Sims
Wildlife


3.5
great

Review

by Jacob R. STAFF
March 13th, 2012 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “We spend our dawns running with wolves, and the afternoons swimming with sharks.”

The most engaging facet of Sims' latest full-length Bad Time Zoo was its inherently fun nature, because around every turn there was something just a little different for the listener. Each song successfully stayed within the parameters of the album's theme without giving in to a predictable structure. And while it was fairly varietal musically, there was still obvious indications that Sims knew what he was aiming towards. The release was saturated with lyrical motifs, as well as musical ones (the most obvious one being the heavy soul influence and utilization of an actual band), and this usage of grand themes furthered the album's level of poignancy to the listener. The reason that Sims' most recent past is essential to contemplate here is that Wildlife is a step in a new direction for the Doomtree rapper.

Sims has always written material about topics that he deems important, but at the same time he has been known to indulge himself in tracks occasionally that are a respite from the more heavy substance. That's one noticeable difference between Wildlife and Sims' more recent releases, that there's no “LMG” on here (thank goodness). Every song is meticulously constructed and feels much more planned out than before. Also, one thing that sets this new EP apart is its new usage of electronics. While actual instruments do emerge to add further flavor, they only add to the existing atmosphere created by the overarching bass and more focused percussive elements. For instance, the utilization of the choir in “Here I Stand” serves its purpose rather well, contributing a feeling of importance to a track that otherwise might not stand too powerfully on its own. We even see Sims flirting with the idea of ambient backdrops for his music, as the main hooks of the EP's first half are beautifully crisp and serene. However, there are moments where the release's “hooks” feel more feigned than anything, like the awkwardly empty introduction of “The Line” that's comprised of only one voice, or the moments where Sims actually sings. If it were notes that were deserving to be placed at the forefront, then it would work well with the dynamics within Wildlife, but it comes across as a little over-the-top and uncomfortable.

One of the most glaringly obvious reasons that Sims has been received so well by his fans, after all, is arguably his potent societal lyrics, often revealing truths we need to consider. He forgets that every now and then here with the usage of new technology to achieve his goal. Overall, though, Sims' transition into a more digital soundscape is a much welcomed change, and he pulls it off rather well.



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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 13th 2012


10209 Comments


Streaming here - http://sims.bandcamp.com/album/wildlife

I would have written this a long time ago, but I honestly kinda forgot about it. That doesn't mean it isn't good, though!

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 13th 2012


23841 Comments


what does this fool think he's playing at naming an album "Wildlife"?

skimmed the review, looks nice. good job.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 13th 2012


10209 Comments


Thanks Aids!

And not to spoil your logical party, but this did come out before La Dispute. So they obviously completely ripped off of Sims ;]

Inveigh
March 13th 2012


24997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is pretty cool, The Line in particular

good review

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 13th 2012


10209 Comments


Interesting, The Line is one of my least favorites. x) I honestly think The Lighthouse is one of his best tracks.

And thank you very much :]

mvood
March 13th 2012


818 Comments


I liked Bad Time Zoo might check this out some time

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 13th 2012


10209 Comments


You definitely should, man. It's a good change-up for Sims for sure

Inveigh
March 13th 2012


24997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Lights Out Paris is still the best Sims record though

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 13th 2012


10209 Comments


Haven't hear that one, actually. What's its style, compared to his other works?

Inveigh
March 13th 2012


24997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

dirtier, more straight-up hip hop i guess (although there's still the alternative tinge that all Doomtree records have)

but dude you have to hear that one he toured on it for like 5 years lol

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 13th 2012


10209 Comments


Damn, 5 years? That's impressive. I'll definitely check it out, thanks for the heads-up man.



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