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Where most recording artists have to work up to crafting, mixing, and releasing a concept album, Casey Crescenzo (recording under the moniker The Dear Hunter) operates in diametric directions. His fifth studio album is also his first to not wax conceptual. “Bring You Down” opens with lush, symphonic strings that swell with sweeping grandiosity before dissipating to reveal Crescenzo cooing softly over stark piano notes. When the song builds up again, it plays with a gorgeous sonic panorama that’s rooted in the rich production values of Brian Wilson by way of Phil Spector. Freeing himself from the heady confines of piecing together conceptual albums pays off, as evidenced here and in the following “Whisper”—a similarly orchestrated composition with faster rhythms and what sounds like a church choir of vocal overdubs. After touring with the Los Gatos, Calif., band Dredg, it’s quite possible that some of that group's baroque-pop songwriting style seeped into the soulful “Shame,” which plays like a collaboration between The Dear Hunter and Dredg. “Let Go” is an emotionally triumphant standout.

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Very few times does a band come out with album after album that consistently move me. This album, from start to finish, is absolute perfection. As hard as it is to follow a project as brilliant as The Color Spectrum, these guys have done it again, and then some. I get chills from every one of the songs, and Casey's vocals on this album trump anything that he's ever done. Probably my new favorite of their albums.


A worthy follow up to the Color Spectrum. Kind of miss an overarching concept, but it is none the less an amazing stand alone album.

Amazing, but missing some things.

I was very excited when this album was announced, and when "Whisper" was played, I was thrilled. I was even glad that Casey was taking a break from the Acts, as The Color Spectrum was beautiful. I had always admired TDH's ability to write beautiful ballads and powerful rock/guitar driven songs. Sadly, this album lacked that. Migrant sounds like a combination of the colors white and blue from The Color Spectrum, which isn't a bad thing, just kind of disappointing. I was looking forward to more powerful and in-your-face songs (like Whisper), but this album lacked just that. Most of the songs are slower - which once again, isn't bad - but the album feels incomplete to me. Nonetheless, I love it. TDH did a great job, and hopefully they don't feel obligated to keep making Acts. Because Migrant is great.


Formed: 2005 in Providence, RI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Dear Hunter started as a solo side project by singer and keyboardist Casey Crescenzo, formerly a key member of Belchertown, Massachusetts emo act the Receiving End of Sirens. An outlet for Crescenzo's songs that didn't fit the Receiving End of Sirens' heavy post-hardcore vibe, the Dear Hunter was initially envisioned as a concurrent project. Indeed, Crescenzo's first gig as the Dear Hunter was an opening slot for the Receiving End of Sirens, at which he was backed by the other members of the...
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