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  • Summary: The fifth album for the French electronic group led by Anthony Gonzalez was produced with Ken Thomas and Ewan Pearson.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
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  1. For all the awe kindled by the effectively perfect sound in a transcendent highlight like 'Kim & Jessie,' the real triumph is that M83 uses such a setting for more simple melody and emotion than ever before.
  2. Of course it’s cheeseball, as we all were at that age. But that’s ultimately what makes this accessible, highly-listenable album a reinvigoration of both catalogue and genre.
  3. As super-stylized as its sounds and emotions are, Saturdays=Youth always seems genuine, even when it feels like its songs are made from the memories of other songs.
  4. M83's latest flight into the synthesized stratosphere is so steeped in '80s influence, it;s as if teen filmmaker John Hughes was lurking behind the keyboards. [June 2008, p.137]
  5. If you go back to the touchpoints of the era in terms of music, there's certainly plenty of awful lyrics, and while I can often overlook lyrics if the music itself is strong, Saturdays = Youth sometimes lapses into a sort of emo shoegazer feel that's simply a bit too sickly-sweet for me.
  6. A real mixed bag, then--M83 still show plenty of guile and in their best moments present music of hidden power and grace.
  7. I’m deflated again, as all Gonzalez does with this blank canvas for electronic experimentation is cycle two chords over and over with a little synth sprinkled on top.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Oct 16, 2013
    best album everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
  2. Aug 11, 2011
    S=Y taps into nostalgia and that is what makes this record so amazing. Though being pretty much different from their previous albums, it's definitely their best. I thought "Don't save us from the flames" would be their best song but once I've listened to this record, I changed my mind. "You, appearing" made me believe there's still real magic in music. Expand
  3. Oct 24, 2011
    Love this album, much more different to the previous M83 albums dumping their trademark shoegaze/dream pop sound in favour of a more 80's new wave/ synth pop sound. Expand
  4. Jul 2, 2014
    Saturdays=Youth feels like a constant good dream that you never want to leave. This album feels like an alternate universe and is excellently produced and Gonzalez really pulled out all the stops to make this an excellent and very memorable experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire album and M83 is still one of my favorite bands. Thank You Anthony! Expand
  5. Nov 6, 2010
    This album is pretty terrible unfortunately. I freaking love M83, but for me this album is just a let down. There is a fine line between amazing retro inspired, lo-fi music...and pure cheese. This album steps waaaay over the mark. There are a couple of fantastic tracks though. 'Dark Moves of Love' is poppy, loud and sentimental. 'Midnight Souls Still Remain' is a beautiful ambient track, which reminds of 'In the Cold I'm standing', without the melancholy feel. It's just pure bliss. 'We Own the Sky' is a nostalgic sensuous track. Lots of swirling electronics. Fantastic. Uplifting. Expand

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