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Adam Pfleider 06/13/11 10:49 AM

Dear Hunter, The - The Color Spectrum
The Dear Hunter - The Color Spectrum
Release Date: June 14, 2011
Record Label: Triple Crown Records

I find myself using the word timbre far too often in my reviews. But it's a word I personally don't see used more often. Easily replaceable, the word "colors" and the shades and moods the term paints in our heads in its association with listening to music is a hard feeling to shake. It's why some album covers are memorable and certain music goes with certain weather patterns and personal moods. When Casey Crescenzo said a few years back that The Dear Hunter would produce a series of EPs based on a color spectrum, we were all very curious to see the songwriter take on such a task. Initially we all thought the EPs would be spread out, but instead we have now received one big undertaking at one time.

What's fascinating about The Color Spectrum (and easily comparable to a contemporary like The Alchemy Index) is how expansive the quality of the records are in their execution. Simply put, not one color is similar to another one in the spectrum. I know it's what we would have expected, but not like this. The Dear Hunter's series of Acts has already proven Crescenzo's ability as a songwriter with a wide range of musical grasp, but The Color Spectrum's nine albums (four songs a piece all together clocking in at almost two and a half hours) showcase not only Crescenzo's consistent engineering talents, but the way he can hone in on particular moods and sounds. For what it's worth, once you delve into the project, there's going to be some EPs that you find more enjoyable than others (ie. I did not enjoy Air out of the four Indexes.)

For the most part, the spectrum of colors fall into three similar categories from beginning to end, so depending on what part of The Dear Hunter's catalog you favor, certain colors will probably be your favorites. For me, I've always loved The Dear Hunter's heavier side, so Black, Red and Orange are where the toe-tapping is at. Black is a distant, "post" sounding chamber of noise layered with electronics. Orange has a bluesy, southern twang to its swagger while Red (worked on with some members of Manchester Orchestra) has a definite 90s alt-rock, gritty feel to it. Red's tracks also point out how much outside influence (both the people and places that Crescenzo came in contact with while making this album) play the biggest role and a possible overall theme taken from the project itself.

A common soft side bleeds between the other two categories of the spectrums, but it's their executions that set them apart. Green harnesses piano and acoustic guitar ballads while Yellow and Blue harness the same relaxed feelings into a Midwestern folk feel and tropical oasis respectively. Then there's the third category of White, Violet and Indigo. Much like some of the orchestral patterns we've seen with Acts I and II, Violet sits as the most thematic in nature. Indigo is a stand-out with its impressive use of digital overlay and texture garnering as a polar favorite to the heavy end of the project that I personally favor. Opposite to Black's opening darken fear, White's shining exposition to the project with its angelic bells and uplifting nature closes out a thrilling ride.

Crescenzo's ability to even embark on something like this is incredible, and at the very least, fans and casual listeners should delve into the nine EPs just to find something that will stick out for them - because there is something for everyone on this one. Even though you'll find common threads between individual colors, each one still has its own reflective state of timbre and surrounding. At its very least, The Dear Hunter's Color Spectrum showcases that we sometimes forget that our tastes are very much reflective in the connection between us and our immediate surrounding forces of nature and personal nurture.

Track ListingBlack
1. Never Forgive, Never Forget
2. Filth And Squalor
3. Take More Than You Need
4. This Body*

1. I Couldn't Do It Alone*
2. A Curse Of Cynicism
3. Deny It All
4. We've Got A Score To Settle

1. Echo
2. Stuck On A Wire, Out On The Fence
3. A Sea of Solid Earth*
4. But There's Wolves?

1. She's Always Singing
2. The Dead Dont Starve
3. A Sua Voz*
4. Misplaced Devotion

1. Things That Hide Away*
2. The Canopy
3. Crow And Cackle
4. The Inheritance

1. Tripping In Triplets
2. Trapdoor
3. What You Said
4. The Collapse Of The Great Tide Cliffs*

1. What Time Taught Us*
2. Mandala
3. Progress
4. Therma

1. Mr. Malum
2. Lillian*
3. Too Late
4. Look Away

1. Home
2. Fall And Flee
3. No God*
4. Lost But Not All Gone

*favorite tracks

vincelac 06/13/11 10:57 AM

I am so excited to hide away and listen to this tomorrow.

runningohfive 06/13/11 11:02 AM

I really want to hears this. Good review.

drevans18 06/13/11 11:11 AM

I'm really excited to listen to this.

Spartan789013 06/13/11 11:27 AM

I can't wait til this comes in the mail.

sweepthenation 06/13/11 11:36 AM

Oh my god I just know I am going to fall in love with this

peder458 06/13/11 11:40 AM

I liked the review a lot. I hope this album is as impressive as I think it will be!

jasonisasleep 06/13/11 11:56 AM

i've heard the 11 song version, but i want to hear the full spectrum

Saint Angeles 06/13/11 12:04 PM

Good observation about the Violet EP - just from listening to Lillian (over and over and over), I felt like that was the most "Dear Hunter" of the colors so far.

That being said... only had the sampler, and now I'm jonesin'.

coreysetfail 06/13/11 12:14 PM

great review. short and to the point, i don't think anybody expected a rundown of all 36 tracks. i really can't wait for this to come in the mail. i plan on making some coffee and putting on each vinyl one at a time for a full listen-through. pumped. does anyone know when they're getting shipped out?

Portugal4142 06/13/11 12:25 PM

Really underwhelmed by the sampler.. discourages me from being excited about this... still want to listen to hear everything tho.

gonfreaks 06/13/11 12:28 PM

This has been one of my most anticipated for a while, even more so after hearing the single disc sampler version. I wasn't an enormous fan of Act III but everything else this band has done is gold so I have no doubts that I'll love most of this. Black, Violet and White are probably the EPs I want to hear the most.

AdamChildress 06/13/11 12:28 PM

I really really want to listen to this.

snoboardnfreek 06/13/11 12:33 PM


Originally Posted by coreysetfail (Post 90639662)
great review. short and to the point, i don't think anybody expected a rundown of all 36 tracks. i really can't wait for this to come in the mail. i plan on making some coffee and putting on each vinyl one at a time for a full listen-through. pumped. does anyone know when they're getting shipped out?

i got an email on friday that it was electronically notified for shipping, so hopefully it comes in tomorrow! i'm so pumped for it

jdr277 06/13/11 12:38 PM

I think from Black-Yellow will be my favorite but then it might slow down to much... so far only dislike Indigo songs so we will see.