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1 hour ago, FloorFiller said:

I think it’s a good album but not the incredible one that some on here are making it out to be. A lot of it is much of a muchness and there are few highs or lows or real distinguishable moments (that I’ve picked up on so far, anyway). The title track remains my favourite song on there; catchy as fuck that one. 

I agree with this. I think it's a much more consistent album than A Deeper Understanding, which was a bit front loaded and contained two or three songs that weren't quite as good as the rest of the album, but overall I'm not sure it's any better than it. Not that that's a bad thing necessarily, the last few albums have been a really high standard so I'm delighted with another one around that level. I'm only four or five listens in so it's early days but there aren't too many songs jumping out to me as being particularly great or poor on the new album, just a collection of really good songs. The title track is probably my favourite so far too, between that and Harmonia's Dream.

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It didn't have an immediate impact on me on Friday and I was a bit gutted about that because each of the last two blew me away on first listen. I have to say though, it's clicking with me now. I think the songs are gonna really go off live, proper built for arenas. 

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14 minutes ago, CaledonianGonzo said:

Its been nagging at me for a while.... ....... but Mark Radcliffe has just pointed out the title track's similarity to Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes. 

And yup, nailed it.

Yeah I got that from the first listen. Doesn’t detract from the song, but continues to pop in to my head with every listen.

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Fantastic night at the O2. Some of the stuff from lost in a dream really sounds incredible live. Ocean between the waves is my favourite song of theirs and goes hard live (especially with the extended intro).

The only nit pick is I think the setlist is too front loaded. They played some of my favourite songs all in the first half, and I noticed a dip in energy towards the end. Occasional Rain / Thinking of Place / Lost In a dream while fantastic songs are not great closers.

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Their Pyramid stage set in 2014 was excellent and I've enjoyed them a couple of times since.

Really hope they're back on the farm this year. They're touring schedule heavily suggests they will be 🤞

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7 minutes ago, Matt42 said:

setlist (in case anyone was curious what I meant when I said it was front loaded).

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/the-war-on-drugs/2022/the-o2-arena-london-england-63b6eaf3.html

 

Eh, doesn’t look too front loaded to me. Granted, those two songs of their own in the encore are hardly ‘bangers’ but Thinking of a Place is still a great song and one of their better known ones, and I’m sure that cover ended things with a rager. Maybe Red Eye or Under the Pressure in the encore would be more up your alley in the soaring belter category?

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3 minutes ago, FloorFiller said:

Eh, doesn’t look too front loaded to me. Granted, those two songs of their own in the encore are hardly ‘bangers’ but Thinking of a Place is still a great song and one of their better known ones, and I’m sure that cover ended things with a rager. Maybe Red Eye or Under the Pressure in the encore would be more up your alley in the soaring belter category?

Yeah under the pressure sounded really fucking good in that arena and I noticed everyone in the seating was up on their feet dancing.

Maube an encore of under the pressure, occasional rain, thinking of a place would be better.

Occasional Rain is a great track but I’m surprised it’s a tour closer for some sets. I love the track but it definitely wasn’t the most recognised song of the night. 

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1 hour ago, Matt42 said:

Yeah under the pressure sounded really fucking good in that arena and I noticed everyone in the seating was up on their feet dancing.

Maube an encore of under the pressure, occasional rain, thinking of a place would be better.

Occasional Rain is a great track but I’m surprised it’s a tour closer for some sets. I love the track but it definitely wasn’t the most recognised song of the night. 

Was their version of like a hurricane not rocking?

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11 hours ago, Matt42 said:

Fantastic night at the O2. Some of the stuff from lost in a dream really sounds incredible live. Ocean between the waves is my favourite song of theirs and goes hard live (especially with the extended intro).

The only nit pick is I think the setlist is too front loaded. They played some of my favourite songs all in the first half, and I noticed a dip in energy towards the end. Occasional Rain / Thinking of Place / Lost In a dream while fantastic songs are not great closers.

I agree. I'd go even further and say it was front (or at least middle) loaded to the extent it was really strange. This combined with them playing for over 2 hours (and fears over queues for the tube, I guess*) meant that it was probably about half as full where I was as it was at the start. I really enjoyed it, but it felt weird to peak in the middle (Strangest Thing > Red Eyes > Living Proof was amazing) and then tail off rather than building to a climax.

*Didn't have to queue for the tube at all after it finished as so many had already left

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1 hour ago, Florian Saucer Attack said:

Was their version of like a hurricane not rocking?

I’m not a fan of covers tbh. Unless the band is known for performing the cover.

Idk man I’ve paid a ticket to see you. I wanna hear your music. 

5 minutes ago, The Martini Police said:

I agree. I'd go even further and say it was front (or at least middle) loaded to the extent it was really strange. This combined with them playing for over 2 hours (and fears over queues for the tube, I guess*) meant that it was probably about half as full where I was as it was at the start. I really enjoyed it, but it felt weird to peak in the middle (Strangest Thing > Red Eyes > Living Proof was amazing) and then tail off rather than building to a climax.

*Didn't have to queue for the tube at all after it finished as so many had already left

I left when they said their last song was a cover. Smooth journey back too.

It was definitely busy but reduced seating and plenty of elbow room in the crowd made me think the gig was slightly undersold. They are a solid live act and a good popular band but I think setlist and a lack of singalong bangers is holding them back from being any bigger than they currently are. 

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