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On the evidence of the fourth album by this former Philadelphia, now Los Angeles-based outfit, it’s hard to disagree as guitarist/vocalist Adam Granduciel and company stretch the idea of the widescreen epic even further.
Electric guitars chime and drone (the excellent Strangest Thing); and wurlitzers and synths (Pain) are affixed to sinewy melodies that are timeless yet fresh.
Single download: Holding On
For those who like: Bruce Hornsby, Robbie Robertson, The Waterboys — Shane Gilchrist
The War On Drugs. A Deeper Understanding. Atlantic Records. ★★★★+