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
    10
    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

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