No Cities Left - The Dears
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  • Summary: They might sound Britpop (and at the very least, a bit like The Smiths), but this collective led by Murray Lightburn hails from Montreal, Canada. This is their second album and first U.S. release.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 91
    There isn't a tune on No Cities Left, the Dears' gorgeous second album, that's not pitched at a minor state of emergency. [Jan 2005, p.99]
  2. 90
    A drizzly doomsday masterpiece. [Nov 2004, p.108]
  3. 86
    An astoundingly complex, deeply evocative pop record. [#13, p.98]
  4. There’s a bit too much flab on No Cities Left for it to be the truly great album it aspires to be.
  5. No Cities Left is a very good album, just not quite the timeless classic some would lead you to believe.
  6. There's a strange, almost perfectly equatorial divide between five largely stunning songs, and six that might shine brighter in lesser company. As arranged, it's jarringly half-brilliant and half-blah.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mar 29, 2011
    This is what got me into the expansive and constantly-impressive realm of Canadian indie rock, and I can't think of anything better to start such an intrepid appreciation. Gold Star Murray Lightburn. Expand
  2. Hein
    Apr 30, 2006
    Briljant album full of passion.
  3. TomJ
    Jun 29, 2006
  4. danielh
    Dec 25, 2004
    lost in the plot alone is worth the admission. the best single the smiths never recorded
  5. StephenC
    Jan 31, 2005
    'No Cities Left' is an album for the old romantic. Its not the most pleasing to the ear at first but once listend to there is a hidden beauty that need to be nurtured by the ear drum. But once its in there it sticks and the great lyrics are evident. 'Lost in The Plot' is the finest moment on the album and strangely enough seems to be an odd track, but ia all works and will be (I FEEL) a lost classic album. Brilliant! Expand
  6. iwantobeahorse
    Jan 14, 2005
    A rewarding album
  7. Cate
    Oct 29, 2004
    Takes a few listens, but develops into an overall good album

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