I latched onto the Dears after their last album when they were caught up in the whirlwind of all the fun Canadian bands coming out (Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade, etc.). Their first album, Lost in the Plot had it's good moments but I definitely feel the sounds have been flushed out and are more precise this go round, all directed by singer Murray Lightburn. Still following in the sound steps of The Smiths and Joy Division, Lightburn's singing voice can be likened to that of Blur's Damon Albarn. Chegg out these solid mp3s for a taste.
Hate Then Love
You and I Are a Gang of Losers
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