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No Cities Left

The DearsAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 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 12, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spin Art
  • ASIN: B0006213RQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We Can Have It
2. Who Are You, Defenders Of The Universe
3. Lost In The Plot
4. The Second Part
5. Expect The Worst/'Cos She's A Tourist
6. Pinned Together, Falling Apart
7. Never Destroy Us
8. Warm And Sunny Days
9. 22: The Death Of All The Romance
10. Postcard From Purgatory
11. No Cities Left

Editorial Reviews


'No Cities Left’ is truly a stunning record. -- Chart Magazine

Best band at SxSW? Montreal's The Dears. -- Rolling Stone, April 2, 2004

Few bands were more potent than The Dears. -- Newsday

The Dears sound like Tindersticks, Belle & Sebastian and Blur at their most miserable, smoking Prozac... -- NME

Top Ten Artists to Watch - a breakthrough album has widescreen pop gems such as ‘Lost in the Plot.’ -- Rolling Stone, September 2004

the enigmatic Murray Lightburn sounding like Marvin Gaye fronting the Smiths...are probably the best new band in the world -- New Musis Express, October 2004

Product Description

US debut from these Montreal pop heroes whose previous releases and incinderary, yet fragile live shows have them poised to be the next band for the Smiths obsessed; for music fans who find comfort in defiant gloomy melodies. The CD, a min-concept album whose central theme is hope in the face of the horror of the world, contains eleven songs including the NME single of the week "We Can Have it." Quciktime video for "Lost in the Plot" also included.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you guys really listen to the music.... December 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
or do you just sit down with a notepad and no. 2 pencil and just look for other artists to compare to every time you get new music? Damn, I think this cd is pretty !@#$'in good to me!

Yes, I grew up listening to the Smiths and Blur and I love alot of Brit-pop. I think you can hear a 'lil bit 'o Morrissey in Murray's voice but I don't hear Damon Albarn. I can definately hear the differences and the music is not like either to me! The music is beautiful! There are all the normal instruments; guitar, bass, & drum as well as strings, synths, and the occasional horn. And there is a female and she spreads the love in her vocals. And I love how they play off each other vocally in a couple songs. As someone else mentioned, it DOES NOT have the wit of Morrissey or Mr. Albarn. But you know what, this is the Dears NOT Morrissey. He has a new album that is great as well, and if I want to listen to him then I'll pop that in. I hope these guys finally get some recognition and stop being compared to everyone else. I think if you are influenced by other great artists it will come through in your work somewhere. And I am SOOOOOOO glad that there is good music coming out of North America right now...Please support good bands like these and pull your heads out yo' *&$es trying to be cool...Beautiful and romantic music.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a terrific album! December 24, 2004
By Aaron
Format:Audio CD
Montreal's pop group The Dears are endlessly compared to Morrissey and Blur to the point it has become tiresome. Yes, at times, a hint of the Moz comes through lead singer Murray Lightburn's vocals. But that's it. This band sounds nothing like Blur or The Smiths. This is a great album filled with catchy melodies, great hooks, and a shimmering melancholy. It's a great listen from start to finish.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I remember thinking when I first heard "No Cities Left" by The Dears, how much the singer of the band sounded like Morrissey, why not admit it. But then I found moments in the album that reminded me of a thousand other things: David Bowie, Joy Division and even King Crimson... all of it, wrapped in a mantle that carries an unmistakeable flavor of French cabaret music with a raw feel, in the best style of the late Serge Gainsbourg.

Largely the result of the financial support of the Canada Music Fund, The Dears is the Montreal-based musical brainchild of multi-talented Murray Lightburn. Formed in 1995, "No Cities Left" constituted the band's second full length album. The album has an overall dark feel that carries a certain level of anguish in Lightburn's storytelling, typically aided by atmospheres driven by his guitar, along with changes in tempo in most songs and the overpowering presence of mellotron-like sounding strings that accompany the band's work through most of the album.

