With the completion of a trilogy, many have come to expect great works to fizzle or fade. Act I-III gave us some of the most unique and expressive music any fan of indie rock could expect. After singing along to 'Oh my god, what have I done?' towards the end of Red Hands, no man would hold a great band like The Dear Hunter to a similar standard of excellence. Most TDH fans, I would imagine, stood up at Act I, gave a thunderous applause to Act II, put out a nice golf clap to Act III, and after hearing about the forthcoming 36 track behemoth, thought they ought to sit down.
Stay standing my friends.
The complete collection of the color spectrum goes to some of the farthest sonic and emotive distances of the entire TDH library - and you won't be more excited. At 2.3 hours, it will give you the goosebumps and smiles that you'd ever want. Surveying sounds from Radiohead, Brand New, Manchester Orchestra, The Beach Boys, Bright Eyes, The Beatles, even Coldplay, there's a little something for everybody.
Don't whimp out. Block out an evening. And give yourself one of the best aural experience in years.
Without a doubt, there are some great songs on this album, but I can't really understand the selection. With so many songs to choose from, they only picked 11 songs, making it barely over 40 minutes. Personally, I bought this album and downloaded a torrent of the entire selection, but if I hadn't I would be very annoyed at this album. I can only assume that the publisher chose the songs with no input from the band. My personal favorites from all of the eps would be pretty different, but in the end I don't mind supporting the band and there still are some great songs on this sampler album.
This album is kind of like a greatest hits for The Dear Hunter's Color Spectrum project which consists of nine EPs each based on a color. I'm thankful that it went on sale or I might have missed this incredible band. I was very much intrigued by the songs on sample here and set about trying to find out if the complete set would make more sense as a purchase.
The answer is easily "Yes." Like any greatest hit collection the song selection is a bit of a head scratcher. There aren't any bad songs on this set, but many of my favorites are absent. Plus hearing the songs together is amazing because they are so complementary. Basically if you like any of these color songs, you will probably like the entire EP.
My personal favorites from this set include Filth and Squalor (Black) which twitches and pulses like classic Nine Inch Nails. But There's Wolves (Orange) which just rocks with great harmonies. Lillian (Violet) a pop waltz which slowly builds to a rapturous crescendo.
I probably should have mentioned it early, but the band has a very eclectic style which I find very refreshing. They are comfortable playing all genres and styles.
Go ahead any buy this, but it is kind of like you're only getting a peek at the corner of a masterpiece.