• Band Name: M83
  • Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Jan 25, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 91
    Part romantic, starry-eyed shoegaze pop and part paranoid explosions of sound. [#14, p.96]
  2. [A] sublime soundtrack to dancing in the moonlight. [21 Jan 2005, p.88]
  3. The inclusion of organic instruments really takes M83's keyboard-based material to the next level. [#8, p.107]
  4. 90
    Grandiose, overwhelming, pretentious and absurd, Before The Dawn Heals Us is one of the first great albums of 2005. [Feb 2005, p.79]
  5. Full of so many moments of exhilarating joy and equally exhilarating sorrow.
  6. Gonzalez bathes us in a sound so big and enveloping that it’s impossible not to bask in its powerful, optimistic glow.
  7. This is a mammoth collusion of synth gasps and distorted swirls, darker and more urban than its meadow-bound predecessor.
  8. M83’s latest, given careful attention, is a rather impressive and blissful experience.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Oct 16, 2013
    best album everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
  2. Nov 6, 2010
    Take 'Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts', and move the band into a big city. What do you get? 'Before the Dawn Heals Us'! This album as a whole, doesn't have the sonic scope or feeling that their earlier releases do, but there are some gems here. The production shimmers like city lights, and everything is a lot more polished this time round. But not in a good way. The tracks are verging on cheesy here, but they get away with it.

    Personal Highlights. Moonchild, In the Cold I'm Standing, I guess I'm Floating, Asterik, Car Chase Terror
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