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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2011
Being somewhat new to La Dispute, my only experience with their music was their previous LP "Somewhere At the Bottom..." which was at moments brilliant, but inconsistent. Having spent the past few months enjoying their particular flavor of post-hardcore (spoken word with some screaming), I had high expectations for Wildlife. With that said, I will review the packaging and music separately because they both play an integral part:

Packaging
I bought the vinyl copy of this album, and the packaging is really nice. The copy I got was 2 LPs, one marbled green and one clear. The one major gripe that I have with the vinyl packaging is that a lyric sheet was not included. So much of this album revolves around the lyrical themes that to expect someone to listen to it while reading lyrics on their cell phone (like I did) is absurd. However, the vinyls came in great condition and sound great. I have listened to the album on MP3 and vinyl and the vinyl is definitely a step up.

Music
One of the first reviews I read of this album started with an emphatic "read along with the lyrics while you listen to this album the first time!" I ignored this advice, and on my first listen found the album good but nothing special. On my second listen, I decided to follow the reviewer's advice and what I ended up finding is a nasty, heartbreaking little album about growing up, tragedy, cancer, murder, and most shockingly, hope. In much the same way that Control by Pedro the Lion showed the seedy underbelly of human ugliness, I consistently felt the lyrics poking at sub-conscious thoughts and feelings. The album climaxes with "All Our Bruised Bodies" where the lyricist wants to hear all the sick, sad stories of the world, summed up in the lines "Tell me that you're struggling, tell me that you're scared. No, tell me that you're terrified of life. Tell me that it's difficult to not think of death sometimes." Far from a call to suicide, the lyricist seems to marvel at the resilience of humanity.

In short, this is definitely not an album to put on in the background of a party or to put on for a bit of light listening. It is a heavy experience that is worth the focus that you put into it. Give it a few spins and read along, thank me later.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2012
The title of this review is a line from a song on this album, a line that hangs like a bare incandescent light bulb from the cieling of every when, where and how ive ever known. My little niece played a song for me in the car (which she does a lot and im really never impressed) and for once i said "who was that" and "play that again" (i'm 44-years-old, she 13, the song was "The Most Beautiful Bitter Fruit" all quoted lines in this review are from that song). I'm from the old school of punk rock, this is not that, im still trying to figure out what im reminded of when i hear the soul of the singer as he rips it from his spinal cord and flings it around into a ocean of guitar and drum beats, an awful beauty, as cathartic as it is blunt; as poetic as it seems hap-hazzard...mistake me not this is "a roaring undercurrent simple and senory...its like medicine,". If you like being slapped in the face with your own humanity, then brotha, then sista, buy this little jewel of an lp and cram it down your throat hole.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2011
Let's talk about emo/screamo music. This genre has one of the worst reps in all of the music industry, and it's not difficult to see why; A bunch of douchebags in skinny jeans with hair straighteners and low self esteem started listening to it, and then those douchebags that listened to the original, good stuff and decided to make an emo band of their own. Yay! And then more douchebags listened to that douchebags band and made their own band and so on and so forth. We are so far down that line of recycled emo/screamo/post-hardcore music that it's near impossible to even imagine that good music has ever, or could ever still be produced within the genre. But hark! Along comes La Dispute and takes a big steamy dump all over everyone's preconceptions.

The fact of the matter is that in whatever genre, no matter how bad of a reputation it has, there will always be a solid amount of artists still producing objectively good music within it. La Dispute are not the only good screamo/post-hardcore band around, but they are the last of a dying breed (or the first of a new batch, hopefully?). They make music that is sincerely emotional and depressing in the truest sense. The lyrical themes are dark and bleak, often focusing on the nature of suffering, sin and redemption, decay, internal struggles and struggles of interrelation.

The album is best heard in a single setting for it's full emotional impact. The lyrics are vivid and full of imagery, and contain a very poetic and lucid quality to them. They are told from the perspective of a writer, as many of the songs contain focused narratives which work as short stories, and there are four tracks spread throughout the album which act as the author's liner notes; monologues projecting the pain and anguish of his own creative process.

