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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: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. Jun 3, 2015
    10
    Ever wonder what it would sound like if you perfectly combined shoegaze and electronic music? Sounds like a strange combination for sure, butEver wonder what it would sound like if you perfectly combined shoegaze and electronic music? Sounds like a strange combination for sure, but it makes me salivate because both are some of my favorite genres ever.. Well M83 are just that. They perfectly combine the two genres in a way that no one has done before. This album is up there with the greats. It's a peaceful, ethereal, contemplative journey that you can have just laying on your couch. They are named after the Messier galaxy, and in my opinion, that is a perfect inspiration for their name because their music is what I picture space to sound like. Wonderful! Expand
  2. EmilT
    Sep 2, 2005
    10
    beautiful not-heard-before masterpiece
  3. easymorningrebel
    Dec 30, 2003
    10
    A pleasant surprise. Over synth and clicks, these French electronic duo tell tales of "Birds" and "Cyborg". Okay, it's not "Loveless : A pleasant surprise. Over synth and clicks, these French electronic duo tell tales of "Birds" and "Cyborg". Okay, it's not "Loveless : Revisited" but if "people" mentioned your name in one sentence with My Bloody Valentine, well... Expand
  4. Oct 16, 2013
    10
    best album everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
  5. RobertA
    Aug 7, 2004
    9
    whoa, this is some cool stuff. listen to it while you read a book and it should help you. listening to this makes me feel like i am in a whoa, this is some cool stuff. listen to it while you read a book and it should help you. listening to this makes me feel like i am in a different world at times. Expand
  6. wesp
    Oct 6, 2004
    9
    as john milton went blind from pursuing his life's passion; creating a flawless epic so do m83 on this record.
  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 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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