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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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I heard a song on the radio by the Dears, and it sounded like Morrisey. So I bought this album. But this whole album is a bit of a snooze for me. Read morePublished on May 27, 2008 by Nuke
No Cities Left is the truth, so when I got "Gang Of Losers", i was still expecting it to be experimental and diverse. Well its not. Read morePublished on July 11, 2007 by Zachary J. Naughton
It's no wonder the British are so keen on The Dears. The lead singer sounds alot like Damon Albarn (of Blur). That's who I thought this was the first time I heard them. Read morePublished on December 20, 2006 by DW