“In 1984, the world still waited for ringmaster Tom Scholz to finish Boston’s third record. During All Those Years, Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau recorded a solo LP with other limbo members and hooked up with vocalist Fran Cosmo. Choosing not to wait any longer for Scholz, Goudreau brought bassist Bruce Smith and Heart beat-man Michael DeRosier on board for the one-off Orion the Hunter” (Stone).
“Naturally, this debut doesn’t stack up to the perfect Boston, but Fast Talk, Dreamin’," and I Call It Love are good, professional rock tunes. Maybe too professional, as they come off a bit cold” (Stone).
“Too Much in Love is excellent, actually based around keys rather than falling victim” (Stone).
“So You Ran made the radio, a testament to the enduring popularity and influence of AOR kings Boston, as this song would never cross the airwaves in this day and age. Cosmo brings a fresh voice to standard proceedings and Boston virtuoso vox-man Brad Delp is not listed as a member, but holds a strong presence over Orion the Hunter” (Stone).
“Like too many ‘80s releases, Orion the Hunter is badly dated, though Razor & Tie cleaned up the CD reissue nicely (unfortunately losing the a cappella opening of So You Ran on the preceding cut)” (Stone). “But honestly, even though Orion the Hunter holds some personal nostalgia, too many albums deserve more attention” (Stone).