The psychedelic-Americana outfit The War on Drugs are riding high on the success of their third studio album Lost in the Dream, and they recently stopped by Minnesota's 89.3 The Current to perform a rendition of Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up in Blue."
The boys from Philadelphia — Adam Granduciel on vocals and guitar, Dave Hartley on bass, Robbie Bennett on keyboards and Charlie Hall on drums — do Dylan complete justice on the cover, Stereogum notes. Their version of "Tangled" sounds like a track that was left off of Lost in the Dream. Check it out over at The Current's website (the performance starts at 22:25, or the segment is also posted in the playlist bar to the right on their page).
"Tangled" was included on Dylan's phenomenal 1975 album Blood on the Tracks and is considered one of the best songs in the singer's catalog. Rolling Stone had it at number 68 on its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. "It's still one of his most frequently performed live staples," the magazine wrote. "It was the six-minute opener from Blood on the Tracks, written as his first marriage was falling apart."
The War on Drugs put out Lost in the Dream in March, and the record peaked at 26 on the Billboard 200 chart. Pitchfork gave the album an 8.8, writing, "But the obsessiveness and insecurity pay off massively on Lost in the Dream — this is the War on Drugs' most lustrous, intricately detailed, and beautifully rendered record to date. In essence, the War on Drugs have evolved as a band on an album-to-album basis in precisely the same fashion as so many of their songs: what at first seemed like a fairly straightforward, traditionalist roots-rock exercise has very gradually, very subtly blossomed into something wondrous and profound."