Review Summary: Who Are We Living For, Dispatch's final studio release, is definitely worth a listen. Dispatch's ability to cover many genres so well is unmatched. This album is a definite pick-up.
Who Are We Living For? was Dispatch's final studio release before their 2004 break-up. This album consists of genres they had not previously explored, as well as many more acoustic tracks than their previous releases.
Chad Urmston: Vox, Guitar, Bass
Pete Francis: Vox, Bass, Guitar
Braddigan: Vox, Drums, Guitar
In Who Are We Living For?, each member of the band contributes with his own style of music. For instance, Chad's Time Served
and Bulls on Parade
show his reggae/funk background. Carry You
, by Pete, shows off his acoustic and lyric writing abilities. Prince of Spades
is one of Braddigan's popular solo tracks, mainly influenced by rock and folk. When all three members of Dispatch come together, they blend all of their different styles of music together to create a signature Dispatch song.
In this album, Dispatch dared to explore new genres of music. They covered a Rage Against the Machine song, Bulls on Parade, which is very hard to do. De la Rocha's vocals and Morello's guitars are very hard to duplicate. Playing this song only shows off Dispatch's talent. Also, the song Gone
is very strange. I couldn't tell you exactly what genre this is, but this acoustic track is both eerie and beautiful at the same time.
All in all, this album's only problem is consistency. There was no need for seven instrumental tracks. All they did was clog the album's fluency and sound. Other than the numerous instrumentals, there are no real low points in the album. It is hard to pick out the highlight songs of Who Are We Living For? because so many good songs cover so many different genres. Not many albums will contain a reggae song [Passerby
], a metal jam [Bulls on Parade], seven instrumentals, and an acoustic love song [Carry You].
Dispatch and it's three talented members will never cease to amaze. Their musical talent is indescribable, and their ability to cover so many genres is outstanding. Whether the members are playing with their own solo bands, or playing together as Dispatch, they will always be attracting eyes and ears with their unique sounds. Who Are We Living For? only reiterates Dispatch's skill and it is a definite listen to all music lovers. Whether you need a mellow love song, a metal jam, or a reggae tune, Who Are We Living For? will keep you listening from start to finish.