The Dear Hunter - Act II: The Meaning of, and All Things Regarding Ms. Leading

The Dear Hunter - Act II: The Meaning of, and All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
Genre: Pop\Rock
Duration: 01:16:56
Artist: The Dear Hunter
Album: Act II: The Meaning of, and All Things Regarding Ms. Leading
Release Date: May 22, 2007
Styles: Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Chamber Pop

Love it or hate it, the Dear Hunter's Act II: The Meaning of, And All Things Regarding, Ms. Leading is certainly a grandiose project filled with ambition. The two act, isolation-themed rock opera is filled with intricate instrumentation and bipolar change-ups that recall Mr. Bungle's California or Mars Volta's De-Loused in the Comatorium with aspects of Sufjan Stevens' Illinoise. The production is phenomenal, and the multi-layered songs feature unexpected dynamic changes, with parts dropping in and out with ease like a camera cutting from one scene to another. Soundscapes change drastically several times within a single number, turning from a guitar-based prog rock blazer to gritty Dixieland, then switching over to a cello and harp concerto. "Smiling Swine" flips nimbly between a Queens of the Stone Age fill to a peppy Spoon bit and then into a symphonic reverberated Beach Boys bridge. It's a dizzying experience, and enough to hold the attention of even the most hyperactive mind, even when the songs reach nine-and-a-half minutes long. However, the downside is that it might take some time to get past the vocals, which sometimes feel forced and whiney with a nasally pop-punk tinge in the vain of Fall Out Boy. Worse yet, the lyrical content is sometimes sappy and reads like it came directly from the pages of an emo teen's journal ("Darkness, hesitation, I fell into her arms/Breathe in, this is amazing/Breathe out, this is amazing/She removed her clothes and all of the world shined.") Luckily, with the scope of the symphonic and dramatic backdrop, the words feel deeper and more meaningful or are often easily ignored. Jam-packed with musical ideas and mood shifts, this disc becomes increasingly rewarding after repeated listens and should especially appeal to aspiring producers and musicians.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
The Death and the Berth / Casey Crescenzo / The Dear HunterThe Dear Hunter0:38
The Procession / Casey Crescenzo / The Dear HunterThe Dear Hunter4:59
The Lake and the River / Casey Crescenzo / The Dear HunterThe Dear Hunter9:29
The Oracles on the Delphi Express / Casey Crescenzo / The Dear HunterThe Dear Hunter4:18
The Church and the Dime / Casey Crescenzo / The Dear HunterThe Dear Hunter4:57
The Bitter Suite / Casey Crescenzo / The Dear HunterThe Dear Hunter6:06
The Bitter Suite / Casey Crescenzo / The Dear HunterThe Dear Hunter7:46
Smiling Swine / Casey Crescenzo / The Dear HunterThe Dear Hunter4:45
Evicted / Casey Crescenzo / The Dear HunterThe Dear Hunter3:44
Blood of the Rose / Casey Crescenzo / The Dear HunterThe Dear Hunter3:48
Red Hands / Casey Crescenzo / The Dear HunterThe Dear Hunter6:07
Where the Road Parts / Casey Crescenzo / The Dear HunterThe Dear Hunter4:29
Dear Ms. Leading / Casey Crescenzo / The Dear HunterThe Dear Hunter4:28
Black Sandy Beaches / Casey Crescenzo / The Dear HunterThe Dear Hunter4:13
Vital Vessle Vindicates / Casey Crescenzo / The Dear HunterThe Dear Hunter7:09

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