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.
We're on such familiar territory here that Wildfire is as much homage as innovation. [Oct 2011, p.105]
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.