For a band with so many experimental pop influences, The War On Drugs’ Wagonwheel Blues continues the recent thematic trend of Springsteen nostalgia, while also hinting at the intrepid Americana explorations of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Is this necessarily a bad thing? Not in the case of this release, which manages to infuse the songs with some of the sonic textures of shoegaze and post-rock. The best parts of Wagonwheel Blues are windows into what it might sound like if Springsteen, Petty and Brian Eno had ever jammed. Songs like “There Is No Insurgency” and “A Needle In Your Eye #16″ (a nod to Eno’s song “A Needle in a Camel’s Eye”) are perfect examples. Wagonwheel Blues gets under your skin with a new vision of Americana. (Secretly Canadian) –DJ Pangburn