michael gallucci


In album review on 01/25/2011 at 9:56 am


Degeneration Street


For years, the Dears frontman Murray Lightburn has been hounded for sounding like Morrissey. But on the Montreal band’s fifth album, they find inspiration in another gloomy-glam British rocker: David Bowie. Degeneration Street is the Dears’ biggest-sounding album – orchestral flourishes race through the grooves as Lightburn smolders alongside them. The songs never get too ambitious – at their core, the Dears are still an indie-rock band with a thing for ’80s music. But their scope seems more focused here, even as they navigate among whooshing synths (“Omega Dog”), plowing alt-rock (“Blood”), and theatrical post-punk (“Thrones”).


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