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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.   No Cities Left
  11.   Lights Off
  12.   Raise the Dead
  13.   Missiles
  14.   End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story
  15.   Stick w/Me Kid
  16.   22: The Death of All the Romance
  17.   Protest (Parallel)
  18.   Yesteryear
  19.   Tiny Man
  20.   Galactic Tides
  21.   5 Chords
  22.   Find Our Way to Freedom
  23.   Sinthtro
  24.   Acoustic Guitar Phase
  25.   I Used to Pray for the Heavens to Fall
  26.   Lamentations
  27.   Unsung
  28.   Demons
  29.   Berlin Heart
  30.   Money Babies
  31.   [Untitled Track]