Every year around this time, I read every music websites "Top 50 Albums of the Year" lists. It's sort of a ritual at this point. I do my best to keep up with albums from artists in all genres, but inevitably something will slip past me.

It was a great year for music, and Run the Jewels ended on top most lists, but there was one that was constantly top ten—The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream. I knew the band. I knew their sound. And I knew their former bandmate Kurt Vile's solo work, but The War on Drugs' tertiary album just avoided me somehow. But with so many top of the list recommendations, I decided to give it a listen.

It deserves every accolade it receives.

Lost in the Dream is soothing, and ethereal, and complex. You can be an active participant, deriving meaning from its lyrics, or just become swallowed in its sonic beauty. Songs like "Eyes to the Wind," "Burning," and the titled track, "Lost in the Dream," are simply put—classics. They are songs you will endlessly play and listen to again and again. But the whole album also feels like an experience itself, a journey of sorts, and it's a journey you'll want to take. [Spotify]

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