Act I: The Lake South, The River North Review

artist: The Dear Hunter date: 03/22/2007 category: compact discs
The Dear Hunter: Act I: The Lake South, The River North
Release Date: Sep 26, 2006
Label: Triple Crown
Genres: Indie Rock, Chamber Pop
Number Of Tracks: 8
This is the story of a boy, from his creation to his untimely end; from the beautifully rapturous to the truly tragic.
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 9.7
Act I: The Lake South, The River North Reviewed by: sweetpeasuzie, on march 22, 2007
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Sound: The Dear Hunter works with everything from gospel spirituals and vaudeville jazz to soft rock tempos, hardcore bolts, prog-rock riffs, and orchestral-pop registers on their debut EP Act 1: The Lake South, The River North. The music is highly evolved, impeccably arranged and dynamically corded. The Dear Hunter's founder Casey Crescenzo, former keyboardist, vocalist, and sequencer of Boston's post-hardcore band The Receiving End Of Sirens, had the concept for these songs before joining TREOS but really developed them when guitarist Erick Serna, drummer Sam Dent, keyboardist Luke Dent began working with him on them. Current in the band is bassist Josh Rheault. Crescenzo wrote, arranged, engineered, and produced the album inputting vocal harmonies by Dan Nigro, lead singer of As Tall As Lions, and swirling organ verses performed by his father jazz musician Phil Crescenzo on the track 1878. The album launches with a fluidly a cappella spiritual Battesimo del Fuoco which segues into a plush vaudeville jazz minuet The Lake South lined with bobbing adagio trumpet sluices played by Tom Neesom. The album dives straight into the crux of the music and the fable being told with dynamic chord progressions, trembling rhythms, and beads of heated tension steaming up from the vents in the melodic folds of City Escape. The winding vocals and fervent rhythms in The Inquiry Of Ms. Terri are flared with arcs of guitar flourishes which inflate and exhale along the melodic transitions. Celestial string arrangements and scintillating piano motifs are layered along bursts of raging guitar bows and bluesy toned rhythms giving the melodies multiple palettes and lush textures. The album is filled with hardcore-soul concluding with an isolated piano melody ruminating a dark, doleful mood and melancholic tones on the track The River North. // 10

Lyrics: The lyrics are thought provoking regarding the plight of humans and the struggles that individuals face in order to survive. The words reflect on humans need to act out of greed and self-preservation using deceit and guile to survive. The lyrics make the claim that hope is killed in it's infancy like in the track The Inquiry Of Ms. Terri when Crescenzo carols, A boy whose grown too short to see/A tale untold too tall to be a life once lived behind closed doors/The irony of the pensive whore/Touch, taste, feel it ripping me down. The lyrics observe a boy's life from birth to manhood and finally his death. Born to a whore and an absent father, the events in his life turn him into a savage creature always on the hunt and being hunted. From infancy, all hope for the boy to live happily is extinguished as a gloomy situation festers into a darker one, trapped in a vicious circle. // 9

Overall Impression: The music is cinematic, artistic, melodic, and passionate. It is so well sutured amassing rivulets of vocal harmonies, vibrant dynamics coursing through the chord progressions, and sheer smoothness along the transitions, that it is one of the finest albums I've ever heard. It may not be for everyone, but it is an album that is easy to appreciate for it's artistic endeavor and melodic prog-rock score. // 10

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