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