Genre: Alternative
Label: Atlantic
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,


The War On Drugs I Don't Live Here Anymore 2LP

The War On Drugs

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TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Informal

Fifth Studio Album on Double LP!
Follow-Up to Grammy-Winning Best Rock Album A Deeper Understanding!

2023 Grammy Award Nominee:
• Best Rock Song: "Harmonia's Dream"

Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums Of 2021 - Rated 34/50!
Consequence Top 50 Albums Of 2021 - Rated 32/50!
Paste's The 50 Best Albums Of 2021 - Rated 20/50!

Over the last 15 years, The War On Drugs have steadily emerged as one of this century's great rock and roll synthesists, removing the gaps between the underground and the mainstream, making records that wrestle a fractured past into a unified and engrossing present. The War On Drugs have never done that as well as they do with their fifth studio album, I Don't Live Here Anymore, an uncommon rock album about one of our most common but daunting processes - resilience in the face of despair.

Just a month after A Deeper Understanding received the 2018 Grammy for Best Rock Album, the band retreated to upstate New York to jam and cut new demos. It was the start of a dozen-plus session odyssey that spanned three years and seven studios, including some of rock's greatest sonic workshops like Electric Lady in New York and Los Angeles' Sound City. Band leader Adam Granduciel and trusted co-producer/engineer Shawn Everett spent untold hours peeling back every piece of these songs and rebuilding them.

One of the most memorable sessions occurred in May 2019 at Electro-Vox, in which the band's entire line-up - rounded out by keyboardist Robbie Bennett, drummer Charlie Hall, and saxophonist Jon Natchez - convened to record the affecting album opener "Living Proof". Typically, Granduciel assembles The War On Drugs records from reams of overdubs, like a kind of rock 'n' roll jigsaw puzzle. But for "Living Proof", the track came together in real time, as the musicians drew on their chemistry as a live unit to summon some extemporaneous magic. The immediacy of the performance was appropriate for one of the most personal songs Granduciel has ever written.

The War On Drugs' particular combination of intricacy and imagination animates the 10 songs of I Don't Live Here Anymore, buttressing the feelings of Granduciel's personal odyssey. It's an expression of rock 'n' roll's power to translate our own experience into songs we can share and words that direct our gaze toward the possibility of what is to come.

I Don't Live Here Anymore is a warmer, friendlier reading of the sound that could feel impenetrable on the War on Drugs' last album. On top of the more accessible production, this record also boasts some of Granduciel's most immediate songs, making it some of the best work from a band with a near-spotless track record.
-Fred Thomas,, 4/5 stars (The AllMusic 2021 Year In Review - Favorite Rock Albums)


  • Double LP
  • Gatefold jacket with foldover flap
  • Manufactured in France


Side A:

  1. Living Proof
  2. Harmonia's Dream
  3. Change

Side B:

  1. I Don't Wanna Wait
  2. Victim

Side C:

  1. I Don't Live Here Anymore
  2. Old Skin
  3. Wasted

Side D:

  1. Rings Around My Father's Eyes
  2. Occasional Rain

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