The War on Drugs

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The 100 best albums of the 21st century
We polled 45 music writers to rank the definitive LPs of the 21st century so far. Read our countdown of passionate pop, electrifying rock and anthemic rap – and see if you agree

Ben Beaumont-Thomas (1-50); Laura Snapes and April Curtin (51-100)

13, Sep, 2019 @8:00 AM

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On my radar: Kurt Vile’s cultural highlights
The singer-songwriter on the joys of John Prine, the black comedy of TV’s Vice Principals and psychedelic pulp fiction

Kathryn Bromwich

07, Oct, 2018 @9:00 AM

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Green Man festival review – cosmic rock and communal wonderment
An eclectic bill of everything from psych rock to alt-folk proved again why Green Man is one of the UK’s most beloved festivals

Malcolm Jack

20, Aug, 2018 @1:00 PM

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Who will – and should – win the major categories at the Grammys 2018
Can Jay-Z finally dominate the major categories with his 13th album? Will Despacito be snubbed? And could Cardi B beat the boys to the rap crown?

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

26, Jan, 2018 @12:11 PM

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The best albums of 2017, No 7: The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Adam Granduciel’s star shines bright on a record that combines 70s rock sounds, 80s MOR pop and melancholic melodies to glittering effect

Michael Hann

14, Dec, 2017 @6:00 AM

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The best albums of 2017: the full list
St Vincent tops our countdown of this year’s most outstanding sounds, from complex rap to moody rock, alt-R&B, inventive grime and more

05, Dec, 2017 @6:00 AM

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War on Drugs review – fifty shades of blue
Adam Granduciel’s melancholic rockers combine improvisation with intimacy at their biggest ever UK show

Damien Morris

19, Nov, 2017 @9:00 AM

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The War on Drugs' Adam Granduciel: 'I was overcome by fear'
The War on Drugs rocketed to fame in 2014, but the band’s frontman suffered acute anxiety attacks. Back touring a new album, he talks about his search for normality, forgetting his own songs, and wishing he could ‘Bono up’ his act

Michael Hann

07, Nov, 2017 @5:49 PM

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The War on Drugs: A Deeper Understanding review – deeper but not darker
Adam Granduciel emerges from crippling introspection and perfectionism to serve up a set of ‘shimmering chrome dreams’ on his band’s fourth album

Laura Snapes

27, Aug, 2017 @8:00 AM

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The War on Drugs: A Deeper Understanding review – the expansive sound of love and loneliness

Gwilym Mumford

24, Aug, 2017 @8:45 PM

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End of the Road festival review – the bands love it as much as the crowd
The festival celebrates its 10th birthday with a bill packed full of female artists, and a charming headline show from Sufjan Stevens

Michael Hann

07, Sep, 2015 @12:27 PM

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The War on Drugs review – triumphant, molten heartbreak music
Brixton Academy, London
Adam Granduciel’s fractured, soul-spilling songs move beyond ragged-glory Americana into rhythmic, sparky epics tonight

Ian Gittins

03, Mar, 2015 @12:04 PM

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