The War on Drugs: A Deeper Understanding

On August 25, 2017, “Atlantic” label released “A Deeper Understanding”, the fourth War on Drugs (The) studio album. It was recorded in 2017, and was produced by Adam Granduciel. “A Deeper Understanding” won “Best Rock Album” at the “60th Annual Grammy Awards”.


  • Adam Granduciel – vocals, Linn drum, samplers, Yamaha CS-5, piano, Wurlitzer, mellotron, Hammond organ, E70 organ, Nashville guitars, acoustic guitars and electric guitars, vibes, celeste, Juno 106, synthesizers, bass guitar, Korg Trident, harmonica, Arp Solina, Vox Jaguar, Roland Juno-60, tape loops, Vox organ, drums, percussion
  • Robbie Bennett – Prophet 12, piano, celeste, Hammond organ, Rhodes, Baldwin organ, backing vocals
  • Anthony LaMarca – acoustic and electric guitar, slide guitar, drums, backing vocals
  • Jon Natchez – baritone saxophone
  • Dave Hartley – bass guitar, glockenspiel, acoustic guitar, fretless bass, Höfner bass, backing vocals
  • Charlie Hall – drums, percussion, electric guitar, vibes, backing vocals
  • Patrick Berkery – drums, percussion
  • Michael Bloch – electric rhythm guitar, electric guitar
  • Meg Duffy – slide guitar
  • Max Hart – Prophet 6, Oberheim expander, pedal steel
  • Otto Hauser – drums, percussion
  • Darren Jesse – drums, percussion
  • Michael Johnson – Arp Odyssey
  • Josh Kauffman – amplified voice, electric guitar
  • Parker Kindred – percussion
  • Sterling Laws – drums, percussion
  • Lucius (Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig) – backing vocals 
  • Carter Tanton – acoustic guitar
  • The Dove & The Wolf (Louise Hayat & Paloma Gil) – backing vocals
  • Shawn Everett – mixing
  • Greg Calbi – mastering

Track listing:

All tracks by Adam Granduciel, except where noted.

  1. Up All Night
  2. Pain
  3. Holding On – lyrics by Adam Granduciel, music by Adam Granduciel, Robbie Bennett
  4. Strangest Thing
  5. Knocked Down
  6. Nothing to Find
  7. Thinking of Peace
  8. In Chains
  9. Clean Living
  10. You Don’t Have to Go

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