La Dispute - Wildlife
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Based on 3 reviews
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Based on 145 ratings
2011 Ratings: #22
October 4, 2011 / Release Date
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No Sleep / Label
Post-Hardcore / Genres
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Edit: If the opening little guitar riff on Edward Benz doesn't make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, you're not human.

ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE. One of the most emotional, bare bones pieces I've ever listened to. La Dispute come at the listener with an unprecedented emotional ferocity with tracks like King Park, A Broken Jar and Edward Benz. Definitely an essential album for fans of post hardcore or spoken word.
(Shout out Zach AKA Thanos for recommending this, he's a lad with great recommendations)

Jesus Christ. The pure emotion of this record is astounding. This came out of the blue for me, but this album is an emotional punch in the face. It's a very meta listen, with the album referring to itself multiple times, but not in a narcissistic way. It's a very inward looking record, and seems more of a harsh self critique of itself then an actual album. It's almost hard to listen to because of how ... read more
Wildlife is probably one of the best post-hardcore albums I've ever heard. The amount of emotion pushed into every one of these tracks is unbelievable. The lyrics are extremely well-written and heart-wrenching, each song telling a dark story. The instrumentals compliment these lyrics so well. I genuinely love this so much and am surprised I've never heard of this band before.

Favourite Tracks: King Park; Edward Benz, 27 Times; Harder Harmonies; Safer In The Forest/Love Song For Poor Michigan; ... read more
DO NOT sleep on this album if you read the label "emo/post-hardcore" and assume it's shitty. This doesn't really count as emo in my opinion, but if you throw this on an emo list this is the best of all time. Emotionally charged, heart-wrenching and experimental. This is one of the best albums of all time, definitely in the running for best of the early 2010's.
One of the most emotional albums of the 2010's and is an essential piece of post-hardcore music as every track is well written and full with some much passion and raw emotion that it just bursts out after the first track. Honestly, if I listened to this album when i was younger it would be a contender for a 10/10 record for me much like Brand New's The Devil and The God Are Raging Inside Me and in some ways both this album and that are very similar and are both just as amazing.

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Track List

  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
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