I picked it up on vinyl a few weeks ago and I'm loving it. I think it's the best yet from M83. Admittedly I don't buy a ton of new music, but this is easily the best new album I've listened to this year.
11-22-11, 10:19 AM
Cool! Haven't listened to M83 in years. How does this compare to the sound of their older albums like Dead Cities, Before the Dawn, etc.
11-22-11, 10:59 AM
Admittedly, I've only been a casual fan and I haven't listened to the entire M83 catalog. This one is a lot better than Saturdays from 2008. To me, it sounds more like their older stuff and has the dreamy, hypnotic tendencies of Dead Cities, Red Seas. Maybe someone with a little better knowledge of M83 can give you a little more info though.
11-22-11, 04:15 PM
I still like his first two albums best, probably the second one most. This one is an improvement on the very uneven "Saturdays=Youth" (which had two killer tracks on it) but not quite up to the level of the first two, IMO.
He can generate some truly epic sounds and some tight pop songs. No one can make a synthesizer sound like it's going to explode more than him. On the other hand, the overwhelming (and very French) pretentiousness and pomposity of his music makes it a little hard for me to take some time. He loves obvious "Spielbergisms" like massive choruses of angels fading slowly into solitary little girl voices. It's like he's screaming "EMOTION" at you.