La Dispute
Here, Hear. II


4.0
excellent

Review

by gaz USER (19 Reviews)
February 28th, 2010 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 'So he scraped and scratched and scrabbled and scrooged and then scrooged again and scrabbled and scratched and scraped.'

The wonderful thing about the Here, Hear series is the unconventional and intimate recording of every piece; the honesty and sincerity of La Dispute is consequently captured entirely. Continuing the trend that Here, Hear. I set, the second in the series follows suit by showcasing the completely different side to the usually high energy post-hardcore shenanigans of the 5-piece. This side they show is calmed and stripped down and backed with very raw and genuine production. Each EP comes with a set of linear notes with thoughtful pictures that explain each track, how it was recorded, and who for. All in all this adds to the appeal of La Dispute's work, and in this case makes Here, Hear. II a very comfortable listen.

Intimacy is indeed a huge aspect of why each EP works – Jordan Dreyer's confident vocal tone suddenly becomes a warming familiarity, unlike the angry, thesaurus-eating monster he was on Somewhere At The Bottom Of The River... . Here he possesses an enthralling ability to charm the ears, alluring to the very end of each word. Despite the fact that Dreyer is certainly a veteran lyricist in his own right, on Here, Hear. II the lyrics are taken from other extracts. Often poetic, sometimes philosophical, always engaging, he definitely chose fitting anecdotes and stories to accompany the quirky instrumentation. “five” for example begins with an upbeat bass line that is soon joined by an almost jazz-like piano that dances over the spoken poetic words of Charles Bukowski.

“seven” undoubtedly shows near perfection in the art of musical storytelling, Dreyer altering his voice with pulsing charisma whenever suitable to make the tale that much more enchanting. The tale itself is taken from the first chapter of the famous Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, which follows a day in the life of a mole who chooses to explore the outdoors contrary to his usual spring cleaning of his home. A piano plods along in textbook resemblance to the feel of the narrative, accompanied by interesting percussion to sprinkle the innocent atmosphere. The musical subtleties throughout are executed with precision over technicality – an aspect the band have judged correctly, as in spite of their talent they are certain of when enough is enough.

Clever and considerate, La Dispute once again prove that they can consistently produce intelligent and certainly inspired music. Though subdued, Here, Hear. II pays homage to some of their influences which makes for a lovely insight into what makes the group tick. The backing instrumentation is almost musically witty in its interesting surrounding. It's almost if the band were writing whatever they felt the moment they heard the lyrics – all elements glue together so well. It doesn't matter that the words aren't Dreyer's own, it's his delivery of them that's the attraction. He is able to leave a smile where a smile should be beamed, and a thought when a thought should be provoked.



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Skimaskcheck
February 28th 2010


2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My second favourite out of the three.

Legitimately available for free (or pay-what-you-like) download here, http://ladispute.bandcamp.com/album/here-hear-ii-2

burnafterbreeding
February 28th 2010


1466 Comments


Album cover on the front page was small, so it looked like a bong.

Solid review.

Skimaskcheck
February 28th 2010


2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hahah, oh yeah
thanks!

Skimaskcheck
February 28th 2010


2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hear, Here. III in my opinion

elephantREVOLUTION
February 28th 2010


2766 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@MRyrtmrnfoudly

you should really just listen to all 3. it will only take you like 30 minutes and they are all really cool.

Skimaskcheck
February 28th 2010


2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ Truth!

Plutonio
February 28th 2010


474 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This might grow on me; I'm not sure.

AtavanHalen
February 28th 2010


17927 Comments


I love Seven. WITW is a wonderful tale.

mmfarva
February 28th 2010


1352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love the Here, Hear series. My favorite song is eight. It just seems to have a lot of power.

Skimaskcheck
March 1st 2010


2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Eight is pretty amazing i agree! Probably my favourite on here actually, sorry i didn't comment on it in the review.

Skimaskcheck
March 1st 2010


2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, just realised this was entered into the database as 'Hear, Here' instead of 'Here, Hear'. Changed it now 'cause that kind of thing annoys me.
Updated them through the review too but if anyone sees any i missed would be good if you could let me know, thanksss

adrian123
March 2nd 2010


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Definitely my favourite from the Here, Hear series. "Seven" is soo good.

Skimaskcheck
March 2nd 2010


2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

True!
I really, really hope they write more Here, Hear stuff

natey
March 12th 2010


4170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is so good.

Skimaskcheck
March 12th 2010


2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That it is!
hope the review was alright

natey
March 18th 2010


4170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I quite like the review, pos

Skimaskcheck
March 19th 2010


2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ahh, thanks very much!

Spec
December 29th 2010


27189 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very cool.

SCREAMorphine
January 10th 2011


1758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'Jordan Dreyer's confident vocal tone suddenly becomes a warming familiarity'
I agree, he has a gift

DinoX
January 30th 2011


3582 Comments


Lyrics are so touching and inspiring especially Eight



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