The Dears meld in so many influences that you can get almost tired of identifying them... plus it really doesn't do much to do so, since they have already carved their own special niche that will probably serve as a deep influence for generations of musicians to come. For now, enjoy "No Cities Left" and the band's scheduled August 2006 release, a song of which you can enjoy through their MySpace page. It is impossible to argue: with The Dears you are in for a very special musical treat.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morrisey.... I don't think so August 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
First let me say the album is extremely refreshing to listen to. It has a nice mixture of textured sounds; best listened to relaxing, driving or in the middle of your thoughts. I honestly think the Morrisey influence isn't really warrented (although they toured together). I find it more strikingly similiar to a mixture of David Bowie and Air. Anyway, I really enjoyed the album. Go in with an open mind and some time to let it grow on you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I first saw them at the Fillmore in San Francisco when they headlined for Keane. Never heard of the Dears at that point and quite frankly wasn't so excited about seeing them play. When they hit the stage, it was a sonic experience unlike any I've experienced before. The lead guitar was excellent! The vocals of both Lightburn and Yanchak were mesmerizing and worked especially well together (re: song "The Death of All the Romance"). The band really set the table for the main attraction, but it was fairly evident that the Dears would be a big name in their own right. The album didn't disappoint. At times, there are some sprinkles of Moz-esque moments, but the band by no means are the Smiths...they are only coincidentally derivative, but I guess it makes it easier for everyone if we group them with another band or dismiss them as copycats--
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highs, lows and in-betweens. April 6, 2005
By Pete
Format:Audio CD
If you're expecting an album with songs in the same vein as "we can have it" you'll be getting more than that from this album.

It's not the smiths or like anything else I've heard. I've got smiths albums, and I like them, but this music is darker. Sure the singer sounds a little like Morrisey but he also sounds a bit like bowie. It doesn't really matter, he's just got a good voice.

This album might be "Weird" to some or whatever but this is the album where "they got it right" if you ask me. I hadn't heard them before this album and I'm really happy with this buy.

Expect a traditional rock album but with different emotions. Some songs are orchestral rock clashings, that tragic sound, like in "22: the death of all romance". Others are more brooding and sad, like "we can have it" and "lost in the plot". Some are just good old fashioned rock, like "who are you defenders" and "no cities left" (which has awesome guitar through it!).

No, this is not a standard album, you might have to appreciate some originality from these guys. You'll not only get guitar and male singing, you'll get some female singing, and orchestral sounds too, plus more. If you can handle good music check em out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic of it's Time
An engrossing and bittersweet Opus of sophisticated pop arrangements and heartfelt songwriting. The entire album succeeds as a whole - like a great 60's French Romance - while... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ikaris
4.0 out of 5 stars Atypically concise
Among the influx of hipster rock bands flooding the marketplace, The Dears breakout NCL rose above a typical brooding angularity to offer this modestly diverse set of elegant... Read more
Published on March 31, 2009 by IRate
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but it does sound a lot like Blur...
I forgot that a friend had given me this album so I added it to my mp3 player and put it in the playlist. It's been playing with a mix of other bands on shuffle. Read more
Published on February 25, 2006 by librarygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as everyone says
The reason so many reviewers resort to comparing the music on this cd to the work of so many others is because influences are everywhere, and it's hard to discuss just what makes... Read more
Published on September 1, 2005 by Killer Pooh
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought I was crazy 'cause you told me so
The Dears "No Cities Left" is a haunting yet beautifully orchestrated album. It makes for a great listen when lying in bed in the dead of night, listening to the trees rustling... Read more
Published on July 3, 2005 by J. Leinbach
5.0 out of 5 stars "Dear is a Light that Never goes Out"
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There is one thing I'd like to make clear, despite the fact that practically most reviewers have said that Montreal's `The Dears' second album harks back... Read more
Published on June 21, 2005 by altmalta
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget The Tears, listen to The Dears
After hearing Lost in the Plot on a free compilation cd I was an immediate fan! Yes, Murray Lightburn has the voice of Damon Albarn and writes with the pen of Morrissey but... Read more
Published on May 12, 2005 by Ian D. Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny and then a few more
I admit to being a new fan of The Dears, but in all fairness to myslef, I am quite the fan. I had never heard of The Dears until seeing them when they opened for Keane up in... Read more
Published on April 7, 2005 by T. Reusch
2.0 out of 5 stars Sappy, pretentious and soft.
I was suckered in by the buzz from friends. I buy lots of records and can afford to chance getting burned once in a while.

This is farty and overblown. Read more
Published on April 4, 2005 by Larry from Brooklyn
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