Sunday, December 14, 2008
#5 Album of 2008: Wagonwheel Blues - The War On Drugs
The War On Drugs
Secretly Canadian Records.
No record fell as unexpectedly into my lap as Wagonwheel Blues; I’d never heard of or read about them until one late July day at Soundscapes where I stood with store-loaned headphones, staring bewilderedly through the album’s tracklist. While I’m unsure how my radar missed this new Secretly Canadian signing, I’m positive their debut belongs among the best this year had to offer. Sometimes serene, often times rocky, Wagonwheel Blues is a folk album swallowed by deafening drones – one that gets stronger with each listen.