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Act I: The Lake South the River North

4.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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This is the story of a boy, from his creation to his untimely end; from the beautifully rapturous to the truly tragic. The Dear Hunter sings of something to which we can all relate: lust, deceit, greed, and hunting. It's the brainchild of Casey Crescenzo, former vocalist, guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist for The Receiving End Of Sirens.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 26, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Triple Crown
  • ASIN: B000HDRB8E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I remember the day I bought this album, shortly after it came out. I asked the guy at the counter what he thought of it. I knew it was from Casey Crescenzo, formerly of TREOS, and according to the random guy at the counter, it was great. So I followed his advice and Casey's reputation from TREOS, and figured this could be a great new venture like TREOS turned out to be when I first bought their album on a whim.

Let me say, this album left a lot to be desired. I can't say I was expecting the Receiving End of Sirens; I knew it was going to be something totally different, and it definitely is. Unconventional instrumental arrangements and melodic changes make this a unique venture. There are multiple influences, but every time I listen to this album, I feel like he was so anxious to combine his influences to create something great and instead finished it as an unfocused jumble of inconsistency with some flashes of brilliance.

The album starts off on a good note, and builds up to something that sounds like it can be great, from the dark undertone of the "Battesimo del Fuoco" to the beautiful arrangement of "The Lake South." Then out of nowhere, "City Escape" explodes and you hear something totally new and exciting, albeit while sacrificing what could have been a more chilling extended introduction rather than rushing into it.

Although "City Escape" has something unique going for it, it is spaced out much longer than it should be, and the moment halfway through the song where it almost seems the band goes to sleep for a minute destroys all the momentum the song had going for it. When it finally returns, you've lost interest and wonder why the song is first rushed and then suddenly spaced out for no apparent reason.
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Initially I came across the Dear Hunter by mistake in one of those Amazon "if you like this, than maybe you'd like these" type pages. I saw the Dear Hunter and I checked out some samples from both Act I: the Lake South, the River North, and Act III: Life and Death. My immediate reaction was "this is a really interesting diverse display of musicianship, as well, it's catchy and enjoyable."

The album itself far surpassed the samples on Amazon, and I found myself immersed in this conceptual story while enjoying a wide variety of genres of music. The Dear Hunter as a band do well at combining 40's, 50's, 60's, classical, contemporary, rock, and even bluesy cruise type music that you would expect to hear on a tropical getaway. They are immensely talented and the singer doesn't annoy you with experimental styles. As well, a lot of the songs flow together and give you a semblance of something more than a cumulation of random sounds on a cd.

My favorite song is probably City Escape, but I also love the track previous that flows into it, which is called The Lake South.

Well worth your time if you are into anything other than straight radio mainstream and enjoy some personality in your music.

-cary-
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"The Dear Hunter" is an exceptional piece of work that you should go out and purchase. If you like concept albums, you'll love this CD. It's like taking the TREOS album "Between the Heart and the Synapse" and taking it to a whole new level where there are no boundaries.

This is the second album I've heard of them...I like how it has progressed from "Dear Miss Leading"...but I still love that album just as much. This is more "rock-oriented" and a little bit less electronic. Definitly a step up as far as live goes.

If you love harmonies, layering, and clever/catchy guitar lines...pick this album up. If you like music...pick this up!
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This EP is absolutely breathtaking. The arrangements are incredible and the fact that I can even say this album HAS arrangements is a sure sign that this CD is something special from a band likened to genres with Saves the Day and/or other emo/prog-punk bands. From the musical mastermind behind The Receiving End of Sirens' awe-inspiring debut, this CD has something for everyone. If you like music, you will love this 30-minute glimpse at the Dear Hunter. Their full-length drops May 22, 2007. Sign me up. There really isn't a bad song to be had here.
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Let me start off by saying, I love The Dear Hunter. I love this album, and the music itself is amazing. I have no problem with the music or the band.

However, the quality of this record is not the best. It looks fine, not warped or distressed, but when I played it on my record player, it sounded very distorted and it cut off some parts of the songs. To be sure it wasn't my actual record player, I tried out three other records and they sounded just fine.

I'd give a rating of 5 stars if I were just reviewing the music and the band.
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I discovered The Dear Hunter through a friend, and fell in love instantly; the poetic music, passionate music, and immersive storyline within the album all blew me away. My friend let me borrow Act II, and I bought this album and Act III as soon as I got home. This particular album has, in my opinion, the softest music and lyrics out of all of the albums so far. It's a great introduction to a terrific series of music!

Anyone who skips over this guy without an unbiased listen is really missing out. This is a fantastic album!
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