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2. Dream Job
3. Money Babies
4. Berlin Heart
5. Lights Off
6. Crisis 1&2
9. Meltdown in A Major
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 30023
Adrian Popovich; Joseph Donovan; Jace Lasek; Drew Malamud; Adrian Popovich; Joseph Donovan; Daniel Lagace; Jace Lasek; Drew Malamud; Bob Ludwig
The Dears: George Donoso III (drums, hand claps).
Personnel: Murray Lightburn (guitar, organ, Mellotron, omnichord, keyboards, synthesizer, midi, bass guitar, maracas); Robert Benvie (guitar, keyboards, tambourine, tom tom); Patrick Krief (guitar, keyboards); Adrian Popovich, Patrick Krief, Robert Bonnie (guitar); Markia Anthony Shaw, Jade McNelis (violin); William Lightburn (saxophone); Matt Watkins, Evan Cranley, Chris Seligman (brass); Natalia Yanchak (piano, Clavinet, synthesizer); Roberto Arquilla (bass guitar); Aaron Seligman, Brian Cockburn Smith, Jason Thomas (hand claps).
Additional personnel: Every Kid Choir.
Audio Mixers: Roberto Arquilla; Murray Lightburn.
Recording information: Breakglass; Mountain City; Studio Plateau.
With this album, Murray Lightburn continues to move away from the sparer Brit-pop that dominated his band's earliest work, emphasizing the grandeur and bombast that was always lurking in the background. On opener "Disclaimer," Lightburn calls out to "the Son of God," and from there he tackles capitalism ("Money Babies") and war ("Missiles"). The general feeling of unrest and upheaval is unsurprising considering that the actual recording of MISSLES was plagued by turmoil and a rejiggering of the lineup. In fact, Lightburn initially planned it as a solo record, and his emphatic, Morrissey-ish croon is still the main draw. MISSILES remains, indisputably, a Dears record, and its bigness of sound will especially please fans who were happy with where the band went on 2006's GANG OF LOSERS.
Alternative Press (p.138) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The Dears remain best when Lightburn and founding keyboardist Natalia Yanchak surround his keening vocals with epic constructions, as on the gorgeous, saxophone-assisted opener 'Disclaimer'..."
Magnet (p.103) - "On tracks such as the Roxy Music-like 'Disclaimer,' the gospel-tinged 'Saviour' and the the title track, Lightburn spits out his rawest, nerviest work to date."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Dears' linchpin Murray Lightburn continues to enthral...his heartfelt, inventive arrangements testament to many questing hours in the studio."
Blender (Magazine) (p.77) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The languid dream sound is heavy on guitar fuzz, gauzy horn charts, plinky piano, somber organ..."
Clash (magazine) (p.85) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he title track exemplifies the overall sound -- sweet, unembellished notes working themselves up into an emotional and aural crescendo."
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