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The Dear Hunter


Crossover Prog

4.10 | 371 ratings

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4 stars At this point I don't even understand what is happening in this story (I'll keep rolling with it though)

This album, to a certain extent, disappointed me. Don't take it as a negative point towards the album, I simply thought it was going to be blown away with every track considering it's their highest-rated album in almost every music rating site. This record is phenomenal, but it's not perfect, thankfully it's carried by some great heavyweights spread across the album.

Six years after Act III, The Dear Hunter finally released their long-awaited fourth act, it definitely shows a minuscule departure from their classic sound, and I say minuscule because this album is still very proggy, just not as much. There's also slightly less theatrical tracks in it, which overall gives it a more serious vibe. A lot more orchestration as well.

So, the tracks. The Haunt is very, very good. It isn't as fast paced as their other openers but it has a very majestic feel and the chorus is so good! Waves is a classic. As simple as that. It's completely pop but it's so beautiful and calming there's no way you can't love it. I usually repeat it once when doing full-listens of the album.

A Night On The Town is one of the very few theatrical songs, and it's one of the best from the album, its first half is very funky while it's second half is way more atmospheric and moody, which helps make an amazing transition to the next track. The Bitter Suite, Parts III & IV is also phenomenal, featuring some heavy jazz and blues influences, it's one of the most dynamic tracks of the album for sure. The Bitter Suite, Part V follows it up with stronger focus on ballad structure.

If All Goes Well is easily my favorite from the album. This song is just straight up beautiful! Some of the most soothing melodies in their discography are in this song. It has a very positive vibe and never fails to put a smile on my face. Wait works as a great opener for Ouroboros and they close the album very well, not to forget how good their transition is!

The rest of the tracks are very good and, as you can expect from a The Dear Hunter album, flow very well. I would give it a four star rating, first time I heard it I was disappointed but after more spins it definitely grew on me and it's for sure a great record.

Nhelv | 4/5 |


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