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  • Summary: This is the third full-length studio album for the rock band from Illinois.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. An often gorgeous and heartbreaking record, Wildlife is kept out of the canon of great growing-pains albums by some stagnant lyrics.
  2. Headlights' third album, Wildlife, is at once their most immediate album and also their most reserved-sounding and emotionally powerful.
  3. So Wildlife isn't exactly bursting at the seams with earworms, but it's a worthy achievement for taking a poignant, powerful emotional state and carrying its thread for 42 minutes.
  4. In the gloomier, more experimental moments, Wildlife merely captures the sound of a band weathering growing pains that will hopefully pass with time.
  5. It still feels like they have a bit more work to do before their albums are consistently exciting from start to finish. [Nov 2009, p.109]
  6. The well-established indie-pop tricks get results, but are too unerringly calculated to have much distinct personality. Some big, billowy production would have helped.
  7. Wildlife is nothing more than an album that sounds fine in the background--even at a volume you couldn’t help but pay attention to--yet ultimately fails to make any kind of memorable impression.

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