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The similarity is there, but ....,
This review is from: No Cities Left (Audio CD)
All I knew about The Dears in advance of buying this CD was that they owed a major debt to the Smiths. That combined with the fairly positive media hype around the band pushed me to take a chance and believe me, it was well worth it. No Cities Left is musically and lyrically indebted to Morrisey rather than The Smiths, with the vocals sometimes uncannily similar. Morrisey's vocal style and delivery are aped more than the lyrical side of the great man's canon, but this is by no means a bad thing. Musically, the songwriting and musicianship are strong the record washes over you in waves, rather than picking you up and carrying you. A definite grower, with oodles of emotion and enough interesting stuff going on in the mix to keep your attention. This album is a tribute to the Smiths rather than a Smiths tribute album.