The War On Drugs - 'I Don't Live Here Anymore'

8/10

Over the last few years, The War On Drugs have grown from a small and humbled indie-rock outfit into one of the most in-demand names in the world. After first breaking through to international recognition with their 2014 LP 'Lost In The Dream', the band found themselves running a strong and driven formula to their work, which later found a new and revitalised direction on the 2017 release 'A Deeper Understanding'. But despite the world dramatically changing since then, they largely stay the same as they deliver their fifth full-length 'I Don't Live Here Anymore', a record that pushes that chosen path even further.

Having always found themselves compared to Bruce Springsteen ever since they first emerged, The War On Drugs have never been keen about losing those similarities but instead continue to create this warm and atmospheric direction that has now become their unmistakable style. For 'I Don't Live Here Anymore', the group are keeping this determined aesthetic firmly in place yet somehow managing to find new and inventive avenues in which to take it. The result is this wonderfully rich and euphoric addition to their catalogue, something that fits perfectly with their evolution to date.

The War On Drugs may find solace in their distinctive sound and this new release is a prime example of what can be achieved when you feel confident to press even further into it. 'I Don't Live Here Anymore' may not be too different from its predecessors, but it still has this brilliantly fresh and dynamic appeal to it, something that we can all get down to.

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