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Wildlife is a more cathartic album than La Dispute’s 2008 debut, Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair. In “A Departure,” the mood is instantly darkened by detuned guitars and rumbling rhythms while Jordan Dreyer reads a crazed letter aloud, as though somebody had to hold it up for him because of the confining straightjacket. "Harder Harmonies” is where post-hardcore collides with noise rock as Dreyer verbalizes the kind of intensely disturbing thoughts that would give most people anxiety attacks. “St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Blues” is the first song here where Dreyer eschews yelling for actually singing something melodic. But even in those euphonic moments, he’s singing about suicide, unemployment, cancer, and murder. Wildlife is unapologetically self-absorbed. But somehow, the same kind of hyper-narcissistic personality that would repel most people is like a car crash here. When Dreyer rips his heart out in songs like “A Broken Jar,” you can’t help but slow down and look.

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there is a different twist to the feel compared to Somewhere at the Bottom of the River, and the album is not as easy to listen to, it requires a little more attention to enjoy it. Though some of the songs are more similar to older stuff like St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Blues. but altogether amazing music, brilliant lyrics, and passionate portrayal of the theme.

Such Sweet Sorrow

This record is such a gut punch. It starts off with what almost feels like a gentle, wobbly hello and then spins slowly into sorrow and deeper sorrow. I can't help but be entranced by it. If I were to make a comparison, I think of Embrace's first and only record, Defeater, Thursday and the Van Pelt among others. It seems unfair to compare the group.

I love this record. It really twists and recoils and burns like few things I have heard in a long time. Please buy it and support this great band.

Yuhpp, this is a progression

the emotion is totally there, the album gives you goose bumps most notably the end of "King Park"
the instrumentals are there too, and if you don't like the amazing lyrics then listen to the musicianship of the band!
sick album, on repeat for a few days at least!


Formed: 2004 in Grand Rapids, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Grand Rapids, Michigan-based post-hardcore band La Dispute formed in 2004, made up of cousins Jordan Dreyer and Brad Vander Lugt (on vocals and drums, respectively) with friends Kevin Whittemore and Derek Sterenberg on guitars and Adam Kool on bass. The band played locally before releasing debut EP Vancouver in 2006. Shortly after, Sterenberg was replaced by his brother Chad. Adam Vass joined the band in 2007, replacing Kool on bass. Dreyer's lyrics and vocal style lean toward the spoken word style...
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