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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.   Lost in the Plot
  9.   The Second Part
  10.   Acoustic Guitar Phase
  11.   Degeneration Street
  12.   Sinthtro
  13.   To Hold and Have
  14.   Yesteryear
  15.   C'Était pour la Passion
  16.   We Can Have It
  17.   Heathrow or Deathrow
  18.   You Can't Get Born Again
  19.   Postcard from Purgatory
  20.   Death or Life We Want You
  21.   Summer of Protest
  22.   No Hope Before Destruction
  23.   Galactic Tides
  24.   Whites Only Party
  25.   Where the World Begins and Ends
  26.   Easy Suffering
  27.   You and I Are a Gang of Losers
  28.   Dream Job
  29.   No Return
  30.   Here's to the Death of All the Romance
  31.   I Used to Pray for the Heavens to Fall
  32.   Lamentations
  33.   5 Chords
  34.   1854
  35.   Saviour
  36.   Meltdown in A Major
  37.   Lights Off
  38.   [Untitled Track]
  39.   Find Our Way to Freedom
  40.   There Goes My Outfit
  41.   22: The Death of All the Romance
  42.   Warm and Sunny Days
  43.   Pinned Together, Falling Apart
  44.   Expect the Worst/'Cos She's a Tourist
  45.   Who Are You, Defenders of the Universe?
  46.   End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story
  47.   Heaven, Have Mercy on Us
  48.   [Untitled Track]
  49.   No Cities Left
  50.   Money Babies
  51.   We Lost Everything
  52.   Torches
  53.   Protest (Parallel)
  54.   Berlin Heart
  55.   [Untitled Track]
  56.   Times Infinity 1
  57.   Autonomy
  58.   Don't Lose the Faith
  59.   Onward and Downward
  60.   Lamentation
  61.   Never Destroy Us
  62.   Tiny Man
  63.   Raise the Dead
  64.   Fear Made the World Go 'Round
  65.   Stick w/Me Kid
  66.   Demons
  67.   There Is No Such Thing as Love
  68.   Unsung
  69.   Partir, Par Terre
  70.   Autotomy
  71.   Ballad of Humankindness