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


4.5
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Review

by sweatandtrees USER (1 Reviews)
January 2nd, 2013 | 34 replies | 1,480 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Overall, I still believe that this is La Dispute's best album both musically and lyrically and I continue to re-visit it from time to time. Real passion can always be felt in recordings; you can't fake it.

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With La Dispute's latest release, Wildlife, the band has developed a more widespread fan-base in the Hard-core/Screamo scene. Many of these new fans somewhat reluctantly admit that the band is extremely talented both musically and lyrically clarifying that they didn't like the band's music until now. The reason for this can be traced back to Jordan Dreyer's vocals on 'Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair'; especially the first track 'Such Small Hands.' The emotion that Jordan put into his vocals translated into a seemingly whiny/desperate tone that turned a lot of people off. However, if you, as a listener, are able to get past the initial reaction of those vocals, Jordan's voice really starts to grow on you. Further, if you take the vocals away the album is a masterpiece musically. So many different styles (i.e. surf rock, rockabilly, western, southern-hardcore etc.) are blended into their traditional melodic-hardcore base. The songs are carefully arranged to accompany the lyrics and reflect the mood/emotions that the lyrics portray. There are various musical breaks where there are no vocals; these parts display beautiful guitar lines, catchy bass lines, and emotion-filled drums. The band is full of truly talented instrumentalists. One of the album's biggest strengths is it's lyrics. I'll let them speak for themselves.

"So sing for every buried moment that you'd thought would never end.
And sing your fears about the future; and a dirge for faded friends.
For all the love that you had held to, why it somehow failed to keep.
And sing each minute you've been frightened; every hour that you've lost sleep
And sing for all your friends and family; sing for those who didn't survive.
But sing not for their final outcome; sing a song of how they tried.
We live amidst a violent storm; leaves us unsatisfied at best,
So fill your heart with what's important, and be done with all the rest."


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Comments:Add a Comment 
sixdegrees
January 2nd 2013



16838 Comments


meh

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Fluttertrank
January 2nd 2013



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nah.

auberginedreams
January 2nd 2013



5989 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

review is kind of weird but good album.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
January 2nd 2013



10585 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Band is so fucking terrible.

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Tyrael
January 2nd 2013



20740 Comments


agreed, Eli

ApplicationToHeaven
January 2nd 2013



1558 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

yeah

GiaNXGX
January 2nd 2013



4867 Comments


surf rock? surf rock?

Is this like a gay hardcore version of the beach boys' pet sounds, huh.

someguest
January 2nd 2013



20319 Comments


Band is so fucking terrible.


Shirley, are you going to start this shit again?

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GiaNXGX
January 2nd 2013



4867 Comments


ugh someguest I thought you were one hundred percent male, perhaps one of your testicles is missing?


someguest
January 2nd 2013



20319 Comments


I think you swallowed it.

fromtheinside
January 2nd 2013



17714 Comments


funny

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GiaNXGX
January 2nd 2013



4867 Comments


ha ha ha.

someguest
January 2nd 2013



20319 Comments


Boom!

ZilbelPing
January 2nd 2013



6031 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

When the review ended, I was like "what?".

GiaNXGX
January 2nd 2013



4867 Comments


so many 5's, were you guys dumped last week or something?

Fluttertrank
January 2nd 2013



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol.

InfamousGrouse
January 2nd 2013



3201 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the temptation i just got to 5 this and reply

yes :'(

was almost too much.

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someguest
January 2nd 2013



20319 Comments


No. I did spend the summer before last listening to this all the time. It is now a go-to summer album for me. You know, those nights where it's still 80 degrees, 90% humidity, and everyone's still outside enjoying each other's company and what not.

Hep Kat
January 2nd 2013



15022 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

gay queer-folk album for the gays of spuntik

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Fluttertrank
January 2nd 2013



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"those nights where it's still 80 degrees, 90% humidity, and everyone's still outside enjoying each other's company and what not."

dude exactly, this album reminds me of being sweaty cause of the summer, in my chair... sittin.




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