Top 10 Albums of 2011 #7

The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient

When I listen to Slave Ambient I can’t help but feel like I’m somewhere else; on the road, on a beach, at the base of a mountain. The sounds surround my head but somehow everything including the drums, guitars, synths, and vocals feel distant. Despite all that, I hold this album close because it feels so welcoming and warm. Every song is great to me, but the album feels clearly centered around the track “Come to the City.” Adam Granduciel stuck this song in the middle of this album and surrounded it by two instrumental tracks (one to lead into it and one to lead out of it) and in doing so made this song feel that much grander. This album will always have a place for me because as I said earlier this year it’s the first album I listened to after moving into my new apartment. For me this album represents that feeling when you leave home, but also that feeling when you arrive at a new one–that bittersweet feeling you get when one journey in your life has ended, and a new, exciting, scary one is only just beginning.

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