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The War on Drugs — Strangest Thing
Album: A Deeper Understanding
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7.4

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Total ratings: 1221









Released: 2017
Length: 6:32
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Summer ride on the beach
Howl at the day
I've been hiding out so long
I gotta find another way

Late at night I wanna see you
Well my eyes, they begin to fade
Am I just living in the space between
The beauty and the pain?
And the real thing

Now the sky is painted
In a wash of indigo
I've been holding on too long
That I hardly know the score

I recognize every face
But I ain't got everything I need
If I'm just living in the space between
The beauty and the pain
It's the strangest thing

Yeah, she runs surrounding me
Surrounded by the whole
Surrounded by no other
I wanna ride it home

Yeah, like a rolling stone
Don't roll again
Yeah, like a rolling stone
Don't you roll again
I wanna roll, I wanna roll
Comments (45)add comment
 drwhy wrote:
Very talented band, and one of the best to come around in a long time.  Cant wait to see what else they put out.
 

Why? It will always sound the same anyway.
Meh.
 ProjectGemini07 wrote:
Reminds me of vintage Bryan Adams a bit.  In a good way.
 
I stand here proudly waving my "I Really, Really Love Bryan Adams" flag, and refused to be even slightly ashamed. He's Canadian, likes Land Rovers, and is still exceedingly easy on the eye, a combination which will get anyone onto my 'phwoarr!' list on any day, with the added bonus of being absolutely incredible live.

So there.
Reminds me of vintage Bryan Adams a bit.  In a good way.
You can probably say of most bands, "all their songs sound the same." Well, it's really true here. 
Very talented band, and one of the best to come around in a long time.  Cant wait to see what else they put out.
Masters of boredom.
An amazing song-guitar a definite 10!
Thank you for sharing this song. I have never heard of this band before. Outstanding and beautiful!
 GlendaMarie wrote:
Yessssssssssssss
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This band never ceases to amaze me at how smooth, reflective, and poignant their music and lyrics are.  
 lizardking wrote:
I was so looking forward to the release of this album based on the great early release tracks (Thinking of a Place-10; Hold on-9) and while I was slightly disappointed that the entire album wasn't a 10, I do like how all the tracks seem to fit together and with great production.

This track gets a 7 (for now) and the entire album is at an 8+.

Long Live RP!!


 
I've bumped my original 7 to a 9, and find the album in whole, while driving long lonely roads especially, is amazing....Long Live RP!!
Adam Granduciel apparently bought a vintage Gibson SG that simply roared. I think it's put to very good use on this track. Cranking the volume of the guitar solo always gives me chills. He might not be the must technically-proficient player, but he sure knows how to manipulate all of his equipment to create something that sits beautifully in each song. I love this band!
 maboleth wrote:
Not sure why many complain here, but A Deeper Understanding album is so much more than Lost in the Dream.

Sure, LitD has several stellar songs, but overall ADU is deeper and more satisfying overall.
 
I am more on the Lost in the Dream side, but I guess there is a bit of a split here. For me A Deeper Understanding doesn't quite work as well, in part because I like the singing less here  and some of the instrumentation and melodies also seem more conventional to me.
Not sure why many complain here, but A Deeper Understanding album is so much more than Lost in the Dream.

Sure, LitD has several stellar songs, but overall ADU is deeper and more satisfying overall.
 westslope wrote:
A Deeper Understanding is a great album and has some terrific songs on it but I am still not convinced that it is better than Lost in The Dream put out in 2014.

Comments?
 
That's true.
I can't hear the guitar solo enough times
 eyeyeye wrote:
This makes me wanna get in a camper van and for ever drive along the coastline...
 

Making an executive decision that any The War On Drugs ratings get only 9s and above. I know there must be other bands from other times, but I can't think of another band, off top of head, that gets so deeper and richer the more you listen. (Anything Neko Case doesn't factor into this immediate top-o-head thinking.) 
 eyeyeye wrote:
This makes me wanna get in a camper van and for ever drive along the coastline...
 
A skateboard will do
lordy
This makes me wanna get in a camper van and for ever drive along the coastline...
 westslope wrote:
A Deeper Understanding is a great album and has some terrific songs on it but I am still not convinced that it is better than Lost in The Dream put out in 2014.

Comments?

