Album Review: The War on Drugs- I Don't Live Here Anymore

Olivia Finlayson reviews The War On Drugs' latest album

Olivia Finlayson
8th November 2021
I Don’t Live Here Anymore showcases guitar-eccentric, bold melodies and reflective lyrics that The War on Drugs are famous for. With a mix of past influences, the new album uses a hybrid of the albums Lost In A Dream and A Deeper Understanding to balance the best of guitar solos whilst still allowing the emotional and raw lyrics to shine through. 

After waiting 4 years in anticipation, it was NOT a disappointment! The title track ‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore’ is ear-orgasmic with a composition of 80s style synths and a backing choir making the chorus so much more impactful: “we’re all just walking through this darkness on our own”.

Even though the first track released ‘Living Proof’ is very slow, simplistic and minimalistic, I found the rest of the album gains in vitality, including classic emphasises on Adam Granduciel’s complex electric guitar solos, the 80s influence through synths and a classic Bob Dylan storytelling narrative writing style. 

Granduciel opened up about the process of making this new album during the pandemic, telling Apple Music that that scenario opened up a ‘new sonic territory' as each member of the band was able to individually and remotely leave their own mark on the song by taking responsibility of their role. 

This is an album you need in your life! The perfect mixture of uplifting musical sounds with honest, deep lyrics to keep you feeling upbeat and hopefully yet feeling the true use of music within the world of reality. 

If you like: Bob Dylan, The National, Father John Misty 

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