The Dear Hunter, 'The Color Spectrum' (Triple Crown Records)
Concept albums reached critical mass in 2011 with the release of Casey Crescenzo's epic series of nine four-song EPs, each inspired by a different color in the visible spectrum. Entries like "Black" and "Blue" may seem musically obvious, but how do you write a song in "Indigo" or "Violet"? Crescenzo constantly displays his far-reaching talent and creativity, playing with a variety of genres to find the right fit. The result is collection of music that's equally massive and impressive.—Jason Adams, Managing Producer, Metromix D.C.