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Slave Ambient

The War On Drugs

Slave Ambient

Second full-length album of Americana from this Philadelphia group, the first since founding member Kurt Vile has left.

ADM rating[?]

7.9

Label
Secretly Canadian
UK Release date
15/08/2011
US Release date
16/08/2011
  1. 10.0 |   Uncut

    It's a thrill. Something's happening wherever you turn on tracks that are dense with detail and brilliant accumulations of incident. Print edition only

  2. 9.5 |   The Quietus

    A near-flawless rock album, and certainly one of the best you'll hear all year
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  3. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    Slave Ambient doesn’t recall the past so much as a bright, unexpected future, where bands like this inexplicably are still dreaming in new, refreshingly outsized ways
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  4. 9.0 |   music OMH

    An amazing record, but it is far from immediate as these songs take time to develop into something tangible
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  5. 9.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    The melodies on Slave Ambient know when it’s their turn. So does the noise
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  6. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A fine album that deserves to be recognised amongst the finest to have seen this lap of the sun
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  7. 9.0 |   Blurt

    An album of the year, built not upon flash or novelty, but a new take on traditional rock and roll that is always pushing forward
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  8. 8.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    Place Adam Granduciel as one of the musicians with serious talent and songwriting acumen in modern indie rock
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  9. 8.5 |   Bowlegs

    A gorgeously interesting hybrid of tracks that easily surge past the point of lazy comparison.
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  10. 8.3 |   Pitchfork

    The really amazing thing about the album is how anthemic and affirming it feels despite the near total absence of proper sing-along choruses
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  11. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    There are interesting shadows and kinks to the music that turn literate, big-hearted tunes like Your Love Is Calling My Name, Baby Missiles and Come to the City into irresistible grooves
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  12. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Blazes forward on its own path more than it follows in the footsteps of the others
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  13. 8.0 |   Pop Matters

    A quilt of warm, humming music
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  14. 8.0 |   Prefix

    An expansive statement from beginning to end
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  15. 8.0 |   FasterLouder

    A strange, joyful experience
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  16. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Makes a triumph of the unlikely premise that US heartland rock and Krautrock would mix like old friends – it is the sound, if you like, of the Neu! Street Band... A wonderful record
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  17. 8.0 |   Clash

    Sweeping melodies and classic rock flow effortlessly through this catchy sophomore album
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  18. 8.0 |   DIY

    War On Drugs does an excellent job of sequencing their songs, interrupting batches of well-penned and structured songs with more explicitly textural instrumentals
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  19. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    A swath of nostalgia in a storm of mind-bending audio. This is boss-gaze, and—sorry, old dudes and purity chasers—it's stupendous
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  20. 8.0 |   The Fly

    It’s rambling, sure, but when the wispy clouds disperse, there’s something of an epiphan
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  21. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Echoes with vibrant life, helping make it a work of real wonder. Print edition only

  22. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    [Kurt] Vile may get all the end-of-year glory, but his comrade’s first full-length effort is just as laudable and commendable
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  23. 8.0 |   Rave Magazine

    An immaculate and quite beautiful offering
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  24. 7.5 |   The 405

    A classic rock album that rarely sounds like classic rock
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  25. 7.5 |   Paste Magazine

    Slave Ambient makes you feel good, and I’m glad that’s all they ever wanted
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  26. 7.0 |   Rave Magazine

    If you ever wondered what it would sound like if you smooshed Tom Petty and Neu! together, Slave Ambient might be a good start
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  27. 7.0 |   BBC

    Full of decent songs with a lot of heart
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  28. 7.0 |   NME

    If this lot are attempting to wage war, it seems that at the moment the drugs are still very much winning
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  29. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    This glacial, considered approach might not win The War On Drugs many radio plays, but it’s a method that pays off handsomely across a full album
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  30. 7.0 |   Spin

    It's vexing - in exactly the right way
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  31. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Inconsistent, but nonetheless impressive
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  32. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    A well-studied rock crew with an honest experimental streak
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  33. 6.0 |   The Observer

    His songs thrum and drone and hum like, well, loose ambient rock
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