Acclaimed Albums – Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs

List item: Listen to the 250 greatest albums
Progress: 103/250Title: Lost In The Dream
Artist: The War On Drugs
Year: 2014
Position: #226

If I had done in 2014 what I did back on New Year’s Eve of 2015 this would not be a post. This album would not have been a Top 5 album contender back in 2014 (for those who are wondering – my top album of 2014 was and still is St Vincent by St Vincent.) . Now that I have had time to give it a number of re-listens, it might crack into the Top 10.

At its current position in the lower ranks of the Top 250 Lost In The Dream is one of those albums that I suspect will be booted out upon the imminent update. Considering that, I am not exactly why I am choosing to write this album up. You know how it is though. You wake up at 7:30 on a weekend and your brain has decided that this is what you are going to do – even if it has no connection to the dream you just had of being late for a friend’s wedding after perusing the local second-hand gaming store.

Now if I were to say that Lost In The Dream is an album that would probably result if Bob Dylan decided to team up with a Born In The USA era Bruce Springsteen it would be easy to work out how this album topped many of the Best of 2014 critics lists. Just hinting that an album has a passing resemblance to Bob Dylan usually means a one-star boost on most reviews.

As someone who has basically had enough of Bob Dylan I am not entirely sure why this album is one that I can listen to again and again. The echo pedal of the piano, the swelling production and the vulnerable lyrics dealing with loss and burn-out probably have something to do with it.

The opener ‘Under The Pressure’ and second half track ‘Burning’ are personal highlight tracks as they are where the different elements of the album swell and perfectly mix.

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