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Peace of Wild Things

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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tree of Hearts
  • ASIN: B008SUE8ZC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,244 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By B. Wilson on September 11, 2012
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Incredible album with hooks so massive that it destroys anything currently infecting radio, yet with a level of substance and authenticity that today's carbon copy pop artists couldn't even attempt to replicate.

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")

or

"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
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If I still bought records, this album's grooves would be worn out. Amazing songs, amazing emotions. And, the band is even better in concert. I was lucky to see the band, Paper Route, open for Imagine Dragons this year, and what an terrific show. Put this CD/mp3 on repeat, and just let it take you over. I can't recommend this band, and this album, enough. The band is like the offspring of Tears for Fears and Peter Gabriel, with today's beats. Calm your soul, buy it now. You'll never regret your purchase.
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A friend of mine recently recommended this album while we were traveling back from Chicago to Virginia Tech. I immediately fell in love with the musical style, and the excellent lyrics. If you like Mat Kearney, MuteMath, Neon Trees, and/or The Script, I highly recommend checking this one out.

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!
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Ever since discovering Paper Route a couple years ago mainly with the release of "Absence" I've been enamored with their sound. I quickly grabbed the previous EPs and anything of theirs I could get my hands on. They have this beautiful way of twisting music and rhythms to make you just smile as you think, "Wow, this is good!" Then you realize you're smiling while the lead singer (J.T. Daly) is bearing his soul and the pain of heartbreak and disappointment at life's circumstances. They intentionally mix heavily produced elements with raw piano and soaring vocal elements to reflect the complexity and duality of life.

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.
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There's something you should know about me. I didn't really like Paper Route's debut album, "Absence." I thought it had a couple great songs - "Carousel" especially - but it was overall too slow, bland, and meandering for my tastes. All of this is to say that even if you didn't care for the first album... you definitely need to check out "The Peace of Wild Things," an album which completely avoids the dreaded sophomore slump. A few isolated thoughts before the song-by-song breakdown:
* 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).

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LOVE LETTERS - A bold, grand beginning to the album.
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