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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.   The Second Part
  9.   Lost in the Plot
  10.   22: The Death of All the Romance
  11.   Heartless Romantic
  12.   Torches
  13.   Bandwagoneers
  14.   Postcard from Purgatory
  15.   Don't Lose the Faith
  16.   Hell Hath Frozen in Your Eyes
  17.   There Goes My Outfit
  18.   Sinthtro
  19.   To Hold and Have
  20.   You Can't Get Born Again
  21.   Autonomy
  22.   Yesteryear
  23.   Money Babies
  24.   We Lost Everything
  25.   5 Chords
  26.   C'Était pour la Passion
  27.   Times Infinity 1
  28.   Tiny Man
  29.   Missiles
  30.   Hate Then Love
  31.   This Is a Broadcast
  32.   Acoustic Guitar Phase
  33.   Stick w/Me Kid
  34.   Jazz Waltz No. 3 in B-Flat
  35.   Someday All This Will Be Yours
  36.   Lamentations
  37.   Meltdown in A Major
  38.   Lights Off
  39.   I Fell Deep
  40.   Ballad of Humankindness
  41.   You and I Are a Gang of Losers
  42.   Fear Made the World Go 'Round
  43.   Death or Life We Want You
  44.   Summer of Protest
  45.   No Cities Left
  46.   Warm and Sunny Days
  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.   End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story
  52.   Demons
  53.   Dream Job
  54.   Heathrow or Deathrow
  55.   Onward and Downward
  56.   Easy Suffering
  57.   There Is No Such Thing as Love
  58.   Raise the Dead
  59.   Face of Horrors
  60.   [Untitled Track]
  61.   Find Our Way to Freedom
  62.   No Return
  63.   No Hope Before Destruction
  64.   Heaven, Have Mercy on Us
  65.   We Can Have It
  66.   Galactic Tides
  67.   Degeneration Street
  68.   Whites Only Party
  69.   [Untitled Track]
  70.   1854
  71.   Autotomy