The Color Spectrum - The Dear Hunter

Universal acclaim - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. What's fascinating about The Color Spectrum (and easily comparable to a contemporary like The Alchemy Index) is how expansive the quality of the records are in their execution.
  2. Feb 1, 2012
    One of 2011's premier releases in alternative rock.
  3. Sep 15, 2011
    While it's unclear whether The Dear Hunter will finish the final three acts of its previous story, it serves us all well that a break was taken in the form of The Color Spectrum, an album that has set the bar this year for thoughtful, experimental music.
  4. 80
    Even though the delineation among colors at times seems a bit arbitrary and difficult to differentiate, The Color Spectrum stands up surprisingly well as a companion disc. [Jul 2011, p.111]
  5. Jun 14, 2011
    Despite being from different albums, the songs all work together remarkably well, giving the album the kind of natural flow that one expects from an album, never giving away the fact that the songs are all from different EPs.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jul 11, 2011
    This album is an absolute triumph. I was a tad apprehensive at first, expecting their departure from the overarching story lines and themes of their previous albums to be as scattered and shoddy as Casey's pre-Act 1 demo (Dear Ms. Leading), but I was far more than pleasantly surprised. Each song seems to me a small dose of audio-visual synesthesia, in that I can literally visualize the colors being played and sung by the Casey and his not-so-sunshine...y-band . Staying true to form, the album is a little on the over-dramatic side; but any playful, albeit hardcore, whimsy is off-set and more than made up for by the sheer brilliance of the musical, lyrical, and orchestral arrangements laid before and behind it. I cannot recommend this album to those people who have yet to stumble upon the Dear Hunter, for it would be a very bad idea to jump in here. The band has grown a lot since Casey started it as a side project while he was still an integral member of REOS, and witnessing the culmination of that metamorphosis and growth adds to the magical quality of this album. On it's own, this album is a work of immense talent and time; but contextualized properly, it is a revelation. Start from the beginning, but be not afraid of this epic album. Hopefully, the best is yet to come. Full Review »
  2. Jun 24, 2011
    Unquestionably the album of the year. So much variety and so much talent on display here. My personal favorite is the Violet EP, a threatical masterpiece. Some songs are weaker than others, but overall I can't call this anything less than a classic, really. Full Review »
  3. Aug 21, 2012
    Outstanding album. At 144 minutes, the album may initially be daunting, but nearly any music fan can appreciate at least some of the various different genres explored on each of the EPs. Given my sensibilities, I tend to be partial to Black, Red, Orange, and the heavier side of the album (particularly Filth and Squalor, just a killer track), but Misplaced Devotion, on the lighter 'yellow' EP, might be the best song that the Dear Hunter have written. Full Review »