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The Dear Hunter - Act I: The Lake South, The River North CD (album) cover


The Dear Hunter


Crossover Prog

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The Truth
5 stars The beginning of a truly amazing rock opera (so far at least.)

I have and always will be a fan of rock operas. Don't know why I love them as much as I do, I just do. But when I stumbled across this band (don't even remember how that happened) and saw that he was planning a six-part rock opera all I could think was HECK YES! I immeadiately bought the first two (because those were the only two out at the time, review of Act II soon to follow) and was comletely blown away upon first listen.

The acapella intro really sets the mood for the birth and The Lake South serves as a great piano intro that builds up into City Escape. This part is about the boy (The Dear Hunter) being born and his prostitute mother (Ms. Terri) leaving the city after his birth. Then the Inquiry of Ms. Terri and 1878 explains how the boy is raised and both have a more pastoral feel than the other songs (rightfully so.) Then the mother's profession is revealed in The Pimp and the Priest (Yes, priest by day, pimp by night, go figure) somewhat cynical song, this one. In His Hands Matched His Tongue, Ms. Terri raises the boy through puberty (but somehow manages to keep her profession revealed from him) Then a piano outro sets up for the next act... The storyline is important to know because the album perfectly reflects it (a reason I love it) and it's a very interesting story.

Act 1 is probably the least exciting act but it's not the worst one musically by any means and the storyline is kept well (unlike some rock operas... AHEM*LAMB*AHEM.) But please check this out because the band does not recieve alot of the praise they deserve and it's a just plain great listen.

The Truth | 5/5 |


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