La Dispute - Wildlife
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Based on 4 reviews
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Based on 270 ratings
2011 Ratings: #19
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My relationship with La Dispute is a strange one. Frankly, my relationship with emo in general is bizarre. The topic of death and depression makes me deeply uncomfortable, yet time and time again, I never fail to gravitate to the darkest of albums—Wildlife is no exception. Jordan Dreyer’s lyrics & performance on this album is fucking relentlessly, almost agonizingly sad, and I love every single moment of it.

This record is strangely cathartic, even though I relate with very few ... read more


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.


First of all, I would like to give regards to @Zach on here. R.I.P. buddy, I didn't really get to know you all that much, but just know you will be missed dearly, and I truly hope you've found peace wherever you are now.

Now for the actual review:

Its hard to judge this critically because of the context I am listening to this in. Reasoning for that is really cause how prevalent the themes of death and depression is on here is suffocating with how descriptive it is on every single track on ... read more


It's hard to make out but the cursive does in fact say the album title.

Well, I've been meaning to listen to this thing with the critical acclaim that it has gotten and how it's supposed to make me cry. But going on a side of caution for now, does it hold up to the hype?

In terms of strengths I will throw in this album's direction, the instrumentation is wonderfully punchy with the crunchy distorted guitars and pounding drums keeping the intensity of a post-hardcore record. The lyrics are ... read more


Wildlife is one of the most fascinating albums I've ever listened to. The album functions as a study on human suffering, and it explores this theme through four different "acts," each of which opens with a letter by our protagonist, detailing his personal struggles and losses.

In Act 1, our protagonist explores his own experience with suffering through different angles. On "Harder Harmonies," music functions as a crutch and a tool to help understand the world, but it always ... read more


a Departure - 5/5
Harder Harmonies - 4.5/5
St Paul...- 4.5/5
Edit Your Hometown - 4.5/5
a Letter - 4.5/5
Safer In The Forest...- 4.5/5
The Most Beautiful Bitter Fruit - 4.5/5
a Poem - 5/5
King Park - 5/5
Edward Benz, 27 Times - 5/5 (this song will make you cry :'( )
I See Everything - 5/5 (this song will make you cry again)
a Broken Jar - 4.5/5
all our bruised bodies...- 4.5/5
You and I in Unison - 4.5/5

Avg% = 94

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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

Year End Lists

#7/The Needle Drop
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Added on: December 31, 2012