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The Dear Hunter – “Misplaced Devotion”

If we’re being realistic, I could probably fill about 10 spots on this decade 100 with Dear Hunter songs that I simply adore.  That’s how prevalent they’ve been in the rock scene since 2010, with The Color Spectrum marking my introduction to the band in a grand 9 EP, 36 song fashion.  Out of all those EPs, I was always partial to Yellow for its overarching pop aesthetic and summer-like warmth.  And within that 4 song shell, “Misplaced Devotion” carved a special place out in my mind.

When I think back to 2011, I can’t not start to hum those massive, Coldplay-like woah-oh-oh’s.  The whole track has an urgency that isn’t mirrored anywhere else on Yellow, which otherwise possesses a very laid back, tropical sway.  The lyrics depict a forbidden relationship and unbridled confidence – two things I could relate to in my early twenties when this track seemed to strike right when I needed it to.  Instrumentally, this is a piece that relies on persistent, energetic percussion; otherwise, it’s very much a vocal-centric effort that lives and dies by the strength of the melody.  But just as with many DH songs, the melody is the best part and deserves to be highlighted.

More than anything, “Misplaced Devotion” is just one of those earworms that even after a decade I can’t seem to shake.  Whenever I parse these 36 songs into a more manageable playlist for practical reasons, this song is the first to make the cut.  It’s incredibly fun, catchy, and uplifting pop-rock.  So whether or not that’s a good enough reason, I simply can’t imagine creating a personal decade list for myself where this isn’t included.

Read more from this decade at my homepage for Sowing’s Songs of the Decade.





SowingSeason
08.22.19
Chugging along. Doing a lot more double dips than anticipated but this needs more DH, mwY, BN, MO, etc to be fully representative of my decade.

GreyShadow
08.22.19
woah, I just listened to Yellow on my ride to work today so this is nice timing. She's Always Singing is my personal favorite from this and I think Mandala is my favorite from TCS overall but this is definitely a more than worthy pick.

luci
08.22.19
have you heard dream house?

Keynote23
08.22.19
Awesome playlist man, been real fun tossing it on shuffle at work and seeing where it takes me

Project
08.23.19
I totally get double-dipping for TDH, but this over Gloria?

SowingSeason
08.23.19
Gloria wouldn't make my top 10 DH songs tbh, maybe my top 20 if that. Never found much special about that song.

Project
08.23.19
dumbfounded, that song is probably top 10 for this decade for me. the chorus is just dizzying

Lord(e)Po)))ts
08.23.19
oh dude nice list bet you'd like new evan geesman

Gyromania
08.24.19
yo, have you ever heard dream house?

dustandnations
08.25.19
dream house [3]

Scheumke
08.26.19
Good pick Sowing. For me it would probably be The Old Haunt or A Night on the Town. From the Color Spectrum Yellow is probably tied second with Green for me, after Violet. But it's pretty impossible to pick one TDH song above the others, their consistency is one of the things that make them so special to me.

chaywa
08.29.19
The live version of this on the DVD is simply mesmeric. I think Indigo is my favourite colour EP, but SAS is definitely top 3 songs off TCS.

chaywa
08.29.19
^I meant Misplaced Devotion rather than SAS, stupid tiredness from work.

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