Album cover art for The War On Drugs with black vinyl record popping outThere’s a sense of tempered joy on The War On Drugs’ fifth record.

Where their exploration of nostalgia and romantic aching has previously been layered within despondency, I Don’t Live Here Anymore instead focuses on these musings with a lighter, almost hopeful eye.

Consistently paced and meticulously produced, lead singer Adam Granduciel is never afraid to let a song meander to the close, to ebb and flow and allow the listener to become grounded in the song. It’s Bob Dylan slow dancing with Mumford and Sons’ later records, Springsteen singing Don Henley, a record for lazy summer nights where the humidity is high and the lights are low.

I Don’t Live Here Anymore by The War On Drugs is out Oct 29 via Atlantic/Warner.

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