I've been a La Dispute disciple for a few years. but this departure took me some time to appreciate. Once I did I was (once again) thankful to an awesome band, and an incredible song writer, for helping me feel I have a place in the world. The previous albums spoke to me directly This one was a whisper as you're falling asleep, something that won't leave your head until it's firmly routed in your soul and you know once again who you are and (perhaps how to reach) that place...
This whole album for me feels like I am actually there watching these guys perform those wonderful songs.
Favorite track: St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Blues - Live from seated performance, Kingston UK.
This album is so painfully beautiful. Julien's voice is delicately strained and her words paint vignettes that range from delicate somber memories to muted pain. The guitar tones and thin texture of the layering leave this album feeling very intimate and raw. Among the best things I've heard this past year. Jake Gussman