Atlantic Records – August 25th
“Am I just living in the space between the beauty and the pain, and the real thing?” Granduciel pines in one of many philosophical, melancholy moments of A Deeper Understanding. It is this space that the unique Massachusetts-born songwriter continues to occupy so brilliantly. If the album’s flawless predecessor put The War On Drugs on the map, this effort cements his project as the finest exponent of Americana indie rock on the planet. From the relentless, driving ‘Holding On’ to beautiful slow-burning numbers like ‘Thinking Of A Place’ and ‘Clean Living’, and album highlight ‘In Chains’ – a dreamy, metronomic piece of Springsteen-esque power balladry – A Deeper Understanding provides exactly that, and proves once again, that The War On Drugs are indeed the real thing.