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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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In Church
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 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]
  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: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  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. AndreiR
    Jan 19, 2005
    10
    Original, evocative, deep, a long-lasting pleasure, truly fantastic!
  3. RickyR.
    Feb 19, 2010
    10
    Electronic music was never meant to be this beautiful. Some parts of the album sound so huge it's almost frightening in it's Electronic music was never meant to be this beautiful. Some parts of the album sound so huge it's almost frightening in it's vastness. Listen to this album in a comfortable chair with the lights off and your mind will swim with beautiful images. Expand
  4. DomS.
    Jan 16, 2004
    9
    I'm so sick of the My Bloody Valentine references. Just enjoy this album for what it is: a macroscopic overburn of electronic goodness, I'm so sick of the My Bloody Valentine references. Just enjoy this album for what it is: a macroscopic overburn of electronic goodness, sometimes lilting and sometimes too intense to listen to in headphones. Expand
  5. Oct 11, 2016
    9
    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. Expand
  6. OscarD
    Sep 14, 2004
    9
    The kind of album that will be re-discovered by their critics a couple of years/months from now. Great use of samples . The production is The kind of album that will be re-discovered by their critics a couple of years/months from now. Great use of samples . The production is very subtle, needs to be appreciated on monitor speakers or good headphones. Expand
  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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