Anyone who knows me knows that I am a giant The Dear Hunter fan. And should start that if you haven’t heard of them, go check them out. If you have heard of them, hear of them more.
Act V is the finale in the 5 act story about the boy. And those who have listened from Acts I to now should know the story well. If you don’t, or just want to catch up without listening(bad move) here is a broken down synopsis of the Acts up until Act IV.
All of the acts have had their ‘meh’ songs. I can safely say Act V has no such song. The whole album from front to back is actually the best thing I have ever heard. Each song is beautiful in it’s own way, and the next song more beautiful than the last.
Lyrically Casey Crescenzo has always been a mastermind, and he’s somehow found a way to top himself with this album. With lyrics such as “I’d bare you my heart if I knew it was still there” “I keep looking for a quicker fix, but I’m afraid to find out what it is.” and “I’m a killer, I’m a killer, I’m a killer. But I’ve been killing myself all along”. Overall, the album has a very dark theme, and it’s amazing.
Instrumentally, the album has it’s own feel. One of the worries of fans was that because Act IV and Act V were recorded at the same time, that they’d sound too similar. That is so not the case, and this Act has a much more theatrical feel. Casey has stepped up his game and made this feel like it was a play for once. Not to mention Act V has some of the best orchestrations of all of the albums, each melody is so amazingly beautiful.
By far the most stand out song is The Have Have Naughts. It features a duet with Gavin Castleton(now a member of the Dear Hunter) and is so incredibly well done, it actually brought tears to my eyes. Lyrically and musically it is the best song on the album in my opinion, however every other song is a close second.
This is an album I can see myself listening to un-shuffled and uninterrupted for months to come, and I really look forward to seeing them live at the Union Transfer on September 30th. This is an album I can never see myself shuffling with other songs even from the Dear Hunter, and an album I can never see myself getting tired of.
Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional comes out Friday September 9th, available on all major streaming services and wherever you can buy music.