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End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story (2001) , 5/10
No Cities Left (2004), 6.5/10
Gangs Of Losers (2006), 5/10
Missiles (2008), 5/10
Degeneration Street (2011), 4/10

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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