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A Deeper Understanding (album) by The War On Drugs 

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A Deeper Understanding
A Deeper Understanding by The War On Drugs (2017)
Release date: 2017-08-25
Overall rank: 1,247th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
82/100 (from 296 votes)
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 2017 (2nd)
Top albums of the 2010s (118th)
Best albums of all time (1,247th)

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The War On Drugs bestography

A Deeper Understanding is ranked 2nd best out of 5 albums by The War On Drugs on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The War On Drugs is Lost In The Dream which is ranked number 247 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 10,258.

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Members who like this album also like: Lost In The Dream by The War On Drugs, Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens and A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead.

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82/100 (from 296 votes)
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From Brad1770 01/09/2018 11:39
Adam does it again , who would have thought 'Lost In A Dream ' could have been followed by another great release ?If you liked the previous release you'll love this . 'A Deeper Understanding ' is not AOTY in 2017 but top 5 easily .
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From vinnid127 01/07/2018 04:31
It's very, very similar to Lost in the Dream, no so much in its structure but the heartland-meets-psychedelia aesthetic. The themes of loneliness and isolation throughout the great expanse of the American highways still seem engrained in Adam Granduciel's head. It can be a bit off-putting when much of you releases sound jarringly similar.
That being said, this was a good listen. Not a great listen, but solid and with enough pace and gargantuan hooks to keep your toes tapping.
"Pain" is definitely the standout for me, as well as "Strangest Thing". War on Drugs fans will love it. If you were 50/50 on the previous record and are hoping for something different this time around, then this definitely isn't for you.
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From micah88800 01/04/2018 15:28
Like others, I cant love this album. I like it, but I dont love it. I love Lost in the Dream, in fact its #1 on my all time album chart. Ive had that album in rotation for 3 years, nearly daily, so you can imagine how excited I was for this album. The problem is, it didn't let me down, it just didnt live up. I'm in love with the last 2 songs(Clean Living and You Dont Have to Go), but the rest I just like. I'm hoping on the next go round TWOD dig a little deeper and make an album that has heart as well as talent. There is no denying these songs are good, I just feel they are a little emotionally hollow compared to the heart wrenching and gorgeous Lost in the Dream
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75/100
From martintho 01/04/2018 12:51
I just don't get it. Keep on playing, but this is good boring stuff, really. old fashioned shite. listening to "thinking of a place" whilst writin' this. Bob Dylan on vocals with a quite decent band - but not much happening - swell production, but . so what am i missing out on here? Is it the lyrics? I like it, but damn; there's so much out there that are so much better and challenging, so what is this doing on the very top of the ratings everywhere. Is it because it's so mainstream: Everybody kinda like it a little, and subsequently it ends up on the very top when we add everybodys votes together? Maybe I'll find out some day.
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From InMyOwnDojo 12/16/2017 13:08
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From danilojotasouza 12/04/2017 19:05
De alguma forma, causa um efeito nostálgico te fazendo lembrar de momentos felizes de sua vida, mesmo que a banda e sua musicalidade não tenha feito parte disso. Doce sem ser meloso. Reconfortante sem ser piegas.
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90/100
From Vatsal 12/01/2017 13:32
If this album ends up as the AOTY here, I wouldn't even mind.
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From adbrack1988 11/10/2017 19:15
Barring an unforeseen album coming out of the blue this is my album of the year, and top 5 of the decade so far. My favorite aspect is that the guitar solos have been turned up a notch and absolutely soar in these tracks. They really took what worked for them on Lost in the Dream and perfected it on this album leaving no weak moments on the entire album--their best to date in my opinion.

Favorites: Strangest Thing, Pain, Thinking of a Place, You Don't Have To Go
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From junodog4 11/06/2017 05:21
So this is what I read on another website -
"Just the sort of turgid (yes turgid!) dull, bland, tedious crap that punk came along to destroy in the 70s."
Ouch. While that is a little harsh, I can see how many have labeled this 'dad rock' that wears its influences a little too clearly. They do what they do very well. I just don't find it interesting. Certainly not 'album of the year'.
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From Reuben 11/02/2017 14:24
How this isn't album of the year on this sight is beyond me
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