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Gang of Losers

The DearsAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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The band formed in 1995 and released their first album, End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story, in 2000. Their orchestral, dark pop sound and dramatic live shows cemented The Dears at the foundation of the then-emerging Canadian indie renaissance.[1] In 2001 and 2002, they released the EPs Orchestral Pop Noir Romantique and Protest, respectively, as well as a collection of unreleased songs, Nor the ... Read more in Amazon's The Dears Store

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  • Audio CD (October 3, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arts & Crafts
  • ASIN: B000HCPSOE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,950 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Exclusive US release contains three bonus tracks, 'The Highest', 'Whites Only Party' and 'There Goes My Outfit' (Acoustic Version). 2006 release from this loose collective of Montreal-area musicians led by the charismatic Murray Lightburn, who combine cabaret-style vocals with moody, intense orchestral Pop/Rock. 12 tracks including the first single 'Ticket To Immortality'. Arts and Crafts Records.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Ten Albums of the Year October 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Since I heard The Dears were working on a new album I have been impatiently waiting to see how they could follow up 2004's masterwork No Cities Left. With the new and equally impressive Gang of Losers, this wonderful band from Canada do not recreate No Cities Left. Which is a great thing. The intro to Gang of Losers would lead us to believe we are in for a supersonic sounding album. How quickly things change with the first actual song, coincidentally the first single from this masterwork. I was surprised to discover a sound that is much rawer than The Dears previous efforts. Almost a grunge sound on a few songs. There are definitely echoes of The Smiths scattered about in little vignettes. When listening to this album pay special attention to the wonderful tracks Bandwagoneers, Ballad of Humankindness and You and I are a Gang of Losers. Murray Lightburn puts his emotially charged voice on display in his chant "Heaven knows that I'm a fake" on Bandwagoneers. Heaven may know Mr. Lightburn but those of us not to divinely gifted can't see anything fake going on here.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of 2006's Best! October 13, 2006
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After The Dears' 2004 masterpiece, "No Cities Left," many fans were left wondering if it could get any better. That album made The Dears into one of indie rock's biggest stars and one of Canada's most notable talents, so topping such a brilliant album would undoubtedly be a monumental task. Fortunately for the fans, The Dears have not let us down. "Gang of Losers" not only builds upon the fundamental sound of The Dears, but it also improves it.

The album begins with a somber, synth-driven, introduction (here known as "Synthro") which leads suddenly into "Ticket to Immortality," one of The Dears' finest songs to date. Murray Lightburn, the mastermind behind The Dears is in top form on this song, especially during the chorus, where he wails "I hang out with all the pariahs!" or at the coda where he declares "The world is really gonna love you!" And while these may not be the most poignant of lyrics, Lightburn presents them with such passion and honesty that it's hard not to enjoy every moment of the song.

The album then moves along rather nicely, with songs like "Hate Then Love" and "Bandwagoneers" standing out. The latter song begins rather simply, but then in typical Dears fashion, it explodes into an emotionally-charged coda where Lightburn exclaims "Heaven knows that I'm a fake! Heaven knows that we're all faking it!" Here, his enchanting voice breaks down and he shouts these lines with such animalistic sincerity that it's almost frightening, but undeniably moving. It is, by far, my favorite moment on the album.

"You and I are a Gang of Losers" is another fantastic song, and one of the most touching tracks on the album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Ten Albums of the Year October 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Since I heard The Dears were working on a new album I have been impatiently waiting to see how they could follow up 2004's masterwork No Cities Left. With the new and equally impressive Gang of Losers, this wonderful band from Canada do not recreate No Cities Left. Which is a great thing. The intro to Gang of Losers would lead us to believe we are in for a supersonic sounding album. How quickly things change with the first actual song, coincidentally the first single from this masterwork. I was surprised to discover a sound that is much rawer than The Dears previous efforts. Almost a grunge sound on a few songs. There are definitely echoes of The Smiths scattered about in little vignettes. When listening to this album pay special attention to the wonderful tracks Bandwagoneers, Ballad of Humankindness and You and I are a Gang of Losers. Murray Lightburn puts his emotially charged voice on display in his chant "Heaven knows that I'm a fake" on Bandwagoneers. Heaven may know Mr. Lightburn but those of us not to divinely gifted can't see anything fake going on here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of 2006: Picks up where "No Cities Left" stopped November 14, 2006
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I was exposed to The Dears late in 2005, well over a year after their release of their biggest and best work to date, "No Cities Left". That album was close to an epic that would prove to be tough to follow... and it was. But "Gang of Losers" does the trick: it picks up the band's sound right where "No Cities Left" stopped and it continues to tell stories in a way that only Murray Lightburn can deliver, with the sound of his unique voice leading the songs into their climaxes and his ingenious guitar running straight through the heart of each of the melodies.

While the theme of ostracization prevails throughout most of the album, it does not drag and turn into a redundant and painful tale of complaint and negativity. Lightburn and his crew are able to turn things around through a catchy tune here and there, ending up with a positive outlook as the album comes to a close with the epic "Find Our Way To Freedom". The result is a musical work that retains a certain timeless feel to it (musically), while it still is quite timely in its messaging, turning it without a doubt into one of the best albums to have been released in 2006.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant -- as usual March 15, 2010
By Mad Dog
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There isn't much to not like about a Dears album. Except that they all tend to sound the same. That isn't to say they're not all great, but there's no significant evolution -- at least none that I can hear -- from album to album. This isn't a bad thing but, considering the numerous changes in personel over the last ten years, it is rather odd.

Gang of Losers is no exception: some great songs, some okay songs. If you liked the other albums, you'll like this one -- probably just as much.

I loved it!
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