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Degeneration Street by The Dears
Released: Feb 2011
Label: Dangerbird Records
This veteran indie rock band has long earned goodwill for its fiery concert performances but has underperformed in the studio. The Dears get it together on Degeneration Street by managing to keep their intense, urgent sound intact while upping the melodic strength of each track. They triumph by stretching out their sound with a wall-to-wall set of strong tunes, from the soulful "Omega Dog" to the Americana "Easy Suffering" and the proggy "Galactic Tides." Does this mean that frontman Murray Lightburn is no longer a lovable outsider?
Nick Dedina

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