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