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  • Summary: The French electronica outfit (now down to a single member, Anthony Gonzalez) return with a follow-up to their much-loved 2003 breakthrough, 'Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts.'
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  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. 90
    Grandiose, overwhelming, pretentious and absurd, Before The Dawn Heals Us is one of the first great albums of 2005. [Feb 2005, p.79]
  3. This is a mammoth collusion of synth gasps and distorted swirls, darker and more urban than its meadow-bound predecessor.
  4. M83 has written and recorded a kind of secular Mass, dull at times and transcendent at others, but overall a stunning example of how to turn sound into ceremony.
  5. 70
    The tracks... feel more like loose, languid, quiet-loud sketches and fine textures than actual songs. [Jan/Feb 2005, p.96]
  6. Admittedly, there are some notable missteps, but nothing as to suggest irrevocable damage to the album's sheen.
  7. Although M83's ambitions are often great, there is a problem here: Before The Dawn often drags its feet. [Mar 2005, p.138]

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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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