michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — THE DEARS

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

THE DEARS

Degeneration Street

(Dangerbird)

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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