February 23, 2005

The Dears "Protest EP"

The Dears, a long-running Canadian group who finally made their American splash last year with No Cities Left, return with Protest, a reissue of a shorter political concept record. In theory, political music should be moving, rousing songs that tell a story and inspire you to greatness. Well, that's the theory, at least. Protest is a monotonous, fashion-heavy record that's not very inspiring, due, in large part, to the fact that the songs are just downright boring. Instead of grand political statements, we get songs with dull lyrics that are too dull to repeat. Sure, "No Hope For Destruction" has some pretty moments, but such moments are largely forgettable due to the tedium of the rest of the record. If you're looking for an introduction to this otherwise excellent band, don't look here.

--Joseph Kyle

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