Album 0203: The Dear Hunter – Act II: The Meaning Of & All Things Regarding Ms. Leading

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Release Date: 2007
Genre: Progressive Rock

Tracklisting:

1. The Death And The Berth (00:38)
2. The Procession (04:59)
3. The Lake And The River (09:30)
4. The Oracles On The Delphi Express (04:18)
5. The Church And The Dime (04:58)
6. The Bitter Suite

    I. Meeting Ms. Leading
    II. Through The Dime (06:07)

7. The Bitter Suite: III. Embrace (07:46)
8. Smiling Swine (04:45)
9. Evicted (03:45)
10. Blood Of The Rose (03:49)
11. Red Hands (06:08)
12. Where The Road Parts (04:30)
13. Dear Ms. Leading (04:28)
14. Black Sandy Beaches (04:13)
15. Vital Vessel Vindicates (07:09)

Total Length: 01:17:04

The Death And The Berth is a nice intro, showcasing the bigger budget and scope of this album, it kind of sounds like the start of a movie. The Procession is pretty great. It has a fantastic chorus, and while some other songs on the album may outclass it this is still a good start for the album. The Lake And The River is a bigger song and it is fantastic for the whole run. I love all the instruments used and the arrangements. It’s so good that I don’t even mind the slightly hardcore influenced vocals in the slower part.

The Oracles On The Delphi Express is a ton of fun, I absolutely love the playful atmosphere on this track. The Church And The Dime is a bit more emotional, and once again I have to praise the arrangement. I love that little woodblock sound. The Bitter Suite begins with Meeting Ms. Leading, a very good first half of the song. Through The Dime is where the song really picks up, and the vocals here is one of my favorite moments on the album, it’s so amazing and again the arrangement makes it shine. Embrace is also great, but my least favorite bit of the suite. Still a fantastic song though.

Smiling Swine brings back some of the fun, the chorus is amazing and I love the guitars in this song so much. It gives me a bit of Queen vibe in fact. Evicted is also great, the chorus stands out in particular. Blood Of The Rose slows things down a bit, and the strings work wonders in presenting the atmosphere here. Fantastic little track. Red Hands is a brilliant little song, simply because the melodies get stuck in your head and I’ll find myself humming/singing them days later.

Where The Road Parts is sadly a bit forgettable, but still enjoyable to listen through. Dear Ms. Leading has an intro that is reminiscent of the battle theme of Chrono Cross, but then calms down a bit and is overall a very strong song. Black Sandy Beaches has some fantastic vocal moments that again get stuck in my head. Vital Vessel Vindicates is pretty great on its own, then it references the band’s first album and it hits amazing level. This is an amazing album that I can’t say enough words about it. There’s a low bit here or there, but the rest of the album surely makes up for it.

Final Rating: 9.5/10

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