A Deeper Understanding (album) by The War On Drugs

A Deeper Understanding
A Deeper Understanding by The War On Drugs
Year: 2017
Release date: 2017-08-25
Overall rank: 482nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 502 votes)
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Award Top 100 albums of the 2010s (64th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (482nd)
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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 167 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 11,168.

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81/100 (from 502 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 80.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 81.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.2.

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95/100
From 04/17/2020 23:33
They actually topped their last album... Cannot believe it... Some songs still two years after hearing them are still growing like baby mushrooms into full grown beautiful pineapples. Thats a special and unique gift this album has to offer. It is literally impossible for them to improve even higher.
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100/100
From 04/10/2020 15:22
Somewhere, maybe on someone's chart, I saw a comment saying that The War on Drugs is a band that appeals to the "bridge and tunnel crowd." I had to Google the phrase to find out what it means; apparently it's a term of condescension applied by New Yorkers to folks who commute into the city from New Jersey and elsewhere. The implication, I suppose, is that such people have gauche, unrefined musical tastes. Well, I live in Montana, and whatever it may say about me, I love The War on Drugs. A Deeper Understanding is an aptly titled album, as I think it far surpasses their previous albums (which I also liked) in consistency and emotional depth. I love the spaciousness of the production on this album, and I love the way these songs breathe. "Strangest Thing" is a slow burner that lumbers out the gate full of portent and, over the course of its eleven-minute runtime, expertly dials up the drama, with Wurlitzer organs and a wall of synths leading to a booming finale.
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100/100
From 03/29/2020 14:56
ADU is my favorite War On Drugs album. It feels like a continuation of LITD, but with a more rough sound, somestimes saturated. And always the aerial vibes from the previous one. The band has had a great impact in my life. Can't wait for more.
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90/100
From 03/04/2020 15:06
Beautiful sounds. "Holding On" is my absolute favorite. But there is no song, that is not exceptional well written. The whole album takes you on a journey, where you can travel in your head and feel whatever you want to feel. Very impressive song writing.
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85/100
From 09/19/2019 23:15
Highlights:

Strangest Thing
Holding On
Thinking Of A Place
Pain
Up All Night
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70/100
From 07/28/2019 20:18
Didn't realise I'd commented on this. Ha, yep, he has a voice like Bryan Adams mixed with Dylan. I heard "pain" playing when was shopping, thought it was these and kind of liked it, nice guitar but maybe not really my thing. The album is ok I guess. Bland but ok. A couple of good tracks but just like when I saw them live at a festival it's all just ho hum.
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70/100
From 05/10/2019 02:07
I agree with the review by Kamens ... musically, it is good in many respects ... however it lacks emotion / passion / energy. There is nothing to draw me back to listening to this with any frequency. It gets repetitive and "samey" to my ear and I find myself wanting to hit skip two minutes into each song because it is an emotional and sonic carbon copy of what came before it.
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From 01/12/2019 14:31
This sounds so much like an '80s pop album that it's downright spooky! Adam sounds exactly like Bryan Adams and I keep hearing clones of Adams' "Run To You" in every song on this album. There are also shades of Dire Straits and Don Henley's "Boys of Summer." I now have a time machine back to the '80s. Fantastic.
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70/100
From 11/19/2018 05:53
Don't get me wrong - A Deeper Understanding is a great album, but it does not pack the punch that Lost In The Dream does. It sounds like TWOD were too preoccupied with making technically interesting music than emotionally impactful music, and in doing so, over-experimented and destroyed some of the nuance that is very clearly still present in the band's songwriting. Like, why is the guitar solo so ear-shattering on Strangest Thing? Why do the drums sound hollow on Pain and Holding On? This album is littered with bizarre, small-yet-distracting production choices that sound gratingly juxtaposed with the sweet, serene intentions the band appeared to be striving for.

Still, the War on Drugs are... the War on Drugs. They know how to write catchy, earwormy, and sweeping rock music that still packs an emotional punch. 8/10.
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50/100
From 10/16/2018 14:59
A great start, with 3-4 promising songs, but the rest of the album is all the same over and over again.
I kind of like the whole sound of it, the atmosphere it creates, but the bland lyrics often don't do it any good.
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