The first live album from the Philadelphia band feels loose and sounds immaculate, cementing their status as one of the premier live bands of their generation. You can hear it in most of their songs. Before releasing their breakthrough, Lost in the Dream , which sped their graduation from small rooms to huge festivals, the War on Drugs were a four-piece touring group that excelled at making those small rooms feel enormous.
But the Drugs are anything but a one-man band. Before the pandemic, the band had been on track to release an album of new songs in Each track takes its time moving from contemplation to catharsis, slowly strengthening before locking into overdrive and lifting off like a jet engine, like only a great live band can do. But the pandemic, of course, scuttled everything. It streamed for a paying audience in July and was released theatrically earlier this month. The dominant tone is elegiac and heartfelt. Last year, Tanya Tucker released her first album of new material in 17 years. It found the country star digging deeper than ever as she balanced echoes of her hell-raising past with reflections on her own mortality. It drives home the point that Tucker still has plenty to give. Skip to content.
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By Jonathan Cohen. When that proved impossible, Granduciel returned to the live mixes for the first time in eight months and moved that project to the front burner instead. I love to sing it, because maybe someone out there thinks I wrote it, which … I should be so lucky. I think that really comes across in our show.