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  • Summary: The second release from French electronica duo M83 takes shoegaze classics such as 'Loveless' as an inspiration, with synths taking the place of guitars.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 92
    There's an organic component that coexists along with the machines, giving them a warmth few acts have been able to unearth. [#11, p.93]
  2. Simply put, this album sounds absolutely huge, its relentless attention to detail eclipsed only by the stunning emotional power it conveys.
  3. M83 is a keyboard band of the best kind: one with nuance, tone, thrash, and color.
  4. The whole much greater than its parts, Dead Cities is creation imbued and then muted again.
  5. As monumental as Dead Cities sounds in parts, its uniformity proves oppressively stirring after just a few tracks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Feb 5, 2014
    10
    There is not an album I've listened to that has gotten close to matching the masterfully crafted aesthetics in this immense, powerful, gorgeous, and emotionally moving album by the one and only M83. Amazing work. Expand
  2. DonT
    Feb 7, 2005
    10
    Amazing pure genius.
  3. RickyR.
    Feb 19, 2010
    10
    Electronic music was never meant to be this beautiful. Some parts of the album sound so huge it's almost frightening in it's vastness. Listen to this album in a comfortable chair with the lights off and your mind will swim with beautiful images. Expand
  4. Paul
    Jul 21, 2004
    9
    A stunner. July 27, when Dead Cities gets its stateside release, will be a banner day. Two moments on this album are worth checking out if you're not sure if it's for you. First, listen to the three tracks that open the album; if you get sucked in by the blend of organic and digital, it's for you. Second try: listen to "America," conceptual sound collage at its finest. If you're not moved, leave it alone, but if you are, expect more such moments across the rest of the album. This is the warmest digital music I've ever heard. Expand
  5. Nov 6, 2010
    9
    This album as a whole is spectacular. It's hard to think how electro can be so poignant, so powerful. A bunch of keyboards stirs up so much feeling here. The album is clearly divided into two. Some tracks are slow, progressive and grandiose. The others pretend to be, and then rip your face of with frantic noise. But all the tracks are visceral and colourful.

    Personal highlights, America, Gone, Run into Flowers, Unrecorded.
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  6. OscarD
    Sep 14, 2004
    9
    The kind of album that will be re-discovered by their critics a couple of years/months from now. Great use of samples . The production is very subtle, needs to be appreciated on monitor speakers or good headphones. Expand
  7. jeb
    Jul 1, 2004
    0
    I have no idea why so many people like this album. It has no dynamics. Everything is so formulaic and gimmicky. It's like they took Massive Attack, Radiohead and Death in Vegas and pressed the morph button. There's no soul or originality here at all. I like electronic music. I like all kinds of music but this is just disgusting. Everything's so formulaic. There's only the glint of marketing. I'm embarassed for all these tone deaf music critics. Expand

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