|Album:||A Deeper Understanding||Collection:||General|
|Artist:||War On Drugs, The||Added:||Sep 2017|
|Add Date:||2017-09-08||Pull Date:||2017-11-10|
|Week Ending:||Nov 12||Nov 5||Oct 29||Oct 22||Oct 15||Oct 8||Oct 1||Sep 24|
|1.||Aug 10, 2023:||down in the basement
Up All Night
|4.||Jul 08, 2021:||Magnetized Toner (rebroadcast from Oct 3, 2017)
|2.||Feb 17, 2023:||KZSU Time Traveler
Up All Night
|5.||Apr 30, 2021:||KZSU Time Traveler
Up All Night
|3.||Dec 09, 2022:||KZSU Time Traveler
Thinking Of A Place
|6.||Feb 06, 2021:||Hanging in the bone yard
Favorites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8
1) “Up All Night” (6:23)* – Bouncy synths and steady drumming anchor the first half of the song. Opening piano riff fades after a few minutes, giving way to a blistering guitar solo at the three-minute mark.
2) “Pain” (5:31)* – Shimmering reverb on the electric guitars, dueling with acoustic strumming. The last two-or-so minutes of the song are driven by a guitar solo that sounds like a buzzsaw. It’s a thrilling, cathartic number.
3) “Holding On” (5:51)* – Driving percussion and a high, wafting synthesizer make this song sound like it’s ripped straight out of the 1980s. Slide guitar and glockenspiel are two sonic flourishes that are used to great effect.
4) “Strangest Thing” (6:41)* – Noticeably slower song than the three that came before it. Granduciel sings over a steady drumbeat and piano chords—and then three guitar solos at 2:40, 3:35, and 4:30. Be sure to turn the volume for these, especially the last one.
5) “Knocked Down” (4:00) – The album’s shortest track is also its sparest and sleepiest. It drifts along in a haze of guitar and piano, both acoustic and electric.
6) “Nothing to Find” (6:10) – Another song that charges along on guitar, drums, and synthesizer. It’s not as distinctive as my favorites, but it’s hardly a bad track.
7) “Thinking of a Place” (11:11)* – The band’s grand return is the album’s longest—and best—song. Song floats along in a bath of synthesizers for most of the first five minutes, save for a guitar solo at 3:00. Second part sounds familiar until the seven-minute mark, when the song breaks off into a fuller, lighter direction, riding it out until the end.
8) “In Chains” (7:21)* – Mid-pace song driven by a repeating piano riff. Save for the loud bridges at 2:42 and 5:37, it’s generally a quieter number. Guitar solo at the end.
9) “Clean Living” (6:29) – Quiet synths in the background bubble underneath the vocals for the first two minutes of the song, before the drums and guitar kick in. It’s a slow, steady ballad that kind of drags a bit by the end.
10) “You Don’t Have to Go” (6:43) – Granduciel sings in a lower register on this track than on any others, and the literal change of tune here does wonders. This song, another ballad, doesn’t drag like its predecessor thanks to its warmer sound and better mix of instrumentation—piano, drums, and harmonica.
|1.||Up All Night||6.||Nothing To Find|
|2.||Pain||7.||Thinking Of A Place|
|3.||Holding On||8.||In Chains|
|4.||Strangest Thing||9.||Clean Living|
|5.||Knocked Down||10.||You Don't Have To Go|