There's a moment midway through "Under the Pressure," the monumental opening song on The War on Drugs' remarkable third album, "Lost in the Dream," where the music fades to a whisper. A swaggering jamboree of shakers, ambling piano and low, rumbling horns dials down for several beats and then cranks up again, charging forward on the back of resurgent drums. These kinds of moments, deft and beguiling, distinguish "Lost in the Dream"'s sweeping 10 tracks, which cement the Philadelphia band as one of the most vital torchbearers of American rock'n'roll.

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