Paper Bag Vintage is thrilled to be reissuing No Cities Left, the critically acclaimed sophomore album from Montreal "orchestral pop noir romantique" ensemble The Dears, on remastered vinyl for the first time since its original 2004 release on the format. The Dears have always survived and thrived by breaking apart and rebuilding. And it's with that spirit you should approach No Cities Left, the greatest and grandest work from a band for whom "epic" seems too a cheap descriptor, the ultimate culmination of their unhinged onstage catharsis and studio sophistication. Yes, it's a record about darkness, but only as a precursor to brilliant flashes of light (see: the rousing jangle-pop of "Don't Lose the Faith," the lush, string-swathed funk of "Never Destroy Us," the title track's defiant symphonic send-off). And as if to reinforce the album's central theme of hope in the face of horror, the record's coolly dramatic first single, "Lost in the Plot" became a staple on Canadian rock radio.