Thursday, July 20, 2006

The Dears - Hate Then Love

When Montreal's The Dears released their first 2 EPs I remember being really impressed and excited about them, but then somewhere along the way they lost me. It might have something to do with the fact that the only Dears album I ever actually bought happened to be Nor The Dahlias, their mediocre collection of b-sides and early recordings that was released mainly as a contractual obligation to Grenadine Records. I know they dabbled around on a major label after that but for some reason I never went out of my way to keep up with them.

Now they are back on a label that seems much more fitting: Arts & Crafts, home to such critically acclaimed Canadian bands as Broken Social Scene, Stars and The Most Serene Republic. This October The Dears will release Gang of Losers, and it is this album that has me hooked once again and could very well launch them to stardom (finally). Murray Lightburn is still the original black Morrissey in my mind (even if Bloc Party's Kele Okereke has now given him a run for his money) and there are a lot of gorgeous songs on this disc. Their brit-pop sound has not changed all that much, and although there are definitely more than a few Radiohead-isms present that is not necessarily a bad thing.

As the A&C write-up so eloquently states: "We need these songs: if only to counter the world’s indifference, and soothe the inner loser that thrives on all our worst fears." No, seriously.

» Bonus Track: Death Or Life We Want You
» Pre-order it on Amazon

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