There is moment in “Eyes To The Wind” – at 2:53; “There’s just a stranger / living in me” – that stops you. It brings up those times where you hadn’t acted up to the image of yourself or you watched the person you love become someone you no longer know. They’re a stranger. “Je est un autre,” Rimbaud said. But he could’ve meant anyone. We are strangers to each other and, often, a stranger to ourselves.
Tensions of love, darkness, freedom, and risk, blanket this album and thrive on a mature songwriting voice. A standout, “Lost In The Dream”, meditates on love’s risks. It sounds like Neil Young and the metaphors last. Granduciel lands on how safe love’s risky games may be. “Love is the key to the games that we play / but don’t mind losing.” Sure you may lose everything, but you may gain the world.
Lost In The Dream by The War on Drugs was released on March 18th.