La Dispute-Wildlife (2011)

My Rating: 93% (A+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 93% (A+)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. A Departure
  2. Harder Harmonies
  3. St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Blues
  4. Edit Your Hometown
  5. A Letter
  6. Safer In The Forest/Love Song For Poor Michigan
  7. The Most Beautiful Bitter Fruit
  8. A Poem
  9. King Park
  10. Edward Benz, 27 Times
  11. I See Everything
  12. A Broken Jar
  13. All Our Bruised Bodies And The Whole Heart Shrinks
  14. You And I In Unison

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Hurt and angry.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s alright, don’t know if it really fits their sound, though.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Very badly, yes.

Final Thoughts:

I recently saw King Krule live, and one of the things the friend I went with said really stuck with me: “his performance looks like he’s in anguish.” I couldn’t agree more, and I think if King Krule is the performer who looks in pain, Jordan Dreyer is the singer who sounds like he’s in utter torment. And it works to his credit, where bands try to get across an ounce of emotion that La Dispute does, they can end up sounding whiny and pathetic. But somehow Dreyer and his crew get away with it. His narrative style isn’t so self-focused, songs like King Park (which seems all too relevant these days) really show that he’s actually just a really good songwriter. La Dispute is an impressive band, not just angry with emotion to let out, but musicians who are in pain who are trying to make sense of things.

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