First Impressions: The Dear Hunter – Act III: Life and Death

First Impressions is a segment where we let you into our early thoughts on a highly anticipated album, This week, we have our early views on The Dear Hunter’s Act III: Life and Death. It drops June 23rd on Triple Crown Records.

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“It’s about time!” is probably the thoughts on any fan of The Dear Hunter upon hearing of the release of this record. The third chapter in a six chapter story finds Casey Crescenzo and crew being even more elaborate than ever before, but also with more heart and soul than either of the previous releases. The album opens with one of the most intriguing beginnings of any album in 2009 and continues to lure the listener in with each and every track. The flow is phenomenal and Crescenzo has never written nor sounded better in his life. His voice bounces from light and angelic to gruff without once wavering from being completely compelling. The band has really expanded the scope of their sound to create soundtracks for every possible scene in life from fiestas [“In Clauda Venenum”] to a ballroom blitz [“Go Get Your Gun”] to even a dreary spring day [“Father”]. I’ve spent about a week with this record and each listen feels like the first time. The scope of this band has never been so fully realized as it is here and I’m sure both their fans and newcomers will be more than pleased with the result.

James Shotwell

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  • Shawn

    OMFG 1st REVIEW ON EARTH. Since when do first impressions count as reviews?

  • James

    Well technically, the idea of talking about how we like or dislike an album regardless of the amount of detail can be considered a review. This discusses my current thoughts on the record, so it works as a form of rough draft of sorts.

  • can’t wait to listen to this record

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