On the Dears' fourth album, the Montreal melancholics take simple melodies and spin them into seamless epics. When these epics stay succinct and focused, the result is superb (Money Babies, Berlin Heart, Crisis 1 & 2). When they don't, we get Saviour and Lights Off, which escalate into overwrought eight-to-11-minute opuses that include spoken word bits, guitar-solo wankery and children's choirs.
That said, my favourite moment on Missiles occurs during the aforementioned Lights Off, when head honcho Murray Lightburn repeats, "Leave the hat on the bed" over and over. Something about his phrasing and delivery resonate in an inexplicably profound way. Missiles is full of moments like this, and they make you return again and again, partly in search of why and, more simply, to bask in the stripped-down arrangements and emotive vocals of Lightburn and his wife, Natalia Yanhack, the only original members still in the Dears' fold.