Jordan explains the concept for the album in the EP "Conversations." He says it is kind of a compilation of short stories, and the personal annotations that go along with them and bring them all together. It's a fantastic album and very near the top of my 10 Favorite albums, if not number one.
This album showcases a band realizing the the immense potential they showed in their previous work. This album takes these kids from being an above average post-hardcore band, to being THE post-hardcore band. But it's more than just that. This album transcends its own genre and becomes something greater than the sum of its parts. It's perfect from start to finish, one of the most engaging albums I've ever listened to, by far the most emotionally intense album I've ever heard, and it gets better with every listen.
Anyone who thinks Somewhere at the Bottom is their best album is wrong. Plain and simple.
I love this album you guys. I've bought it three times (twice on vinyl). It really just doesn't get any better.
And even though I don't see them topping this, I'm okay with that. And I can't wait to see where their music goes in the future.
the album feels like it's a series of short stories, some of them relating to each other, all of them about a town deteriorating. It's fairly depressing, but it's just so well-written I keep coming back as it just gets better for me with every listen.
The change in lyrical subject makes this album so much more enjoyable for me. The lyrics on Somewhere... were so draining and got annoying after about 3 or 4 songs in. I do wish Wildlife was as intense and heavy as Somwhere... though.