I recently became aware of the band and collected their albums, and saw them live in Arizona on December 30 (great show-even with two opening acts they played for two and a half hours), and stylistically, they go all over the map.
It’s not folk….it’s not pop….it’s not a traditional rock album, but a collection of alternative ballads that, for the first time in the band’s history, is NOT a concept album.
Other bands put out a concept album after they have become established, but The Dear Hunter came out of the gate with four in a row, including the three-disc The Color Spectrum.
So why come out with an album relying on lush string arrangements and melancholy piano, underplayed harmonies wrapped together by rapid drum beats and overflowing with sweeping choruses, with no set theme or storyline?
Does it matter when the result is as rich an album as Migrant?
The lyrics complement the instrumental fullness quite nicely, and the album fits quite nicely into the band’s catalog.
SHOUTING AT THE RAIN
THE KISS OF LIFE