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F----- Up, "David Comes to Life" (Matador)
The Toronto sextet caps a prolific first decade (in which they released more than 50 singles, EPs, mixtapes and albums) with a four-part, 18-song, 78-minute rock opera. Guitars weave counterpoint melodies and build to anthemic peaks. The five-character narrative about love, death and redemption is equally ambitious, a landmark that transcends the band's hardcore-punk origins.
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