The Dear Hunter   Violet
4.2
excellent
Ranking: #19 for 2011

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0.0 Lakes. | June 24th 11

Like if PATD kicked it into gear and made a masterpiece.

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4.5 superbDaveyBoy EMERITUS | December 18th 11

Certain to be a favorite amongst fans of The Dear Hunter, the penultimate of 9 EPs which make up 'The Color Spectrum' collection is the one which most resembles the sound of the band's previous releases. Filled with piano, strings & imaginative storytelling, the 'Violet EP' is progressive leaning indie-pop which gives off a theatrical broadway vibe. Meticulously arranged & fantastically catchy, front-man Casey Crescenzo really shows off his pipes here, just begging for the listener to sing along. Could this be a hint at what 'Act IV' will sound like or will the final EP be more of a pointer to that direction? Recommended Tracks: Too Late, Lillian & Mr. Malum.

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5.0 classicDesolator | June 20th 11

This is the style the dear hunter does best, throw away all the other EPs lol

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3.0 gooddedex | April 30th 20

The most classical-sounding EP of the collection. It's alt-prog filled with strings and piano and emotional choruses. I've never been a huge fan of this trademark sound, so yeah it's aight. 3.0

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4.5 superb3waycrash | September 15th 16

The most familiar to The Dear Hunter's usual theatrical sound with the Acts. If you can't sit down to listen through one of the full Acts because of the length, you can find the same type of listening experience with this short EP that's just as great.

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4.5 superbTRMshadow | July 16th 13

The alt-prog masterpiece you've been expecting. More in-line with their other (non-color spectrum) work and well worth the wait (if, like me, you were listening from black to white ROYGBIV-style). 4.3/5

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4.5 superbImpervious | April 12th 13



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5.0 classicTheBaronofBadNews | September 29th 11

Easily the strongest part of the Spectrum. Every song is gnarly.

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4.5 superbNeutralThunder12 | September 6th 11

The best 'experiment' (though not much of one for the Dear Hunter) on the Color Spectrum is the one that sounds most similar to their old work. Sure, they proved they can play/write songs in many genres (and do it masterfully) but by Violet being the best EP, they proved that they are best at this style. Theatrical, intricate, catchy, and everything I love about this band. Every song on here is flawless. It showcases everything amazing about Casey as a songwriter; the songs have great stories behind them, brilliant melodies, lush instrumentation, excellent composition and amazing atmosphere. These four songs exemplify everything that the Dear Hunter are great at, but compiles it into a short collection that never bores or falls flat. It's weird, and definitely a little quirky, and I'm not surprised in the few that find this to be the worst EP, it takes a weird kind of ear to really enjoy something like "Look Away", which is the best type of cheesy you can ask for. It's definitely the EP on the album thats gonna divide people the most, but I love it, for how it uses cheesiness to its advantage and showcases some of Casey's best songwriting maneuvers. He's the star of the show here. Four of the bands best songs make for, if you consider any of the EP's on here independent from each other, the band's best work to date.

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4.5 superbrokknroll4 | July 18th 11

The Dear Hunter doing what they do best, better than they've ever done it before. If Act IV sounds anything like this its going to be damn good.

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4.5 superbDeathByDaydream | July 11th 11

Out of the whole spectrum, this EP bears the most resemblance in style to the Acts. It's very obvious that this is where TDH feels the most comfortable, and as a result, this is the most all-around brilliant section of The Color Spectrum.

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4.0 excellentQuadrochosis | June 16th 11

This is easily one of the better EPs in the Spectrum. Fantastic work!

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