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No Cities Left

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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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'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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • 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: #419,309 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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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 to the heady Britpop days of '95, this is incorrect.

Yes, lead singer Murray Lightburn sounds like a cross between Morrissey and Damon Albarn, and the lyrics do have a strong Morriseyean element to them, but this is where the comparison ends.

`No Cities Left' is one of the most richly textured album I have heard this year. Flutes, jazzy saxophones, cellos and in some cases choirs all manifest themselves in this record. Nothing Britpop here - not even `Lost in the Pop, the most `British' sounding track on the album remotely resembles Blur or Supergrass.

`No Cities Left' is a MASTERPIECE. Yes, in block letters. From the minute I finished listening to first song `We can Have it', I knew that this album would have a special endearing quality to it and I was 100% right. Each and every song conveys a certain emotion and like I said before, since the music is very rich and multi-layered you will discover something new and wonderful. Despite the fact that `No Cities Left' is over an hour long and practically every song exceeds the five minute mark it still flows and never outstays its welcome. Lyric-wise the album is great too, almost to the point of sounding like poetry. The listener is rewarded in many ways!

What else can I say about this album? Its great, its a classic, it's a testament to a strong and emerging Canadian scene, it is a sign of how one can write epic songs and not bore the listener its... oh for Christ sakes just buy the damn thing - you wont regret it!
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