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

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