Times Infinity, Vol. 1

Album Review of Times Infinity, Vol. 1 by The Dears.

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Times Infinity, Vol. 1

The Dears

Times Infinity, Vol. 1 by The Dears

Release Date: Sep 25, 2015
Record label: Dangerbird Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock

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Times Infinity, Vol. 1 - Very Good, Based on 4 Critics

Under The Radar - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

With its last album, 2011's Degeneration Street, The Dears returned to its roots, at least lineup-wise. Past members Patrick Krief (guitars/vocals), Robert Benvie (guitars/keyboards/vocals), and Robert Arquilla (bass/vocals) returned to the fold after a period away from the band, and a new member, drummer Jeff Luciani, rounded out the group that had since its formation been anchored by married couple Murray A. Lightburn and Natalia Yanchak.

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AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

The much anticipated follow-up to 2011's excellent Degeneration Street, Times Infinity 1 is the first installment of a planned two-part collection of new music from the Montreal-based indie rock/post-rock unit led by Murray Lightburn and Natalia Yanchak. Written and recorded over a two-year span, the ten-track set feels both epic and intimate, hopeful and apocalyptic, which is to say it sounds like a classic Dears album. Opener "We Lost Everything" is an elliptical three-chord anti-anthem that rolls in like an unstable late-summer storm and leaves a trail of emotional carnage in its wake, but where earlier Dears outings would double down on the darkness, Times Infinity isn't set on dwelling only on life's myriad futilities.

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Exclaim - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

On Times Infinity Volume One, the Dears' songs vary in terms of depth and intricacy, but each is a fully realized narrative, layered with wild intricacy. Murray Lightburn's guitar lines bloom in measured expanses and unspool in frenzied bursts; Natalia Yanchak's fingers dance across the keys like stones skipping across a pond; lyrics burst with secret revelations and wry truths. Not every track is trying to shatter salt-lick hearts.

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PopMatters - 60
Based on rating 6/10
60

It’s a mystery why the Canadian alternative rockers the Dears haven’t received the same amount of acclaim as their countrymen Arcade Fire. After all, the Dears have released a string of albums every bit as strong as Arcade Fire, but they’ve never really been able to break through on a large scale. They perpetually bubble under the surface, releasing one great album after another, appreciated by their die-hard fans and critics but unknown to the general public.

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