La Dispute-Wildlife (2011)

My Rating: 93% (A+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

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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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La Dispute-Somewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between Vega And Altair (2008)

My Rating: 96% (A+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 96%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Such Small Hands
  2. Said The King To The River
  3. Damaged Goods
  4. New Storms For Older Lovers
  5. Fall Down, Never Get Back Up Again
  6. Bury Your Flame
  7. Last Blues For Bloody Knuckles
  8. The Castle Builders
  9. Andria
  10. Then Again, Maybe You Were Right
  11. Sad Prayers For Guilty Bodies
  12. The Last Lost Continent
  13. Nobody, Not Even The Rain

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Really angry at someone in particular.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Doesn’t do anything for me, kinda just bland.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yep, my roommates would kill me if I put it on, though.

Final Thoughts:

La Dispute by all accounts should annoy the hell out of me, loud sounding, angry, strained vocals, these all typically grate against me. But for some reason it just doesn’t, I find relatability in the anger. I found the voice well rounded and interesting. The backing band equally fighting for the spotlight. I would not hold it against you for hating this album, by all means go for it. But it’s the right mix of emotional uneasiness and musical chaos to strike the right chord for me, Somewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between Vega And Altair (ugh shorter album name please) plays off like an angry but well communicated tantrum after a terrible breakup, take that as you will.

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