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


1.5
very poor

Review

by crandynewman USER (38 Reviews)
February 6th, 2012 | 144 replies | 5,438 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Have you ever been a dumped sixteen year-old kid? Did you make an album? Well you aren't La Dispute!

12 of 34 thought this review was well written

While I'm on a little screamo kick I might as well take a look at one of the most popular underground bands in the genre right now. Although they have a bunch of EPs that change up the sound a lot, actually sort of sounding like beatnik poetry most of the time, this is their debut album and the one that sounds the most like screamo and post-hardcore. That's not to say its bad though, the music is all well done and has some interesting lead guitar moments and some really cool rhythms. The drumming is really good for an album of it's kind and the vocals are pretty well done. Well...mostly. There are a few parts where lead singer Jordan's yell turns a bit sour, kind of like he's gurgling curdled milk. But other than that the vocals are pretty good, especially the spoken parts.

But there's one big area where this album falters and that's in the lyrics and melodramatic moments. I mean how old was the band when they wrote this? Twelve? Maybe thirteen if they're late bloomers. I admit that they ocassionally have a good metaphor going like in Said the King to the River, the singer being the king and the girl in question being the river. It's a cool metaphor and a lot of songs do this to spice things up, but sometimes it just doesn't work. You can only sing your heart out about a girl so many times before it becomes a bit of a bore to listen to. The melodramatic moments are just way too much for the listener to handle as he or she is constantly barraged over and over throughout the album.

And it doesn't help matters that this album is unbearably long. I understand the epic closer being long (although its STILL a few minutes too long) but there's no reason for some of the others. A lot of the songs just kind of wander around and are too worried about getting to that next melodramatic moment to worry about the songwriting. If this had been tightened up by about 10 or 15 minutes it would probably be a 3 or 3.5 but as it it, it's definitely not a great album. My advice is listen to the first two tracks and then pick a couple good ones off their second album and make your own EP.



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  • Guzzo CONTRIBUTOR (5)
    Our hearts still beat the same....

    Charlie (4.5)
    This sixty-minute long sucker punch is unlike anything you've ever heard. And it's absolut...

    sweatandtrees (4.5)
    Overall, I still believe that this is La Dispute's best album both musically and lyrically...

    YoWassupBros (1.5)
    A sad foray into what a human male is when all of his testosterone is sapped from his body...

  • someguest (5)
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    Connor Welsh (5)
    ...And our hearts still beat the same....

    Eric (3.5)
    I fear my relationship with Somewhere At the Bottom... is heading towards the same end as ...

    Wayne H. (5)
    There’s no dispute. These guys are simply incredibly talented and put tremendous focus i...

  • Squib (3.5)
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    Nevin (4.5)
    La Dispute brings an interesting offer to the hardcore genre....

    SnackaryBinx (4.5)
    The river's not flooded this time....


Comments:Add a Comment 
crandynewman
February 6th 2012



799 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

on a screamo posthardcore kick right now

DinoX
February 6th 2012



3582 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

rating is correct

KILL
February 6th 2012



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

fuck yea

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fsharptrit0ne
February 6th 2012



4814 Comments


summary is perfect

crandynewman
February 6th 2012



799 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"rating is correct"

thanks dino!

KeithStone582
February 6th 2012



1480 Comments


This is awesome.

someguest
February 6th 2012



20285 Comments


muscle flexing is for the gym not writing

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cvlts
February 6th 2012



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i admire your tenacity i'll give you that

crandynewman
February 6th 2012



799 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"This is awesome."

thanks keith!

"muscle flexing is for the gym not writing"

what do you mean guest?

Tyrael
February 6th 2012



20738 Comments


write a review for wildfags next

KeithStone582
February 6th 2012



1480 Comments


looking at recent revews by this author makes me laugh.

someguest
February 6th 2012



20285 Comments


your entire critique in this review is based on the fact that's it's too melodramatic. poetry is melodramatic. even things that aren't that important are twisted around to be the sole problem in many poetic works. you can say that it doesn't fit your taste, but you're basically throwing out all lyrics with some integrity under the bus with this approach.

auberginedreams
February 6th 2012



5989 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"the singer being the king and the girl in question being the river."

alright now i'm certain you're just trolling. how did you even come up with this shit? the song is a reference to a chinese myth about a king that banishes two lovers to opposite sides of a river.

DiceMan
February 6th 2012



7068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well aren't you just edgy

jefflebowski
February 6th 2012



7379 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this review reads more like a 3 than a 1.5

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crandynewman
February 6th 2012



799 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"your entire critique in this review is based on the fact that's it's too melodramatic. poetry is melodramatic. even things that aren't that important are twisted around to be the sole problem in many poetic works. you can say that it doesn't fit your taste, but you're basically throwing out all lyrics with some integrity under the bus with this approach."

i guess but it seems pretty whiny


"the song is a reference to a chinese myth about a king that banishes two lovers to opposite sides of a river."

oh really? i was unaware of the myth

fuckthatnoise
February 6th 2012



1479 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review

DinoX
February 6th 2012



3582 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lol

DarthMann
February 6th 2012



13476 Comments


good album

taylormemer
February 6th 2012



4913 Comments


What's your next review gonna be?



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