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Times In­fin­ity Vol­ume Two

Danger­bird Records

They have never been a par­tic­u­larly up­beat band, so when Mon­treal’s The Dears pro­claim their sev­enth al­bum to be among their dark­est to date, you have some idea of what’s in store. Even so, there is light amidst the shad­ows cast by Mur­ray Light­burn and Natalia Yan­chak’s band, heard in glim­mers on the play­ful, dra­matic in­die flour­ishes of 1998, the soft­ness of I Love You Times

In­fin­ity and the colour­ful, clut­tered buzz of Of Fis­ticuffs. Else­where, there is a de­li­cious sense of de­fi­ance and de­spair on the Ra­dio­head-es­que Noth­ing In It For Me, Noth­ing In It For You, while All the Hail Marys be­gins with som­bre or­gan be­fore erupt­ing into a mass of noise and zippy synths. Seven al­bums in, they’re still ca­pa­ble of sur­prises.

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