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Former Straitjacket Fits rocker Shayne Carter reinvented himself in 2001 with his debut album under the Dimmer moniker. The moody, electronic beat-infused styles of I Believe You Are A Star won acclaim; The NZ Herald named it album of the year. An evolving line-up joined Carter across another three albums, which expanded Dimmer's dark, sinuous sound to include hints of soul and lashings of loud guitar. You've Got To Hear The Music was released in 2004, winning two NZ Music Awards. There My Dear followed in 2006, and Degrees Of Existence in 2009, which Graham Reid praised as a "keeper of depth and intensity".