Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts

Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Simply put, this album sounds absolutely huge, its relentless attention to detail eclipsed only by the stunning emotional power it conveys.
  2. Filter
    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]
  3. Although at times M83 evoke Jean-Michel Jarre or Air, this is far from being an album of Franco-synth by numbers; it is the layered, hypertextual futurism of My Bloody Valentine and Brian Eno which seeps through the electronic Gallic gauze as the most palpable influences.
  4. In Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts, M83 have created an ethereal electronic masterpiece, and one which, thankfully, doesn't sound like a relic from the Warp Records back catalogue.
  5. Urb
    90
    Immersive and woozy, brittle yet supple, a twittering, throttling piper of spectral drones. [Jul/Aug 2004, p.126]
  6. Few artists can master the trick of capturing ambience and atmosphere without resorting to cliche. M83 are among the few.
  7. M83 is a keyboard band of the best kind: one with nuance, tone, thrash, and color.
  8. The whole much greater than its parts, Dead Cities is creation imbued and then muted again.
  9. While I don't think that it's quite the groundbreaking release that many have given it credit for, there are definitely moments during the 12-track release that I feel like the group has cracked into something unique and downright amazing.
  10. Magnet
    80
    That [M83] achieve My Bloody Valentine beauty through antiquated analog rigs is an achievement in itself. [#64, p.100]
  11. Under The Radar
    80
    A Herculean instrumental epic of beautiful depth, staggering grandiosity and extraterrestrial soundscapes. [#7]
  12. Dead Cities reinforces the French pair's penchant for distorted vocals and cheesy synthesizers, but the tracks here ultimately add up to far less than the sum of their assorted parts.
  13. As monumental as Dead Cities sounds in parts, its uniformity proves oppressively stirring after just a few tracks.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. turtlehead
    Feb 21, 2006
    3
    every few months i will put this on again, attempting to figure out what exactly is so appealing about it. I can't believe every person every few months i will put this on again, attempting to figure out what exactly is so appealing about it. I can't believe every person who gave this a 9 or 10 would have were it not for the huge critical reception. I find it almost impossible to make it from one end of the album to the other. Despite it being synthesized organ tones, it somehow manages to be more abrasive -- probably a result of its one (1) dynamic -- than any punk or metal or noise I've heard. Nobody I know ever actually listens to this. M83 did a song called "slowly" that i love, a good party song, but this album just wallows. I just wanted to say, to anyone considering buying this, to listen to some of it first, because its not really relaxing, interesting, fun...it's huge synth organs with synth blips and bleeps. you've been warned. DO NOT believe the hype surrounding this album. if you want epic, get some godspeed, if transcendant, maybe johann johannsen or the soundtrack to 2001 or something. The rating of their follow-up album reflects how well the debut keeps, i think. Cut the gimmick loose. Full Review »
  2. Oct 11, 2016
    10
    If in many years time people forget what M83 are capable of, this album will stand there. Where music touches your soul - it's an album veryIf in many years time people forget what M83 are capable of, this album will stand there. Where music touches your soul - it's an album very very very close to being perfect. Full Review »
  3. 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! Full Review »