Saturdays=Youth

  • Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Apr 15, 2008
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. So Saturdays=Youth isn’t an unqualified success, and probably won’t be as warmly welcomed by fans as M83’s previous albums have been. Still, there are plenty of moments on the disc that remind you why this pulsing, layered music is so powerful.
  2. Surprisingly, the least pop-based tracks stand out most.
  3. [A] disappointment. [Spring 2008, p.77]
  4. To call Saturdays=Youth derivative is to pay it a compliment, because every retro synth sounds calibrated to provide the maximum nostalgic rush.
  5. A real mixed bag, then--M83 still show plenty of guile and in their best moments present music of hidden power and grace.
  6. 50
    M83 needs to step out of the '80s, and back into the future. [Apr 2008, p.100]
  7. 50
    M83's new effort saunters like a slow dance from "Sixteen Candles." [Mar/Apr 2008, p.109]
  8. With the exception of the engorged 'Couleurs,' 'Dark Moves of Love's' lift into the stratosphere, and the ambient feather-on-the-breath drones of 'Midnight Souls Still Remain,' Saturdays = Youth is strangely leaden, an album fenced off by its conceptual constraints.
  9. 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.
  10. 40
    Saturdays=Youth is embarrassingly earnest. [May 2008, p.102]
  11. Halfway through, though, Gonzalez's self-indulgence gets the better of him and you're left with half-baked ideas and little else. [June 2008, p.145]
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Jul 2, 2014
    8
    Saturdays=Youth feels like a constant good dream that you never want to leave. This album feels like an alternate universe and is excellentlySaturdays=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! Full Review »
  2. Oct 16, 2013
    10
    best album everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
  3. Oct 24, 2011
    9
    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 newLove 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. Full Review »