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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. Oct 16, 2013
    10
    best album everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
  3. 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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