 
I agree. Nothing on this record with the driving beat of "Red Eyes" or the reflectiveness of Eyes to the Wind. Still a great album.
eviliko. ... what you posted about a month ago ... you are bang on!
Very hard to follow Pink Floyd Great Gig In The Sky. But they do. Like it
Despite this band, like any other, clearly has influences, be it the Floyd or early Bryan Adams or else, it seems to me that they're doing their own stuff honestly, without stealing anyone's work and without sounding like wanabees. If they were a real rip-off, their record label would be much more invasive and directive, and their album would obviously reflect that commercial strategy, just like many contemporary mainstream megastars who are just packaged products and puppets in the hands of record companies.
 ziggytrix wrote:
I am getting a very strong odor of skating rinks with mirror balls from this one.

 
And would that be bad? 
Sadly have to agree. Some tracks (like this one) draw me away from my work to comment on RP months later, but nothing like my months-on-repeat of the 2014 album. Could also just be that I'm in a different place in my life now :-)

 
westslope wrote:
A Deeper Understanding is a great album and has some terrific songs on it but I am still not convinced that it is better than Lost in The Dream put out in 2014.

Comments?

 

3 tens in a row: Pink Floyd, Time; Pink Floyd, The Great Gig in the Sky; War on Drugs, Strangest Thing.  Hell yeah!
I am getting a very strong odor of skating rinks with mirror balls from this one.
A Deeper Understanding is a great album and has some terrific songs on it but I am still not convinced that it is better than Lost in The Dream put out in 2014.

Comments?
 Proclivities wrote:

Don't try to figure it out.  Just about every song in the playlist has a "sounds like/rip-off of Pink Floyd" remark somewhere in its comments.  I guess one hears what they're listening for.

 
So true!
 greiffenstein wrote:
I am getting a very strong odor of Pink Floyd from this one.  Definitely channelling some Waters-Gilmore energy

 
What you are hearing is purely Bills genius of finding bridges where no bridges existed before.
OK, starting to get a little tired of hearing this band every day. Like 'em but I don't want to get burned out by the overplay.
Being played a lot these days.
Like it but might get fed up with if too much of it
 bam23 wrote:

Odd. Your comment reminds me of something that Roger Waters might have said...

 
{#Cheers}
 Proclivities wrote:

Don't try to figure it out.  Just about every song in the playlist has a "sounds like/rip-off of Pink Floyd" remark somewhere in its comments.  I guess one hears what they're listening for.

 
Odd. Your comment reminds me of something that Roger Waters might have said...
What is up with this boring band being played SO much?? Thank you PSD button. I swear they're played 3+ times per day.
 greiffenstein wrote:
I am getting a very strong odor of Pink Floyd from this one.  Definitely channelling some Waters-Gilmore energy

 

An "odor" of Pink Floyd?  Not perfume, and no scent either.  Nope. This is more of a ballad than anything Waters and/or Gilmour created. That channel of yours may need some dredging. 
 hschlossberg wrote:

Pink Floyd?!? Maybe because it just followed a PF song? It reminds me of Jackson Browne.  icckk

 
It was "Eyes to the Wind" off the last album, Lost in the Dream, that had a Jackson Browne vibe. Not that that's a bad thing.

Glad to hear this one on RP. think this is my favorite off the album (so far...)
 hschlossberg wrote:

Pink Floyd?!? Maybe because it just followed a PF song? It reminds me of Jackson Browne.  icckk

 
Don't try to figure it out.  Just about every song in the playlist has a "sounds like/rip-off of Pink Floyd" remark somewhere in its comments.  I guess one hears what they're listening for.
 greiffenstein wrote:
I am getting a very strong odor of Pink Floyd from this one.  Definitely channelling some Waters-Gilmore energy

 
Pink Floyd?!? Maybe because it just followed a PF song? It reminds me of Jackson Browne.  icckk
I am getting a very strong odor of Pink Floyd from this one.  Definitely channelling some Waters-Gilmore energy
Epic {#Clap}

I was so looking forward to the release of this album based on the great early release tracks (Thinking of a Place-10; Hold on-9) and while I was slightly disappointed that the entire album wasn't a 10, I do like how all the tracks seem to fit together and with great production.

This track gets a 7 (for now) and the entire album is at an 8+.

Long Live RP!!