Slave Ambient (studio album) by The War On Drugs

Slave Ambient by The War On Drugs
Year: 2011
Release date: 2011-08-16
Overall rank: 2,841st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
76/100 (from 208 votes)
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Award Top albums of 2011 (63rd)
Award Top albums of the 2010s (480th)
Award Best albums of all time (2,841st)
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The War On Drugs bestography

Slave Ambient is ranked 4th best out of 7 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 161 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 10,681.

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Average Rating: 
76/100 (from 208 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 7% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 76.1/100, a mean average of 75.0/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 76.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.3.

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85/100
From 08/07/2022 18:58
A publication once called this Boss-Gaze music. There are some psychedelic influences on this album but its predominantly really good Springsteen sounding heartland rock.
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70/100
From 05/26/2019 19:04
Good album for sure. Some of the songs are really similar, however, and kind of blend in. Best Night and Black Water Falls would be my two favorite tracks. Not quite as good as Lost In The Dream, but definitely worth a listen
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80/100
From 02/04/2018 15:00
An uneven record for sure, but a lot of these songs are the best by TWOD. Its clear that this is a band that was still maturing and perfecting its sound, which happened on the subsequent release in 2014. While its not as good as Lost in the Dream or A Deeper Understanding, there is some great tunes on here. Its also the first we hear of what is now TWOD trademark sound, a heartland/indie rock fusion. Some of the tracks will definitely have you reaching for the skip button, but overall its a good effort. Also its home to maybe my favorite TWOD track, "Brothers".

Best tracks: Best Night, Brothers, I Was There, Baby Missles, Black Water Falls
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55/100
From 08/27/2017 05:03
Great to see how they developed from a band among others and forgotten to really great.

Hard work can take you there, as well as new faces in life. Maturity or something like that. You can find the magic later. Often it's just a youth brilliance debut from a band, and then not so much.
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90/100
From 05/30/2015 01:32
I actually prefer this to Lost in the Dream. This feels a lot tighter.
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75/100
From 05/28/2015 03:36
I love the starting sound of this album. Helps me sleep.
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From 02/24/2015 03:45
Lacks the pop melodies I typically fall for but completely makes up for it with brilliant lyricism and superb production. Clearly this record was made with a great deal of passion.
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90/100
From 02/15/2014 16:11
brilliant album!
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80/100
From 12/03/2013 02:18
Hugely underrated
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60/100
From 12/15/2011 22:40
In parts evoking indie staples like arcade fire and broken social scene, and past favorites like the verve, they show a mastery of the subject material. The pop angle doesn't shine through though, so while these songs feel rockin', the melodies don't often come knockin'.
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