La Dispute
Somewhere at the Bottom of the River...


5.0
classic

Review

by someguest USER (23 Reviews)
August 24th, 2011 | 105 replies | 5,987 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist


13 of 17 thought this review was well written

“I think I saw you in my sleep, darling. I think I saw you in my dreams; you were stitching up the seams on every broken promise that your body couldn’t keep…”

Commitment is a powerful and consuming action. There comes a point with any long-term situation where you forget exactly how you got there. It’s at this point in time where the idea that something different could lie beyond it in the future is well beyond the grasp of the imagination. It happens with many things: it’s the reason college seniors stick with a major they can’t stand; it’s the reason people can continue to pledge genocide against a group of which they’ve never interacted; it’s the reason decades of violence cannot sweep a wounded city completely off its’ feet. But above all these cases of commitment, there is one which is supposed to serve as the supreme benchmark of a relationship: marriage. However, the ideal that marriage is supposed to last for a lifetime (or beyond) is often challenged by reality.

“There is nothing you can do to save it, to make it breathe the way it did when you were sliding on the ring; trust me, it’s gone for good.”

And there is the main subject of the album: a quickly crumbling marriage. It was a marriage that lasted through fights, the raising of children, and the tumultuous aging process. And while the woman cares deeply for the man, her new encounter and realization of the fear that controls her husband causes their once strong and endearing relationship to fall apart much quicker than it came together. The woman abruptly falls away from the past, but the man dwells in it. At many points he thinks the relationship will work again, and at other times he knows it will never will. He never fully understands what exactly caused her to fall away from everything they built throughout the years, but with time he reaches a point of compromise with himself.

“If I can’t love you as a lover I will love you as a friend. And I will lay a bed before you to keep you safe until the end.”

Although it seems this compromise would be simple and easy to reach, the many methods the band uses to describe the protagonist’s pummeling match with this reality proves quite the opposite. The songs can switch from a slower, more thoughtful passage to a speedy and dissonant section depending on the man’s emotions and state of mind. And the vocals change with these as well; they’ll range from peaceful spoken word, a desperate cry of anguish and unfairness, and an angry, bitter scream dwelling on the past and present. The music itself has a strong base in post-hardcore with experimental aspects and even holds a song with a fairly strong country influence (“Andria”). While the majority of the album is somewhat heavy and guitar focused, the instances where the band focuses on the small intricacies (precise, light cymbal hits; steel guitar; group vocals; clapping) will send the listener straight into the story. It’s these intricacies which deeply connect with the well-thought out lyrics (analogies and metaphors abound) and give the entire album a very human feel. The themes presented here are anything but pleasant, yet the listener will not be discouraged by this album.

“Though we are not sure who we are we keep our heads up. Though we are not sure where we’re from we keep our hearts up. Though we are not sure when we’ll leave we keep our heads up. Though we are not sure where we’ll go we keep our hopes up.”

It is with these proclamations that the protagonist finds himself stepping back from his past and realizing he must keep living. The dissolving of their marriage was devastating; however, it would be irresponsible and unfulfilling to let it control the rest of his life. There is bound to be something to replace its significance in the near future. The commitment was wonderful, and the infidelity does little to rob from the lessons of it.

“So fill your hearts with what’s important and be done with all the rest.”



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Comments:Add a Comment 
someguest
August 24th 2011



18907 Comments


The conclusion was rough to put together.

I hope it's good.

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Oceanus
August 24th 2011



877 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like your take on this. Could never get into this album really, except for the first song.

Hawks
August 24th 2011



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice review man. Good album.

auberginedreams
August 24th 2011



5981 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

my favorite album of all time. can't wait for the new one, already pre-ordered it. good review btw, pos'd.

sixthgoldenticket
August 24th 2011



1176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review dude, album is great and can really pack a punch

kanecooper
August 24th 2011



630 Comments


dont like this

kanecooper
August 24th 2011



630 Comments


but what do i know i like wavves and they're garbage

Satellite
August 24th 2011



19889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really original take on this album. good job guest.

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qwe3
August 24th 2011



21154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

if they could write songs i think i would have liked this better. i used to rlly rlly like it but i got so sick of it

sixthgoldenticket
August 24th 2011



1176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

stoked to see how wildlife compares to this

Mordecai.
August 24th 2011



8256 Comments


hope the new album is better than this

someguest
August 24th 2011



18907 Comments


It took a minute to put that needed spacing in since my internet decided to take a humongous crap.

And thanks everybody.

ShadowRemains
August 24th 2011



19442 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

excellent review

botb
August 24th 2011



9286 Comments


this rules. good job.

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Scoot
August 24th 2011



17486 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

new song is hella good

Awesomesauce
August 24th 2011



1083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review, sick album. Looking forward to the new one.

YetAnotherBrick
August 24th 2011



4319 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

been thinking of lowering this to a 3.5 lately. should listen to it again.

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Samshine
August 24th 2011



1035 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fav album, sooo stoked for the new one

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 24th 2011



30301 Comments


Excellent work, but yeah this band.....

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taxidermist
August 24th 2011



7175 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review someguest.



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