Reviews in 200 Words

Slave Ambient, War On Drugs (Secretly Canadian)

In Album on December 19, 2011 at 9:38 pm

The electronic background works so well with the instruments on this album that you might change your mind about the mingling of the two. It can work: it does here. This is reminiscent of The Byrds (Gram Parsons era), and even Bruce Springsteen (that familiar background hoot). But matched with a bloodline of synthesized sound. “Come to the City,” will have you feeling good—ready to go make some sort of perfect and powerful decision, the way the best of Tom Petty does. “I Was There” has a simple rhythm that you just don’t want to end. The kind of song that could have you grinding on with some mindless task, forever. A trance you’re willing to invite yourself into. With just the right amount of harmonica. In a way, this album pumps on like it is all one connected song: the way a collection of poems does, or an opera, or a week of vacation days. It’s hard to believe that this is a second album—Adam Granduciel is about as comfortable as they come. It’s like the futuristic version of all the classic rock and roll you’ve ever loved.

-Micah Ling


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