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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.   Ticket to Immortality
  4.   Thrones
  5.   Omega Dog
  6.   Disclaimer
  7.   Crisis 1 & 2
  8.   The Second Part
  9.   Lost in the Plot
  10.   Acoustic Guitar Phase
  11.   Bandwagoneers
  12.   22: The Death of All the Romance
  13.   Tiny Man
  14.   Summer of Protest
  15.   [Untitled Track]
  16.   Never Destroy Us
  17.   Missiles
  18.   C'Était pour la Passion
  19.   Here's to the Death of All the Romance
  20.   Times Infinity 1
  21.   You Can't Get Born Again
  22.   Lamentations
  23.   Unsung
  24.   Lights Off
  25.   Money Babies
  26.   [Untitled Track]
  27.   I Fell Deep
  28.   Ballad of Humankindness
  29.   You and I Are a Gang of Losers
  30.   Sinthtro
  31.   There Goes My Outfit
  32.   Warm and Sunny Days
  33.   Pinned Together, Falling Apart
  34.   Expect the Worst/'Cos She's a Tourist
  35.   Who Are You, Defenders of the Universe?
  36.   We Can Have It
  37.   There Is No Such Thing as Love
  38.   End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story
  39.   Heartless Romantic
  40.   Where the World Begins and Ends
  41.   Jazz Waltz No. 3 in B-Flat
  42.   I Used to Pray for the Heavens to Fall
  43.   To Hold and Have
  44.   Lamentation
  45.   No Cities Left
  46.   We Lost Everything
  47.   Raise the Dead
  48.   Berlin Heart
  49.   Saviour
  50.   Heathrow or Deathrow
  51.   No Hope Before Destruction
  52.   Autotomy
  53.   Easy Suffering
  54.   Yesteryear
  55.   Degeneration Street
  56.   Death or Life We Want You
  57.   Someday All This Will Be Yours
  58.   1854
  59.   Postcard from Purgatory
  60.   Hate Then Love
  61.   Torches
  62.   No Return
  63.   Face of Horrors
  64.   Don't Lose the Faith
  65.   Onward and Downward
  66.   Galactic Tides
  67.   [Untitled Track]
  68.   5 Chords
  69.   This Is a Broadcast
  70.   Fear Made the World Go 'Round
  71.   Protest (Parallel)