Wildlife rocks like rock still truly matter and isn't just so much mp3 content.
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.
In the gloomier, more experimental moments, Wildlife merely captures the sound of a band weathering growing pains that will hopefully pass with time.
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.
We're on such familiar territory here that Wildfire is as much homage as innovation. [Oct 2011, p.105]