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La Dispute – Wildlife (2011)

November 10, 2011

La Dispute - Wildlife

I’ve been thinking of exile / I’ve been thinking hit the highway and head up north / I’ve been thinking cross the bridge and don’t come back

These Grand Rapids boys really blew it out of the water on this one. I was unsure they could top their debut, a record plenty of you probably love, but they did in spades. The vision is clearer, the songcraft is tighter, and Wildlife blows through a nearly hour-long tracklist without even what seems to be a missed step to be found. Vocalist Jordan Dreyer seems to have gotten older and wiser, and his lyrics on this sophomore effort show him to be a much more versatile songwriter than people thought before, not trapped in a fairly singular strand of thought like he has been in the past.

They’ve really come into their own with this album. It’s been nice to see it get some attention from more major publications and outlets (NPR!), so maybe they’re getting more mainstream favor these days. They certainly deserve it.

  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

Try It

From → Albums

4 Comments
  1. thanks for this great album, i really enjoy your blog. would you like exchange link? greetings http://prophetofdeath.blogspot.com/

    • Sure! That’s a nice site you’ve got, I’d love to exchange links 🙂

  2. Both videos are not working anymore. Downloading the album anyway.

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