I can easily see a lot of people being turned off of this band due to their melodramatic nature and lead vocalist Jordan Dreyer's somewhat frantic delivery. Although these in actuality are the bands greatest strengths. Dreyer frequently alternates between hardcore screaming, singing and spoken word very unpredictably, as if he can't control his voice. He uses this absolutely masterfully, it's the kind of performance that has the power to make your hairs stand straight, but only if you let it. As I say, his delivery is not for everyone, his vocal inflection sounds similar to a lot of other really, really bad bands out there, however none of them have ever used this style to produce something this genuinely moving until now.

La Dispute have managed to create a harrowing tapestry of pain, anguish and suffering. The lyrics create a world where everything decays and dies, redemption is futile and hopes and dreams are for the people unable to take an honest look at the world. It is a work as painful as it is beautiful, and deserves full recognition for it's artistic achievement, regardless of it's genre ties, and should serve as a wake-up call that good art can be made in any shape or size (or sound!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2012
If you've experienced Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair, you know what La Dispute is about. If not, you'll just have to listen; I can't do these guys justice. This time around the instrumentals take a backseat to Jordan's masterful vocals, which interweave two distinct (but eventually blurred) narratives, one a discontinuous and elusive account of personal loss and the other a series of stories that explore the themes like death, fear, abandonment, loneliness, and (deeply buried here) hope. Wildlife is an emotional and musical roller coaster, bounding through the darkest depths of the human condition. But just when you think you've hit rock bottom and all is lost, you are delivered to an overwhelmingly beautiful, cathartic, explosive finale. Like another reviewer said, Wildlife isn't an album you can expect to appreciate after a casual listen (which, sadly, probably turns off a lot of would-be fans). It takes a real investment of your heart and your mind. But it will grow on you like crazy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2012
It's like at the drive in, but only with the power of God and better lyrics (and music). I haven't heard anything, probably since my first Melvins album as a weeee cub in 2001 that has stirred something in me like this album. I cannot say enough good, so I will just stop here.
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on July 4, 2012
While I loathe comparing bands against each other, it seems almost necessary to establish a comparative point from which to discuss La Dispute.

If you're a fan of the band Thursday, especially their earlier material with more emphasis on beat-poetry styled breakdowns and social-commentary lyrics, La Dispute is a band likely to impress you.

A quick word of caution, some people find fault with the style of the Lead Singer (I consider his performance indicative of pronounced emotion, but I've heard it described as "rap-crying"). If "classically-trained singer" is a requirement or even preference for your musical tastes, La Dispute may not be the band for you.

However, if you have grown tired of the overused cliche's attached with the 'angst' associated with unrequited teenage love so familiar in the genre of Post-Hardcore/Screamo, La Dispute's lyrics offer a fresh insight into the human condition.

I recommend listening to the following tracks before making your purchase:

Track 2 - Harder Harmonies
Track 4 - Edit your Hometown
Track 7 - The Most Beautiful Bitter Fruit
Track 10 - Edward Benz, 27 Times

If you are still unsure, tracks 9 and 11 are great also.
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on June 23, 2015
My girlfriend told me to check this band out, so I bought a copy at my local music store. I've never been so shaken by music before in my life. The lyrics are close to the likings of famous poets and the instrumentals are as beautiful as those of such bands as Pink Floyd. Now some my get mad at me for comparing one of the greatest bands of all time to LD. But I stand to my point with saying that this is one of the best bands I have ever heard.
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on February 22, 2015
Frankly the best album I have ever listened to in my entire life. This album was so good that I am actually writing an Amazon review. Mind you, I have never written one before in my life. Listen to this album with lyrics at hand. It comes with a little lyric book. This album both changed and saved my life. If I could, I'd give it 10 stars.
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on May 27, 2013
With a sound that is probably not for everyone, La Dispute successfully conveys emotions I have rarely felt while listening to music.

I would definitely look this album up on youtube before buying it.
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Definitely stream it online before purchase.. Jordan's voice can take some getting used to, but brilliant lyrics and instrumentation on this album.

P.S. This band is excellent live too!
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