The Dears are a Montreal-based pop group fronted by sentimental crooner
Murray Lightburn, whose style was best summarized by the title of the
EP Orchestral Pop Noir Romantique (2001).
End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story (2001) sounded like the most moronic
of Brit-pop, despite a few pleasant tunes.
Arranged with strings and horns,
No Cities Left (Spin Art, 2004) introduced a different psychological
dimension with the lengthy psychodramas of
Expect The Worst 'Cos She's A Tourist and
Postcard From Purgatory, while enhancing the estranging elegance of
their orchestral lounge-y pop-jazz.
By their velvety standards, the much less extravagant
Gangs Of Losers (Arts And Crafts, 2006)
was an album of garage-rock, with some catchy tunes
(Ticket to Immortality, Hate Then Love) but no major concept.
Missiles (2008), with the Dears pared down to the duo of Murray Lightburn
and Natalia Yanchak, lacked good material, relying only on
Money Babies (and perhaps Lights Off) for entertainment, and
wasting opportunities in the
meandering and uninspired Lights Off and Saviour.
Inevitably, the Dears ended up playing mellow bland pop on
Degeneration Street (2011).
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