After their three-year hiatus, The Dears
are back and worse than ever with their
fifth full-length album, Degeneration
Street. According to the Merriam-Webster
dictionary, degeneration means, “a lower-
ing of effective power, vitality, or essen-
tial quality to an enfeebled and worsened
kind of state,” and that’s what their album
sounds like. It’s as if they somehow went
backwards with their music. You might
think to yourself, “How can it get worse?”
But it does.
The album as a whole sounds the same,
and it’s too emotional for anyone to care.
Every song starts out with a slow tempo,
where suddenly the beat picks up, and lead
singer Murray Lightburn starts crooning
where his falsetto strikes again.
Under the same producer as Beck and Belle
& Sebastian, it’s still lacking substance.
It seems as though they’re just trying too
hard to sound like other bands when they
should really have their own voice.
If they record another album, I would
advise growing up a little and stop com-
plaining about your lives. Make music that
people care about and will want to listen to.