Wagonwheel Blues

Wagonwheel Blues is the debut album by American indie rock band The War on Drugs, released on June 19, 2008 on Secretly Canadian. Primarily a collaboration between founding members Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile, it is the only studio album to feature contributions from drummer Kyle Lloyd.

Wagonwheel Blues
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 19, 2008
GenreIndie rock, rock, Americana
Length43:03
LabelSecretly Canadian
ProducerAdam Granduciel, Kurt Vile, Jeff Zeigler
The War on Drugs chronology
Barrel of Batteries
(2008)
Wagonwheel Blues
(2008)
Future Weather
(2010)
Singles from Wagonwheel Blues
  1. "Taking the Farm"
    Released: September 29, 2008

Background and recordingEdit

Upon the album's release, vocalist and guitarist Adam Granduciel noted that the album's songs "each have their own little time frame spanning over the last six-to-seven years."[1] Granduciel elaborated, "There are sounds on these songs from over eight years of home recording; bits and pieces here and there, dumped from cassettes, MiniDiscs, samplers, rough mixes run through amps and sampled, but most importantly all the performances are fresh and invigorating."[1]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [2]
Drowned in Sound8/10[3]
Pitchfork7.8/10[4]
Tiny Mix Tapes     [5]

The album received generally positive reviews.

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Adam Granduciel, except where noted.

No.TitleMusicLength
1."Arms Like Boulders" 5:20
2."Taking the Farm"Granduciel, Vile4:00
3."Coast Reprise"Granduciel, Vile3:15
4."Buenos Aires Beach" 3:23
5."There Is No Urgency" 6:19
6."A Needle in Your Eye #16" 4:54
7."Reverse the Charges" 3:20
8."Show Me the Coast"Granduciel, Vile10:03
9."Barrel of Batteries" 2:29
Total length:43:03

PersonnelEdit

The War on DrugsEdit

  • Adam Granduciel - vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, harmonica, drums, organs, samplers, rhodes, ms16, piano
  • Kurt Vile - electric and acoustic 12-string guitars, lead jazzmaster, vocals, OB-8, wurlitzer, trumpet, piano
  • David Hartley - electric bass (1 & 2)
  • Kyle Lloyd - drums, percussion, Casper (1 & 5)

Additional musiciansEdit

  • Paul Cobb - left and right drums (2)
  • Ryan Cobb - sweep guitar (2)

Recording personnelEdit

  • Adam Granduciel - producer, recording (3, 4, 7 & 9), mixing (3, 4, 7 & 9)
  • Kurt Vile - producer
  • Jeff Zeigler - producer, recording (6 & 8), mixing (6 & 8)
  • Ryan Cobb - recording (1, 2 & 5)
  • Paul Cobb - recording (1, 2 & 5)
  • Michael Johnson - additional engineering
  • Kyle Lloyd - additional engineering
  • Brian McTear - mixing (2 & 5)
  • John Martin - amplifier preparation

ArtworkEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b James (25 June 2008). "[Interview] The War on Drugs". Pop Headwound. Blogspot. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  2. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Wagonwheel Blues – The War on Drugs". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  3. ^ Ubaghs, Charles (6 June 2008). "Album Review: The War On Drugs - Wagonwheel Blues". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  4. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. (10 July 2008). "The War on Drugs: Wagonwheel Blues Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  5. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (30 September 2008). "The War on Drugs - Wagonwheel Blues". NME. Retrieved 3 August 2020.