The Dear Hunter
Yellow


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jacob R. STAFF
March 4th, 2012 | 38 replies | 5,527 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With only a couple of strokes of the pen, the Dear Hunter establish themselves as virtuosos of anthems written under the blistering sun.

The Dear Hunter's objective of “The Color Spectrum” was to create a pretty loose collection of musical projects that corresponded rather vaguely with different colors. They hinted towards what Casey himself imagined, but still left it up to interpretation so as to leave the listeners with a bit of freedom to gather from it what they desire. However, the overarching theme of the Yellow EP is perhaps the most universal one: when we picture the color yellow, the stinging rays of summer come to mind, accompanied by ice cream trucks and the impenetrably resilient scent of chlorine. Not everyone shares these exact memories, but even so, the tunes here are representative of the carefree bliss we all harbored during the summer months. It's invigorating to be able to kick your shoes off and do what you love without responsibilities interfering, and fittingly enough this is the purpose that the Yellow EP played for the Dear Hunter themselves.

The SPF-infused melodies and blistering strummed guitar of Casey and company seem inconceivably natural, seeing as The Dear Hunter have never quite treaded this easygoing path before. Instead of the usual fare of Crescenzo having to acutely depict the tale of the boy from the concept album while being as verbose as possible, instead this project gives him an opportunity to do two very important things: to write infectious songs that make him just as happy as his listeners, and to let his inhibitions go musically. From the sunshine-laced introduction of 'She's Always Singing' to the addictive vocal harmonies in 'Misplaced Devotion', the seamless nature of the tracks makes one wonder how this isn't considered standard fare by the group. “The Dead Don't Starve” is perhaps the weakest track on the EP, but this fact alone is indicative of the lack of damaging faults the release possesses as a whole. Although the aforementioned song is filled to the brim with excitable reverb-laden guitars and perhaps just a little too much bliss for its own good, it still establishes itself as a landmark within the Dear Hunter's discography for its sheer potency.

Even though the Yellow is a great success, it does feel a bit too far-reaching at times, as if it's striving for a bulls-eye that's too distant. There are only a few ideas that the group desire to express, and the EP as a whole starts to feel a little redundant by the time that it closes. The vast wealth of vocal harmonies and carefree melodies can feel a little feigned from time, and these blemishes show up in a couple of the choruses, which aren't quite as infectious as the rest of the album. Most of this release is filled to the brim with rejuvenating passion, though, and this is what makes renders each song as effective as it is. Because the Dear Hunter approached such a distinct landmark with such an open mind, it embraces them with open arms.

With only a couple of strokes of the pen, the Dear Hunter establish themselves as virtuosos of anthems written under the blistering sun, and while only trying their hand at the game. This is evidence of how versatile Casey has become ever since his days with The Receiving End of Sirens, and is reason enough for all of us to wait voraciously and impatiently for Act IV. After all, if all of these different styles have become second-nature, then what terrain won't be successfully covered in the future?



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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2012



10041 Comments


Blue is still the best though

Tyrannic
March 3rd 2012



3261 Comments


BUT THERE'S WOLVES??

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2012



10041 Comments


GO GET YOUR GUN

Tyrannic
March 3rd 2012



3261 Comments


BUT I DON'T HAVE ONE I LIVE IN CHICAGO IT'S BORDERLINE ILLEGAL HERE.



but seriously, good review. laziness has prevented me from listening to the whole collection, but i got the abridged version and loved it. tossing up between orange and black for favorites

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2012



10041 Comments


WELL YOU NEED AT LEAST A BASEBALL BAT FOR THE FUTURE

thank you :]] Black's my least favorite, actually. Blue and White are probably my favorites, with Yellow and Orange behind.

Tyrannic
March 3rd 2012



3261 Comments


reminder: chicago.



we've been reminding the rest of the country for 100 years that we don't know how to swing a baseball bat.

JAXETA
March 3rd 2012



772 Comments


wain ord didn't review this? weird

ILJ
March 3rd 2012



6650 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Finally, someone else that likes blue. People said blue was boring, and I can see why because I thought so too at first, but it's supposed to be very calm and soothing, and it does so very well.

White and Yellow, along with Green, are my favorites.

Good review also.

Tyrannic
March 3rd 2012



3261 Comments


ILJ - see, that's why i like black and orange. it's the complete opposite of that haha

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2012



10041 Comments


ILJAJLM knows what he's talking about :] and thank you.

Green is probably my least favorite, but I can see why others would like it

Tyrannic, you assume I have even the slightest knowledge of baseball culture whatsoever :P I can pretend I do though.

Maize
March 3rd 2012



153 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yellow is a close second to blue

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2012



10041 Comments


I like the way you guys think.

Maize
March 3rd 2012



153 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@Tyrannic While it may be great, the shortened version doesn't come close to doing justice to the whole color spectrum

klap
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2012



10306 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this and green are my faves

Digging: Literature - Chorus

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2012



10041 Comments


Green's one of your favorites? I expected better from you, Rudy ;]

klap
Staff Reviewer
March 3rd 2012



10306 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'm a sucker for that kind of music. don't worry blue is probably third for me

Funeralopolis
March 3rd 2012



11154 Comments


I'm a sucker for doom metal and bongs but this is no bong.

Digging: Banks - London

Funeralopolis
March 3rd 2012



11154 Comments


Without a carb, you just pull the slide out and all the smoke rushes into you lungs fast.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
March 4th 2012



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Possibly the most pleasant surprise of the 9 EPs that make up 'The Color Spectrum', the 'Yellow EP' sees The Dear Hunter take on 60's pop & succeed. While it's too dated at times, it is difficult to dislike the bright, vibrant & catchy sound which successfully gives off a joyous, summery vibe. There is a clear Beatles influence evident here, but there's also a touch of The Beach Boys in the harmonies. The instrumentation also sees a slight folk influence infiltrate the music, further lending weight to the argument that this talented band can accomplish almost anything they put their mind to. Recommended Track: Misplaced Devotion & The Dead Don't Starve.

Funeralopolis
March 4th 2012



11154 Comments


The album cover is orange ffs but has lemons on it.



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