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The Dears - Lovers Rock: Album review

If you like your music dark and moody, the latest release by Montréal stalwarts The Dears, will fit right into your music collection.

Led by husband and wife Murray Lightburn and Natalia Yanchak, this is the group’s eighth studio album.

It starts off with the Muse-like ‘Heart of An Animal’ with dramatic guitars and almost military beat.

Lightburn wrote the second track ‘I Know What You’re Thinking and It’s Awful’ after seeing news headlines about a nationwide manhunt for two teenagers charged with murder.

He said: “I finished the song as news broke that two male bodies found were believed to be them. I am not at all saying the song is about this story, only that I was totally obsessed with the story as I wrote this song.”

The resulting track has a menacing undertone to what would otherwise be a ballad upon the first listen.

The Dears. Image provided by Sonic PR.
The Dears. Image provided by Sonic PR.

‘Is This What You Really Want?’ is another slower, guitar laden track, with its lyrics probing deeper into human nature.

There’s a feel of The Killers to the intro of the swooning, swerving, track ‘The Worst in Us’ with a dramatic piano break in the middle.

And ‘Stille Lost’ has a melancholy jazz feel with a surprise saxophone cameo from E Street Band’s Jake Clemons.

Lovers Rock is available digitally from Friday (May 15) via Dangerbird Records. The vinyl edition is out from August 21.

Reviewed by Zoe Myall

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