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  1. Mar 17, 2014
    100
    It’s incredible just how good Dreyer is at making you connect with his characters, and how equally good his band are at backing him up.
  2. Rooms Of The House is an album that refuses to be pigeonholed or boxed in by someone's standards of "what post-hardcore should be." Instead, La Dispute span multiple genres, tempos, and inspirations over the course of LP3, resulting in an album that's equally exhausting as it is enchanting.
  3. Mar 19, 2014
    86
    Wildlife was a great leap forward, and Rooms Of The House further evolves their sound.
  4. 80
    A harmonious hardcore Dispute.
  5. Mar 27, 2014
    80
    This time, La Dispute prove that less is definitely more. [15 Mar 2014, p.54]
  6. 80
    At first glance, it may seem more controlled, pacified and constrained a sound, but if you know the band, they never make music with restraint and as the album plays out, Dreyer's experience becomes your own.
  7. Mar 17, 2014
    60
    As every track twists and turns, building upon their previous musical accomplishments, this feels like a band who have finally truly found their stride.

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  1. Mar 19, 2014
    10
    Lingering somewhere between At The Drive-In and Touche Amore, this amazing piece of Post-Hardcore work makes it stand out, and a definite contender for album of year. Indie vocals mixed with hard hitting, well recorded instrumentals makes this album hard hitting on all levels. The connection you feel with the characters and settings in this story of an album makes it that much more effective to the listener. A superbly produced album and a must have for all music lovers. Expand
  2. Apr 2, 2014
    9
    Before 'Rooms of the House', I loved La Dispute solely for their music. Their chaotic and complex guitar parts found on 'Somewhere...' and 'Vancouver' impressed me more than the lyrics. On these releases, La Dispute's lyrics are overly dramatic. While the beauty of Dreyer's lyrics on 'Wildlife' can be appreciated, it seemed that the band were trying too hard to create emotion by resorting to dark narratives of murder, suicide, and cancer. However, 'Rooms of the House' is the first La Dispute release which I find lyrical satisfying. The album's setting and concept is universal and simple. It details domestic life and the breakdown of a relationship. Dreyer turns to ordinary, everyday objects, which transport him back to a specific time and a place. These particular commonplace objects are significant as they evoke memories of the past thus they are able to remind us of love and loss. In this way, Dreyer communicates sincere emotion, as the domestic setting is real and tangible, which emphasises the tragedy of the decaying "ordinary love" that the album is centered on. While the music is not as energetic and dynamic, as their first EP and album, it remains interesting and imaginative - more so than 'Wildlife'. 'Woman (reading)', 'Woman (in mirror)', and 'Objects in Space' are some of La Dispute's best tracks. Here they are at their most melodic and melancholic. The guitars, drums and vocals in these three songs are beautifully understated and controlled. Dreyer sings and uses spoken word, which is a nice change. Elsewhere on the album, the band prove that they can still be intense and noisy, however they make more of an attempt to adhere to conventional song structures, as 'For Mayor of Splitsville' is the closest La Dispute have come to a chorus. The album's production is similar to that of 'Wildlife', which is raw, tinny and claustrophobic. Whilst this may not appeal to people who prefer a more polished sound, the live feel complements the lyrics of the album, as it brings the music closer to reality. 'Rooms of the House' emphasises physical space, emptiness and lack, as the "rooms" are no longer filled with people and objects have lost their meaning as they are taken out of the context of the relationship, and yet ironically this album is the most whole of La Dispute's albums, as it balances sincere lyrics and universal themes with interesting music which is simultaneously melodic and abrasive. Expand
  3. Apr 23, 2014
    6
    It's a pretty worthwhile follow up to their previous effort Wildlife. While parts aren't as good as Wildlife, the slight changes to the band's sound here makes it worth it if you've been following them. A mildly solid post-hardcore album with poetic lyrics. Expand