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Lyrically, much of The Peace of Wild Things chronicles the devastation and fallout from a divorce.
With lyrics like
"You always wanted the best around, so you messed around, on the blessed ground we stood" (from "Letting You Let Go")
"You gave up and I lost track, when you love someone who don't love back, it don't matter who's at fault, nothing matters now at all" (from "Better Life")
You can almost feel your heart ripping out of your chest. The album is vulnerable, painful, and honest, yet there's strands of hope throughout.
Listen to the falsetto in the chorus of "Letting You Let Go". As frontman JT Daly sings "I don't want to hurt forever", it's a single moment of desperation, heartbreak, and longing but it captures everything that's amazing about music. It meets people where they're at, it picks them up off the floor, it gives them something to shout at the top of their lungs and claim as their own, and most importantly, it brings healing. This is The Peace of Wild Things
Something I should point out - I tend to not be able to really enjoy any music unless it has both components (good music, positive lyrics), and Paper Route does not disappoint. The lyrics are real, emotional, and through almost every song will uplift you in a relatable way, on top of tracks that are dynamic and have a wide variety of energy levels. Here are thoughts on some of my favorite tracks (although the entire album is solid from start to finish).
Love Letters - Excellent first track. Gives you an idea of what to expect from the rest of the album.
Better Life - I really love running to this one. It keeps me focused on the good things even though my life has been tumultuous at times. "And what is done is done, piece together what's been broken, can you ever give up someone? A better life, a better life is waiting!" Great beats.
Glass Heart Hymn - Hauntingly beautiful. Really don't know how to describe it much better than that. Such a soulful outpouring of emotion, and as the message of the song begins to resolve itself, from self induced despair, to when the children start singing hallelujah... It'll give you goosebumps!
Sugar - Dig it. Apologetic love song of renewed drive, devotion, and beauty.
Calm My Soul - Fantastic closing track. I've struggled with anxiety most of my life and upon hearing this track it felt as if it were written just for me. Starts off rather soft, and then builds steadily.
In short, buy this album. You will not be disappointed!
That's why I came to love Paper Route and that is why this album does anything but disappoint. In a sense they have kept exactly what makes them who they are. You'll feel a familiarity with many of the songs on "The Peace of Wild Things." In another sense it's a real development and continuation of the track they've been on for years. "Tamed" is incredibly eerie and enchanting. On the flip side I can't seem to stop listening to songs like "Better Life" and "Two Hearts" and stomping my foot or pounding my fist along to the driving rhythm and singing along to the incredibly catchy melodies.
It was painful waiting for Paper Route to release a new album after "Absence" but I was pleasantly surprised to not have to warm up to this new album or let it grow on me. Instantly, I knew this album was worth the wait.
* Paper Route is probably best described as alt-pop or indie pop. "Rock" seems like the wrong word to describe their glossy, polished, synth-happy sound. Discard all of your negative associations of the word "pop" - Paper Route takes all of the components of your typical radio pop song and makes beautiful music out of them.
* The album is highly varied from song to song sonically. People who appreciate diversity will like this album. Those who appreciate more cohesion may be a bit thrown by this, but...
* ... the lyrical content ties all of the different sounds together. It was written in the fallout of a brutal divorce, so a lot of the songs have a lot of sadness beneath their ostensibly happy, shiny exterior. This is "sad pop" at its finest, America.
* The album grows on you. It's one of the rare gems that gets better, not worse, as you listen to it more and more. It's worth investing your money in.
* The whole album is great, and it's not that expensive, so you should buy it. But if you can't... at least get "Letting You Let Go" and "Glass Heart Hymn," arguably the two best songs on the album (although several other songs could certainly challenge those for position).
LOVE LETTERS - A bold, grand beginning to the album.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This band was kind of a shot in the dark for me. I had only ever heard one of their songs because my friend, Aubrey, would play it whenever we were road tripping to Walmart while... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tricia Morrison
I really really enjoy these guys. I love finding new bands to listen to especially when they break the molding of "mainstream" artists. Read morePublished on February 17, 2014 by T-Burd
Many others have already described what an excellent album this is, so I'll try to contribute something a little different. Read morePublished on December 25, 2013 by A. Barber
I wasn't sure what to expect when I put this CD in. I fell in love with 'Letting You Let Go" and hoped I would fall foe the whole CD. Read morePublished on December 19, 2013 by sabrinamdabney
Fabulous album - super group. They also put on a spectacular live show. Don't miss them if they are ever near you!Published on December 11, 2013 by Cynthia
Heard this band play for the first time when they were on tour with Switchfoot. I was impressed then and I've finally bought the full album. Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by CarolynJ
If anyone has never listened to this band, you are missing out! I am so glad that my friend introduced this band to me!!Published on September 6, 2013 by Amy Simpson
I want to buy this album again and again, because I love it so much!
Musically, I love a band that's intense and energetic and sounds like they could go off the rails at... Read more