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Slave Ambient
The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2011 Ratings: #116 / 892
Year End Rank: #25
User Score
Based on 91 ratings
2011 Ratings: #76
August 16, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Secretly Canadian / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

The War On Drugs goes big on Slave Ambient, strumming and swelling all the way back to the cheap seats.

90
musicOMH

Slave Ambient is an amazing record, but it is far from immediate as these songs take time to develop into something tangible.

83
Pitchfork

The really amazing thing about the album is how anthemic and affirming it feels despite the near total absence of proper sing-along choruses.

80
No Ripcord

Vile may get all the end-of-year glory, but his comrade’s first full-length effort is just as laudable and commendable.

80
PopMatters

Slave Ambient is a well-crafted and euphoric album, but somehow it doesn’t have much that sticks out.

May 9, 2017
thomasuic
80
Slave Ambient is a great introduction to The War on Drugs Lost in The Dream their actual potential
Feb 14, 2016
Felindie
65
Fav Tracks: Brothers, Black Water Falls
Nov 17, 2014
Tom Simmons
87
Fav Tracks: Baby Missiles, Come To The City, Brothers, Blackwater, Best Night, It's Your Destiny, I Was There, You're Love Is Calling My Name
MISC LISTS
#16/Old Waver
#32/Pitchfork Readers
Track List
  1. Best Night 
  2. Brothers 
  3. I Was There 
  4. Your Love Is Calling My Name 
  5. The Animator 
  6. Come to the City 
  7. Come For It 
  8. It's Your Destiny 
  9. City Reprise #12 
  10. Baby Missiles 
  11. Original Slave 
  12. Black Water Falls