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The Wild's folk/punk hits on all cylinders

December 19, 2011

The Wild‘s A Collection espouses a consistent lifestyle to go along with their well-developed aesthetic. The band’s poignant, well-written lyrics are almost exclusively about community, friendships, relationships, social change, anti-materialism, anti-authoritarianism and self-determination. It’s more American than America right now, if we’re being honest; it’s also a profound declaration of solidarity with historical and modern populist mentality. The lyrical clarity is one of the most attractive elements of the album.

The dual vocalists deliver in clear, unaffected timbre: both Witt (tenor) and Dianna (alto) sing in comfortable ranges that add yet another easily accessible element to the sound. They sing over folk/punk that splits evenly over the folk and punk influences: there’s the charge and rattle of pop-punk, as well as the vocal-centric arrangements and melody focus of folk. This creates an infectious blend that incorporates the best of both worlds. “Let Me Sing You a Song” and “Mudlines” will stick in your head and loosen your feet. Thrashing your voice by yelling along at the top of your lungs is totally bonus.

The release, a collection of EPs and some live tracks, is incredibly consistent. The high points are high, and the low points are, well, high. There’s not a song that goes clunk, and that’s exciting. If you’re into folk/punk, you’ll love A Collection; if you’re not, this might be the band that gives you an exception to the rule (or even converts you). Here’s to The Wild.

Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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