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The Dears

The Dears, a loose collective of Montreal-area musicians formed in 1995, are led by the charismatic Murray Lightburn. Citing Serge Gainsbourg as a major influence, the band combines cabaret-style vocals with a moody, intense brand of orchestral pop/rock. Lightburn's vision for the band is to create music out of real emotions, often giving his performances the feel of a musical therapy session. Given the level of intensity that this vision can require, it's not surprising that the Dears have endured numerous member defections, including a guitarist, drummer, and two bass players. The Dears released their debut CD, End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story, on Grenadine Records in 2000. In early 2001, the band entered the studio to record the follow-up, tentatively titled Deuxième Partie, and in 2004, the critically acclaimed full-length No Cities Left was released. Lightburn and longtime Dears keyboardist Natalia Yanchak were married the following year, and in 2006 the band released the stripped-down Gang of Losers. Missiles arrived in 2008, followed by the group's fifth studio album, the Polaris Music Prize-nominated Degeneration Street, in 2011. In 2013 Lightburn issued a solo LP, and in 2015 the Dears returned with the first installment of a two-part album called Times Infinity 1, with plans to release the second volume in 2016. ~ Robert Kaups
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  1.   Song
  2.   Blood
  3.   Omega Dog
  4.   Thrones
  5.   Ticket to Immortality
  6.   Disclaimer
  7.   Crisis 1 & 2
  8.   The Second Part
  9.   Lost in the Plot
  10.   Berlin Heart
  11.   Tiny Man
  12.   Postcard from Purgatory
  13.   Money Babies
  14.   Whites Only Party
  15.   Protest (Parallel)
  16.   I Fell Deep
  17.   There Goes My Outfit
  18.   Find Our Way to Freedom
  19.   Here's to the Death of All the Romance
  20.   Unsung
  21.   1854
  22.   Lights Off
  23.   C'Était pour la Passion
  24.   Death or Life We Want You
  25.   Autotomy
  26.   Stick w/Me Kid
  27.   No Hope Before Destruction
  28.   Heathrow or Deathrow
  29.   Lamentations
  30.   Torches
  31.   Saviour
  32.   Missiles
  33.   Demons
  34.   You and I Are a Gang of Losers
  35.   Fear Made the World Go 'Round
  36.   Hate Then Love
  37.   Summer of Protest
  38.   Heaven, Have Mercy on Us
  39.   22: The Death of All the Romance
  40.   Warm and Sunny Days
  41.   Pinned Together, Falling Apart
  42.   Who Are You, Defenders of the Universe?
  43.   End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story
  44.   Ballad of Humankindness
  45.   Galactic Tides
  46.   [Untitled Track]
  47.   Dream Job
  48.   Meltdown in A Major
  49.   No Return
  50.   Acoustic Guitar Phase
  51.   Sinthtro
  52.   Raise the Dead
  53.   We Can Have It
  54.   Yesteryear
  55.   Expect the Worst/'Cos She's a Tourist
  56.   Never Destroy Us
  57.   [Untitled Track]
  58.   Degeneration Street
  59.   No Cities Left
  60.   [Untitled Track]
  61.   Easy Suffering
  62.   5 Chords
  63.   Autonomy
  64.   Bandwagoneers
  65.   Lamentation
  66.   I Used to Pray for the Heavens to Fall
  67.   Everlasting
  68.   Open Arms