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  • Summary: The Canadian indie pop outfit return with a melodic and mood-driven new album, their fifth release of eclectic, dreamy rock.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. 91
    The Dears were churning out sweeping, blustery epics long before "dramatic indie rock from Canada" was its own subgenre, and Degeneration Street, the band's fifth album sees them perfecting the template.
  2. Mar 14, 2011
    90
    Few albums this year will match up to the level of proficiency and commitment here and yet it remains a distinct probability that the world still won't listen. An album that will shadow most others.
  3. Apr 15, 2011
    80
    Fifth, and best, album from Montreal's big dreamers. [Apr. 2011, p. 94]
  4. Feb 11, 2011
    70
    Lightburn's amoebic tenor is still the main attraction: soul crooner one minute, punk shouter the next, he's a prime candidate for rock's next Broadway musical.
  5. Feb 16, 2011
    63
    Degeneration Street is a bit of a tease, a solid alternative-rock album with some exciting sounds that afford only a peek into the Dears' potential.
  6. 60
    Ultimately, though, its success still falls on Lightburn's shoulders, a vocalist who's always straddled the line between impassioned and overwrought.
  7. Feb 15, 2011
    24
    With inchoate, banal lyrics and blustering tunes that go for it all, all the time, Degeneration Street sounds like the product of too much euphoria. Definitely catch the Dears on the comedown, if at all.

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  1. Feb 24, 2011
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. An excelent album, no more words. what else can i say....oh yes.. just a question; what kind of persons work in Pitchfork?, o better say "PItchFUCK", they have their tastes in their backs; is terrible that persons like these work writing something that they call a review. Expand