The Dear Hunter
Red


4.5
superb

Review

by Caleb McAlpine USER (109 Reviews)
July 10th, 2011 | 45 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Why is it so damn hard to find anyone who can get behind such a simple plot?

If any colour in The Dear Hunter’s 9 EP The Color Spectrum collection is the least subjective in its hue-terpretation, I’m going to go out on a limb to say it’s Red. I mean, we’re all pretty sure red is a dangerous colour. Stop signs, insects you shouldn’t eat, penalty cards and raw, contaminated meat all agree: being red gets you attention and it’s usually for a good reason. Apparently studies even show that red carries the “strongest reaction of all colours” (and that scientists are running out of interesting things to make ‘studies’ out of). But think about the implications of the colour: bloodshed, anger, and lust themselves are all cogs in red’s symbolic regime. There aren’t a lot of things outside of ripe apples and roses that don’t match the colour’s panicked persona - the Red EP included. And I know I contradict my stance on the Black EP when I say that the colours even matter (and I retain that they don’t) but hear me out: Red is probably the closest thing in the Color Spectrum collection to equivocally represent a colour aurally.

Now, this isn’t The Alchemy Index and things aren’t thematically (and stupidly) titled nor are they as blatantly crafted to be conceptual (as good as Kensrue and crew pulled that off) - they didn’t say, ”this song is red, let’s write it about great sunsets, intense anger and name it ‘Fire! Fire! This fire is RED! (feat. Anger + Ladybugs’”). They did however, do a pretty good job of straddling the red stereotypes and natural songwriting. I mean, there’s a lot of shouting, a lot of Andy Hull, a lot of distortion and a reference to having blood on your hands once or twice but it doesn’t deal with cliche “red”-ness nor does it whore itself out to ‘sounding’ like a colour. It has energy by the buttload though. It starts with a bang on ‘I Couldn’t It Do It Alone’ and barely simmers down to a peaceful end during the stifled, closing chords of ‘We’ve Got a Score to Settle Down’. It roars through Foo Fighter-esque laments of cynicism in the high-octane ‘A Curse of Cynicism’, ripe with palm-muted interludes and wailing, impassioned vocals. It runs a rhythmic marathon on ‘Deny It All’ only to trickle into a half-tempo, moody bridge just long enough to catch a breath between the anthemic, infectious chorus and the driving drums. The entire ordeal burns at a quick-neck pace that communicates an impeccable energy.

I will, however, inform that Red, for something that I just said ‘burns’ awfully quickly, manages to be a slow-burner in its immediacy. All the power-chords, grunge-antics and hollering can be a bit to take in and a song like ‘A Curse of Cynicism’ can completely eclipse itself with its erratic song structure and relentless dynamic. This is why Red struck me as my least favourite EP in the Color Spectrum collection initially and why I consider it one of the most consistent, entertaining EPs on the selection now. It delights in its highlights; in the things you don’t notice on your first listen: Casey’s yelling of “keep your eye on the prize!”, the simple but essential basslines in ‘Deny It All’s chorus and the sheer aggression of Casey’s vocal performance on ‘We’ve Got a Score to Settle’. Don’t be quick to judge, Red‘s dumb, angry facade can’t be simply judged on surface level. Sure, it is the closest to sounding like the colour it represents but it is no exception to The Dear Hunter’s typically sincere compositions. These quadruplets are the love children of great, natural songwriting - they just coincidentally sound pretty red.



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Waior
July 10th 2011


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fairly quick write up - merely an excuse to post silly recommended by the reviewer suggestions? yes but there's more! there's opinions on music!

i hated this ep at first btw

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qwe3
July 10th 2011


21369 Comments


i think this is prob my favourite EP

qwe3
July 10th 2011


21369 Comments


Apparently studies even show that red carries the “strongest reaction of all colours” (and that scientists are running out of interesting things to make ‘studies’ out of).


niceeeeeee haha

Knott-
Emeritus
July 10th 2011


10198 Comments


HEY GUYS DID U KNOW BULLS ARE COLOURBLIND SO THE RAG DOESN'T NEED TO BE RED THEY JUST DONT LIKE RAGS IN GENERAL

Waior
July 10th 2011


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

does anybody like rags?

qwe3
July 10th 2011


21369 Comments


did actually know that.

Waior
July 10th 2011


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i, unenlightened as i do, did not

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

mACaLpinE, take that extra "a" out of the summary.

Waior
July 10th 2011


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that's some oddball capitalisation you've done with that name of mine

but good eye! thank ye

Tyrael
July 10th 2011


20928 Comments


Can't get into this band at all. Great review as usual Waior.

Tyrael
July 10th 2011


20928 Comments


I heard the Color Spectrum and it was ughhh

HBFS
July 10th 2011


1271 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

being red gets you attention and it’s usually for a good reason.

your*

Nice review. One of my favourite EPs from the collection.

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qwe3
July 10th 2011


21369 Comments


"I heard the Color Spectrum and it was ughhh"

it's way better if you listen to the individual eps

otherwise it gets so tiring

DoubtGin
July 10th 2011


6752 Comments


decent review

pizzamachine
July 10th 2011


12571 Comments


"there's opinions on music!"

GASP!

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2011


16571 Comments


awesome and hilarious review caleb

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fromtheinside
July 10th 2011


18818 Comments


Review made Thrice references

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Tyrael
July 10th 2011


20928 Comments


it's way better if you listen to the individual eps

otherwise it gets so tiring

Thanks qwe, I'll give it a try

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2011


16571 Comments


Also report back with your opinions & other findings, Tyraelxy. I want to be there when you realize how good this whole collection is.

Tyrael
July 10th 2011


20928 Comments


Also report back with your opinions & other findings, Tyraelxy. I want to be there when you realize how good this whole collection is.

Your confidence baffles me



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