.

My favorite track is “Strangest Thing” due to verses “Am I just living in the space between the beauty and the pain and the real thing.” Dichotomy between love and pain permeates every single song in a manner that makes you cry and smile simultaneously.

I hope this review finds you looking for the therapeutic album. I highly suggest you consume it at least three times per day. You will thank me later.