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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.