La Dispute
Here, Hear. III


4.0
excellent

Review

by Twolliebollie USER (2 Reviews)
July 8th, 2012 | 16 replies | 1,406 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: La Dispute have matured a lot.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

"(...) To capture honest pure affection (...)"

If that is what La Dispute tried to capture, they have truly succeeded. No phony "Tonight we ride!" here. No fake "I think I saw you in my sleep". None of that. Honest, pure affection.

Here, Hear III is (as the name would suggest) the third part of the "Here, Hear"-experiment, as reffered to by frontman Jordan Dreyer. "For as long as we make music we'll make Here, Hear stuff." The music on the short (usually around 10, 15 minutes) LP's mainly employ spoken word and experimental/indie.

The atmosphere of the songs are, unlike their debut, calming and easeful. Not only the music itself (guitars are kept as clean as possible, the drums are transparent), but also the vocals have lost a lot of the anger that "Somewhere at the bottom" dealt with. Rather than focussing on sounding aggressive and shouting as much as possible, almost all of the lyrics are spoken. Jordan has such a beautiful, emotional voice, and he should use it to expres more than only unwashed rage.

Also the words have matured. The up-long, tight passages about "darlings" and "lovers" have taken place for a lot less intensity. Where reading the lyrics of their debut raises a certain feeling of worry and friction, the material on Here, Hear III has a lot more of a "looser" feel to it. Take for example "Twelve", the conclusion to the record. Instead of whining and whining about how he misses her, Jordan uses simple questions (Won't you feel warm with me? Isn't someone always running?) to describe the pain he's going through. The songs raise questions and make you wonder, but in a lot less pressureful way than "Somewhere at the bottom...", which feels like a robber pointing a gun at your head. Here, it all just feels a little lighter. And a lot more true.

The downfall of this record are definitely the details; I could have been writing a five star review if only the production was better. Dynamicity is missing at some parts, Jordan expresses his emotions perfectly but it feels like the instrumentalists only focus on the technical aspect of the music. The songs lack those little things that make a composition breathtaking; that one guitar-note, that one vocal swipe. Everything is there, but still, there is something missing. If they had only took a little more time to polish those last bits this could have been a masterpiece.

They will realize their faults though, and I'm convinced the next part is going to include those little details. After all, La Dispute are a bunch of great musicians.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Twolliebollie
July 8th 2012



8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i think i compared it to their debut just a little too much

Hep Kat
July 8th 2012



15340 Comments


i think ur a fukn faggot

Digging: Botany Boyz - Forever Botany

KILL
July 8th 2012



71392 Comments


r04st3d

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

cutoffs
July 8th 2012



259 Comments


hep kat is an asshole i have reported him dont worry everyone this offensive jerk will be banned in no time!

KILL
July 8th 2012



71392 Comments


dude you dont even need to, god will punish him

cutoffs
July 8th 2012



259 Comments


i cant wait that long god has other people to punish im leaving this one up to willie, the second god

camaraderie
July 8th 2012



988 Comments


'hep kat is an asshole i have reported him dont worry everyone this offensive jerk will be banned in no time!'

'i think ur a fukn faggot'

Fluttertrank
July 8th 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Twelve rules hard

cutoffs
July 8th 2012



259 Comments


i have also reported cam for being a jerk

Skimaskcheck
July 8th 2012



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The downfall of this record are definetely the details; I could have been writing a five star review if only the production was better.


spelling is off here. also i think the production on all the Here, Hear's is really great since it's really earthly and all done by the band - the liner notes they gave away with the records tell you all about it. don't listen to these guys much anymore but this one is still rad!

ZedO
July 8th 2012



1096 Comments


the song title, so damn WOW

iFghtffyrdmns
July 8th 2012



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

those look like tri-nipple boobies at the top there

SCREAMorphine
July 9th 2012



1752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not a bad review pos.

I can't understand most of the hate directed at La Dispute, someone explain..

Xenophanes
Emeritus
July 9th 2012



10593 Comments


Band is hella lame

Twolliebollie
July 9th 2012



8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

y so mad kat

Blackbelt54
July 9th 2012



4269 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I like some La Dispute but seriously

why do people listen to these



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