La Dispute/Koji
Never Come Undone


3.5
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Review

by Nevin USER (56 Reviews)
May 24th, 2011 | 39 replies | 9,622 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: La Dispute and Koji please fans on their split, but never quite reach the heights they're capable of.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

As strange as their pairing is, La Dispute and Koji have an incredible chemistry on their recently released split titled Never Come Undone. For every strained and powerful chord struck on the two tracks composed by La Dispute, there is a matching moment to be found on Koji's half of the record. La Dispute start it off with the story told by 'Sunday Morning, at a Funeral' which shows them at a less intense - but equally emotional - composition than what is seen on their previous releases. Lead man Jordan Dreyer holds a fragile tone over the equally breakable instrumentation to create a cold atmosphere layered thick with imagery which is all but second nature for the group. The contrast between this somber track and their immense full-length Somewhere... displays the group's ability to both maintain a certain atmosphere, but not necessarily adhere to a predetermined aesthetic. This remains true on the next track, an acoustic version of one of their earlier hardcore tracks, where they strip away the screams for a slow flowing rhythm to accentuate the emotion contained in the original. While not the most substantial addition to their library, La Dispute's portion of the split is fulfilling at best, if not only for the first track.

It is, however, Koji's appearance on this record that makes it worth its salt. Their first track, 'Peacemaker', is a slick and grooving song much akin to that of La Dispute's opener, except now it is Andrew Shiraki creating the shaken mood. He sings passionately over an array of instruments and hand claps to really pull the listener into what he has to say. The lyricism is poignant and affecting in such a way that when the chorus of people sing their "oh's and whoa's", you're inspired to sing along. Their second track is a cover of a fan favorite from Ted Leo's library and, once again, Shiraki's vocals steal the show as he passionately rises and falls with his group of instrumentations humming behind him.

As a whole, it's almost easy to dismiss La Dispute's portion of the record, because Koji almost immediately one-ups them. However, La Dispute should not be easily overlooked. They fuel the fire that keeps this split worthy of their discography and allow Koji to build off of the substantial mood they establish. It's nothing that will be among fan's favorites, but with a catalog so fantastic to precede it, who honestly expected it? This split is the combination of two friends finding a common love for smooth and atmospheric music, and together they create both a fulfilling and touching collection of tracks. For two fantastic groups heading toward the crescendo of their careers, this split will keep respective fans occupied until they can rightfully blow you away in the future.



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Slum
May 25th 2011



2579 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Have been planning on writing this for a while and wanted to get myself out of my writing slump, enjoy

pmmets07
May 25th 2011



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review. i like it when LD do slower songs. i haven't listened to the koji songs enough to say much more than i enjoyed them

Slum
May 25th 2011



2579 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks dude. Yeah I hope they release more Here, Hear albums in the future, or at least something similar.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 25th 2011



23804 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love love love "Last Blues"

sixthgoldenticket
May 25th 2011



1176 Comments


loved sunday morning

Slum
May 25th 2011



2579 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Was super pumped to hear a studio version since the video of them playing it live came out like a year ago

Satellite
May 25th 2011



20728 Comments


good review. still need to hear this.

seeing them both this weekend.

Digging: Spoon - They Want My Soul

Slum
May 25th 2011



2579 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice, dude, have been wanting to see LD for a long time but they never swing by my state

sixthgoldenticket
May 25th 2011



1176 Comments


the studio version was definitely way better than that live version you're talking about. i was super excited to see them on their tour they're doing now, but they seemed to play everywhere except for ohio

pmmets07
May 25th 2011



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i saw them last night by the way. they played Sunday Morning Blues and one girl either knew all the lyrics or pretended to know all the lyrics. i was impressed seeing as this came out like two weeks ago

crazyblinddude
May 25th 2011



3389 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Spot on with the review, dude. Sums up my thoughts on this too. Pos.

Awesomesauce
May 25th 2011



1084 Comments


Very good review. I've been looking forward to this one.

Slum
May 25th 2011



2579 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys, I greatly appreciate it

Tyrael
May 25th 2011



20823 Comments


Great review Slum, La Dispute really disappoints here.

DurzoBlint
May 25th 2011



1172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like koji's songs a lot more than I do LD's on this. LD's bored me.

KrissWatts
May 25th 2011



96 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really great review, completely agree with everything you said. I'd go as far as saying I didn't actually enjoy La Disputes half of the split. It just doesn't compare to their other stuff, nor to that of Koji's half.

Pos'

sportsboy
May 25th 2011



626 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

koji kicks la dispute's ass all over this album

Digging: Miami Vice - Palm Haze

Skimaskcheck
May 25th 2011



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Koji is pretty cool, anyone know if there's an actual page for him?

Slum
May 25th 2011



2579 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't think he does, I think I'll make one right now.

Also Kriss and Tyrael, thanks so much

North0House2
June 4th 2011



5848 Comments


Congrats for digging Ten Kens Silentpotato, they're one of my favorite bands and I wish Sputnik knew more about them.


Also, great review. I haven't heard this yet, I'll check it out.

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