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