The Edge’s Top 10 Albums of 2014: #9


The War on Drugs – Lost In The Dream

Released on March 18th 2014, Secretly Canadian Records

The War on Drugs’ third studio album received universal acclaim, and has topped numerous end-of-year charts. The recording took place over two years, and went through several rewrites before release. The bands primary songwriter Adam Granduciel wrote the record when he was struggling to adjust to everyday life after almost a year of solid touring, and this depression was a lyrical theme on the record. Our contributors ranked it ninth in The Edge’s list.


  • 14% of contributors included the album in their top 10
  • Of those, one contributor ranked it in their top 3.

“Mark Kozelek can say what he like about War on Drugs but this album is absolutely incredible. The NME described this album as “The very best kind of Americana road-trip record” and I can think of no better-fitting description of this latest offering from WOD. Tracks such as ‘Suffering’ and ‘Under the Pressure’ providing much needed musical sustenance during my long and boring journeys from my home in Manchester to university.”
– Anonymous, ranked the album #4.

“A very popular choice this year, Lost in a Dream deserves the recognition it receives. A softly shifting and evolving record, where each track flows perfectly into the next with commendable deftness.”
– Alex Meehan, Head of Events, ranked the album #7.

Other accolades:

  • Ranked #1 in Q’s ‘top 50 Albums Of 2014’ list.
  • Ranked #2 in MOJO’s ’50 Best Albums Od 2014′ list.
  • Ranked #2 in The Guardian readers’ pick ‘Best albums of 2014’ list.
  • Ranked #2 in The Guardian’s ‘Best albums of 2014’ list.
  • Ranked #3 in Pitchfork’s ‘The 50 Best Albums of 2014’ list.


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