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

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