"Nor The Dahlias: The Dears 1995 - 1998" CD
Genres: indie rock, indie pop
PO Box 42050 - Montreal, QC, Canada - H2W 2T3
April 27 - May 4 2002
|Man, I love the Dears. This, the newest release
from the Montreal four-piece, is a collection of songs from the 1995 to 1998 period of
their existence. I don't even have to hesitate to say that this is an excellent
album. However, those looking for more of the pop noir that the band
introduced us to on "End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story" may be
disappointed. Fortunately, their disappointment won't last for long. In
fact, it will only last until they realize that this, although different, is still one
heck of an album.
In their earlier years, the Dears made some really catchy pop
music. Even under the limitations of lo-fi recording equipment, they still manage to
rock through each one of these ten songs. "Nine Eight Two," for example,
is an amazing track. Combining delicious riffs with a to-die-for melody, the Dears
have crafted the song perfectly. Meanwhile, "Can't Remember Anything
Else" succeeds as a mellower song, kind of sounding like a less electronic Spiritualized
Altogether, this is a superb collection of music from the Dears' early years.
Combining rockers like "Everlasting" and the infectious "Mute Button"
with gentler material like "The Way the World Treats You" and "Can't
Remember Anything Else," this album is a great choice for any indie rock fan.
If you don't already know about the Dears, now's the time to learn.