Driving rhythms and indie melancholia...

When it comes to wearing your influences on your sleeve, Adam Granduciel is a master. The songwriter’s clear worship of Dylan and Springsteen can be a distraction for new listeners. His music is a beautiful jigsaw made of familiar pieces, so expertly weaved together you can’t refuse its charm. Dylan's wistful wisdom charged by The Boss' driving sense of rhythm all served with a dash of good old indie melancholia. It's a recipe that has seen The War On Drugs' star confidently soar these past five years, and it will no doubt soar higher on the strength of this fifth LP.

‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore’ sees no severe changes from the Grammy award-winning 'A Deeper Understanding,' but does make for a more nimble listen, the track's shorter running time creating a tauter experience. Granduciel takes on the storms of life over waves of synth and chiming guitars that's like pouring butter in your ear. His perfectionist streak in the studio has not abandoned him. While the album's anxieties and romanticisms reflect our own currently, they're delivered with enough hope and gusto that you'll feel compelled to hit the open road and chase tomorrow.

A perfect companion for these cold and introspective nights.

7/10

Words: Sam Walker-Smart

Dig it? Dig Deeper: Bruce Springsteen, Woods, The Walkmen

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