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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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Arguably the best album of the year.

You have to hand it to No Sleep Records this year for several fantastic releases. Touche Amore's Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me, Balance and Composure's Separation, and now La Dispute's fantastic third album Wildlife. This is one of the most beautiful albums i've heard in a very long time and I am excited to see what these guys do in the future. They are definitely going places. This release will certainly stand on its own in a form of music that has been flooded by wannabes and posers. Thanks La Dispute.


I don't know...something's missing. It might be the slightly less emotional lyrics that kinda tell a story, the much more clean-focused guitar style then in the past, or the long, 14 track album song list, (wait, did I just describe Defeater?? ....ohhh...)
I'm still an avid fan of this band really have to try to NOT like this band, or at least respect Jordan's heartfelt lyrics. But for some reason its just not gripping me like Somewhere At the Bottom of the River did. I couldn't stop playing that album for a month plus...and I've been listening to Wildlife for the past 4 days and I'm already kinda tired of it. But Jordan, you're still my number one inspiration as a writer. I'll continue to listen to Wildlife and see if it grows on me.


Such a strong album, I get chills every time I listen to "all our bruised bodies and the whole heart shrinks". Musical masterpiece.


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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