- Audio CD (April 15 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Enhanced
- Label: Universal Music Canada
- ASIN: B00008Y4DQ
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,848 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
No Cities Left Enhanced
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A. Borodin ~ No Cities Left
Sombre, tourmenté et sans compromis, No Cities Left, quatrième album de la formation anglo-montréalaise The Dears, marque, sinon un tournant, du moins un aboutissement dans lexigeante démarche de Murray A. Lightburn et de ses acolytes. Sans doute lun des plus britanniques des groupes canadiens, The Dears, que lon a souvent comparés à The Smiths, parviennent ici comme jamais auparavant à digérer leurs innombrables influences pour créer une œuvre totalement originale.
Moins facile daccès que End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story et Orchestral Pop Noir Romantique, No Cities Left est aussi lalbum le plus maîtrisé du groupe. La voix caverneuse de lauteur-compositeur-réalisateur Lightburn est soutenue par force claviers, guitares et cuivres et par des arrangements savamment travaillés qui servent bien sa plume intime et noire. Le groupe affirme ici pleinement son style : une pop-rock à la fois sophistiquée et brute, puissante et romantique, violente et tendre. --Pascale Millot
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Largely the result of the financial support of the Canada Music Fund, The Dears is the Montreal-based musical brainchild of multi-talented Murray Lightburn. Formed in 1995, "No Cities Left" constituted the band's second full length album. The album has an overall dark feel that carries a certain level of anguish in Lightburn's storytelling, typically aided by atmospheres driven by his guitar, along with changes in tempo in most songs and the overpowering presence of mellotron-like sounding strings that accompany the band's work through most of the album.
The Dears meld in so many influences that you can get almost tired of identifying them... plus it really doesn't do much to do so, since they have already carved their own special niche that will probably serve as a deep influence for generations of musicians to come. For now, enjoy "No Cities Left" and the band's scheduled August 2006 release, a song of which you can enjoy through their MySpace page. It is impossible to argue: with The Dears you are in for a very special musical treat.
After you've heard this cd a few times, the connections between all the above will seem so obvious you'll wonder why you hadn't seen them already. You'll find yourself, after so many years of music reaching deeply into your heart, finally understanding at least partially why it has and who you are.
At least I did.
If you're like me, you'll realize quickly that the music on this cd will stay with you your entire life. It will become, like Disintegration or The Burning World, personally historic. And if nothing on this cd is quite as wrenching as God Damn the Sun or Atmosphere, Postcard from Purgatory does at least come awfully close.
There is one thing I'd like to make clear, despite the fact that practically most reviewers have said that Montreal's `The Dears' second album harks back to the heady Britpop days of '95, this is incorrect.
Yes, lead singer Murray Lightburn sounds like a cross between Morrissey and Damon Albarn, and the lyrics do have a strong Morriseyean element to them, but this is where the comparison ends.
`No Cities Left' is one of the most richly textured album I have heard this year. Flutes, jazzy saxophones, cellos and in some cases choirs all manifest themselves in this record. Nothing Britpop here - not even `Lost in the Pop, the most `British' sounding track on the album remotely resembles Blur or Supergrass.
`No Cities Left' is a MASTERPIECE. Yes, in block letters. From the minute I finished listening to first song `We can Have it', I knew that this album would have a special endearing quality to it and I was 100% right. Each and every song conveys a certain emotion and like I said before, since the music is very rich and multi-layered you will discover something new and wonderful. Despite the fact that `No Cities Left' is over an hour long and practically every song exceeds the five minute mark it still flows and never outstays its welcome. Lyric-wise the album is great too, almost to the point of sounding like poetry. The listener is rewarded in many ways!
What else can I say about this album? Its great, its a classic, it's a testament to a strong and emerging Canadian scene, it is a sign of how one can write epic songs and not bore the listener its... oh for Christ sakes just buy the damn thing - you wont regret it!