Already a fairly well-known act, The Dears achieved the ultimate ambitions of frontman Murray Lightburn by being asked by Morrissey to become his support act. Whether it was the influence of the former Smiths mouthpiece or not, The Dears' third album largely dispenses with its predecessor's tendency towards the orchestral and overblown, instead opting for a far rockier approach that is tailor-made for the live environment.
Sometimes the muddier production undermines the good work from the band but 'Death Or Love We Want You' benefits from some aggressive riffing, whilst 'Ballad Of Humankindness' offers ringing guitar chimes and fleshy percussion. Morrissey's intonations are all over the impressive 'There Goes My Outfit' and the impassioned 'Bandwagoneers' is another song he would be proud of. However, 'You And I Are A Gang Of Lovers' tries a similar trick of adding backing vocals and tonnes of emotion but its tune is barely memorable; a failing apparent on several other songs too. So there we have it, another album of great and so-so numbers. Sound familiar?