I believe that The Dear Hunter may be the only band to undertake such a massive story arc; â€œAct IIIâ€ is the third part of six that former The Receiving End of Sirens member Casey Crescenzo began with 2006â€™s Act Iâ€ (reviewed at http://neufutur.com/Reviews/thedearhunter.html ). The disc begins with â€œWriting on a Wallâ€, a track that is tremendously important for both establishing continuity with the other two releases in the line as well as establishing â€œLife and Deathâ€ as a significantly different creature than the other titles. This means that the music crafted by The Dear Hunter during the early reaches of â€œLife and Deathâ€ takes on reggae and Louisiana soul to heart, all while challenging listenersâ€™ assumptions about proper time signatures.
â€œWhat It Means To Be Aloneâ€ continues changing up â€œLife and Deathâ€, with the overall sound achieved by The Dear Hunter here being much more in line with Cursive and Death Cab For Cutie than My Chemical Romance or Aiden. The shifts in tempo again call forth a Queen type of sound, while the band moves into â€œThe Tankâ€ with a tremendous amount of steam. â€œThe Tankâ€ succeeds based on the strings present at the beginning, along with the pomp-filled energy brought forth by the vocals here. The track may not be destined for single play, but it operates as an essential track in the creation of a disc-wide narrative.
â€œMustard Gasâ€ is an epic track on the level of the Guns N Roses track â€œEstrangedâ€, tying together elements from a slew of previous tracks to make an authoritative, memorable track. â€œHe Said He Had A Storyâ€ will be the track that I feel that most new to the band will appreciate the most; the catchy vocals struggle with the funky, chunky bass line in the creation of something special. The Dear Hunter rock and finesse through the entirety of â€œLife and Deathâ€ and give listeners more than enough reason to eagerly anticipate their next release, whenever it may be released. Kudos has to go to the band for continually innovating and evolving their sound over the course of the last three years.
The Dear Hunter â€“ Act III: Life and Death / 2009 Triple Crown / http://www.thedearhunter.com / http://www.triplecrownrecords.com
Top Tracks: Writing on a Wall, What It Means To Alone