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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Dears classic
As with their previous albums this album rewards repeated listenings. Murray Lightburn himself ask his fans to listen to it four times to appreciate it and I found that about right. For me I was lucky enough that the fifth listen was to see them perform a lot of it live. If you're a Dears fan already then you won't be disappointed. The stand-out tracks for me are 'Lights...
Published on 21 Oct 2008 by Jon Turner

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2.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear(s)
The Dears were one of the few bands in the world that it was possible to be passionate about, but not any more. Missiles isn't a dreadful album, just very, very average. There are a few good tracks but even they don't rival most of the tracks from Gang of Losers & No Cities Left.

Where the Dears once sounded like expert songwriters, Missiles sounds unfinished,...
Published on 16 May 2009 by Baby Dave


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Dears classic, 21 Oct 2008
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Jon Turner (Bradford on Avon, UK) - See all my reviews
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As with their previous albums this album rewards repeated listenings. Murray Lightburn himself ask his fans to listen to it four times to appreciate it and I found that about right. For me I was lucky enough that the fifth listen was to see them perform a lot of it live. If you're a Dears fan already then you won't be disappointed. The stand-out tracks for me are 'Lights Off', 'Crisis 1 & 2' and 'Demons' but the others come pretty close, and overall it's as good an album as you're likely to hear. Another triumph for a truly great band!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hits The Target, 29 Jan 2009
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Gannon (Manchester, England) - See all my reviews
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`Missiles' is a more mature outing for Murray Lightburn and sole remaining Dear (and wife) Natalia Yanchak. Gone are the youthful distractions of noisy outros and keyboard noodlery as can be found on the debut No Cities Left, and instead, relaxing saxophone anecdotes (Disclaimer) and measured song building, breaking into clever release (Missiles).

Fans will be easily pleased; repeat listens reveal a subtle grower. New comers to the Dears are not really the intended market for the record, and so may take longer to love the smug couple, but should find plenty to enjoy nevertheless. Murray's vocals are soothing as ever, but don't quite live up to the former, Morrissey-level of lyrical dexterity with which comparisons were made. Awkward moments such as the high-school-like syntax ordering that allow tears that will not `quell' to be sung purely to achieve a rhyme, or the cringe-worthy mention of someone being `as cool as a cucumber' undo a little, but not much of the musically-sound, good work.

Murray does not appear egocentric, insisting on his input alone and as such, Yanchak's moment comes in `Crisis 1&2' where her vocals serve as welcome distraction. Murray allows the discreet guitar work and considered bass of the album to do a lot of the work for him, the rhythmic drumming in `Dream Job' also being pleasingly noteworthy, progressing the listen forward with each stroke.

This is a collection of refined indie rock tracks, which sit regally in the Canadian landscape from whence they sprung. Murray has hinted that this album might be the Dears' last, but he should rest easy knowing that if it is, it would not be with a whimper that he left us.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty excellent!, 12 Feb 2011
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Missiles is a great album. It is a more sombre and less immediately enjoyable album than Gang of Losers, but in time Missiles reveals itself to be a lovely album to really immerse yourself in.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear(s), 16 May 2009
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Baby Dave (Bradford, UK) - See all my reviews
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The Dears were one of the few bands in the world that it was possible to be passionate about, but not any more. Missiles isn't a dreadful album, just very, very average. There are a few good tracks but even they don't rival most of the tracks from Gang of Losers & No Cities Left.

Where the Dears once sounded like expert songwriters, Missiles sounds unfinished, lazy and unsure of itself. The style, humour, romanticism and defiant optimism of their best work is gone. A real shame. Miserable and repetitive.
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