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Wildlife

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Telephones
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Secrets
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You and Eye
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Get Going
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Love Song for Buddy
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I Don't Mind at All
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Dead Ends
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Wisconsin Beaches
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We're All Animals
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Teenage Wonder
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Slow Down Town
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 42:18

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J. Edward Keyes

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Joe Keyes writes about music.

10.05.09
Headlights, Wildlife
Label: Polyvinyl Records

Champaign-Urbana's Headlights are masters of the soft sell. Their 2008 masterpiece, Some Racing, Some Stopping, found them moving away from the haze of feedback that defined their early albums, opting instead for a hushed, measured approach to songwriting, one that swaddled Tristan Wraight and Erin Fein's vocals in cotton and nestled them at the center of twinkling guitars and sighing synths. For the patient, the experiment worked: Some Racing was full of the kinds of… read more »

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wether

This is definitely one of the best albums so far. I listen to some of their other stuff and this seems to have the most songs that I really like on it. Initially I thought this was an album to cherry pick, but on a second look on the songs are golden. BUY THEM ALL.

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actnicholas

I'll admit, I'm a huge fan so my review is incredibly bias. However, I've been going to their shows, well, since the first one, so I do know their music. With that said, this is 1) Headlights' best effort 2) an important and beautiful album. I've aged with this band and now in my late 20s, the questions in life get more complicated and the answers are never as pretty as they used to be. This album reflects much of that sentiment. "Secrets" "Dead Ends" are rocker stand outs on the album. "Wisconsin Beaches" and "Love song for Buddy" are fantastic songs with a newer sound that the band hasn't explored before. But really, great album start to finish. Also, see them live. It's a blast.

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Headlights’ third album, Wildlife, is at once their most immediate album and also their most reserved-sounding and emotionally powerful. Recorded over a relatively short period of time but punctuated by false starts, frustrations, and departures of bandmembers, the band ultimately ended up with an intimate and very personable sound. Using first takes and almost no production tricks, the strength of the record lies in the unadorned emotion of Erin Fein’s vocals, and the wonderfully sweet and heartfelt songs the group wrote. While there may be no break-out hits on par with “Cherry Tulips” from 2008′s Some Racing, Some Stopping, and the overall tone of the record is less joyous and more thoughtful, there are still quite a few songs that have some punch and forward motion. The sweetly sung “Get Going” and the rocked-out “I Don’t Mind at All” have a rollicking feel that calls to mind the group’s earlier work and gives some balance to the ballads that make up the core of the album. These slow and dream-like songs, like the ’50s-inspired tracks “You and Eye” and “Dead Ends,” the drifting “Teenage Wonder,” and the heartbreakingly heavy “Slow Down Town” drift through the speakers like sleepwalking ghosts and deliver a truly aching sense of loss and sadness that’s hard to shake. Despite its few moments of easygoing rocking, Wildlife has a tenderness that the band may not have been able to convey in the past, a bruised heart that they haven’t displayed before. Some of the fans the band won over with “Cherry Tulips” may find it rough going at times, and find themselves wishing there were more good-time tunes on offer, but if they can get past that initial bump, the album is an emotionally powerful, melodically rich work that adds a new dimension to Headlights that is quite welcome. – Tim Sendra

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