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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 Dears combine 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, a 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, they recorded 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, Vol. 1. The second volume arrived in July 2017. ~ Robert Kaups
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  1.   Song
  2.   1998
  3.   Blood
  4.   Ticket to Immortality
  5.   Omega Dog
  6.   Thrones
  7.   I Used To Pray for the Heavens To Fall
  8.   Disclaimer
  9.   Crisis 1 & 2
  10.   Lost in the Plot
  11.   The Second Part
  12.   Lamentations
  13.   Acoustic Guitar Phase
  14.   Demons
  15.   Fear Made the World Go 'Round
  16.   All the Hail Marys
  17.   We Can Have It
  18.   I Love You Times Infinity
  19.   Hate Then Love
  20.   No Hope Before Destruction
  21.   End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story
  22.   To Hold and Have
  23.   Autotomy
  24.   Partir, Par Terre
  25.   No Return
  26.   There Goes My Outfit
  27.   Heartless Romantic
  28.   You Can't Get Born Again
  29.   Money Babies
  30.   Hell Hath Frozen in Your Eyes
  31.   Degeneration Street
  32.   Lamentation
  33.   Heaven, Have Mercy on Us
  34.   Until Deathrow
  35.   Nothing in It for Me Nothing in It for You
  36.   Heathrow or Deathrow
  37.   End of Tour
  38.   Of Fisticuffs
  39.   Onward and Downward
  40.   Face of Horrors
  41.   Someday All This Will Be Yours
  42.   Here's to the Death of All the Romance
  43.   Tiny Man
  44.   Stick w/Me Kid
  45.   Dream Job
  46.   You and I Are a Gang of Losers
  47.   Bandwagoneers
  48.   Sinthtro
  49.   Postcard from Purgatory
  50.   22: The Death of All the Romance
  51.   Warm and Sunny Days
  52.   Pinned Together, Falling Apart
  53.   Who Are You, Defenders of the Universe?
  54.   There Is No Such Thing as Love
  55.   Where the World Begins and Ends
  56.   C'Était pour la Passion
  57.   Protest (Parallel)
  58.   Unsung
  59.   [Untitled Track]
  60.   Death or Life We Want You
  61.   Missiles
  62.   [Untitled Track]
  63.   [Untitled Track]
  64.   Find Our Way to Freedom
  65.   Easy Suffering
  66.   Galactic Tides
  67.   I'm Sorry That I Wished You Dead
  68.   Berlin Heart
  69.   Expect the Worst/'Cos She's a Tourist
  70.   Saviour
  71.   Ballad of Humankindness
  72.   This Is a Broadcast
  73.   Taking It to the Grave
  74.   I Fell Deep
  75.   No Cities Left
  76.   Raise the Dead
  77.   Lights Off
  78.   Summer of Protest
  79.   1854
  80.   Don't Lose the Faith
  81.   We Lost Everything
  82.   Whites Only Party
  83.   Yesteryear
  84.   Never Destroy Us
  85.   Guns or Knives
  86.   Torches
  87.   Meltdown in A Major
  88.   5 Chords
  89.   Times Infinity 1
  90.   Jazz Waltz No. 3 in B-Flat