12 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

M83 create not just a wall of sound, but a whole new world—one where the line between man and cyborg is infinitely blurred. On their second album, the French group welcome us with softly chirping birds before limitless layers of buzzing synths and warped guitars flood the scene. Vocals are manipulated, buried, and scattered throughout; what sounds like sweet female cooing on "0078H" may just be a keyboard effect. Organ-like drones pierce "In Church," lifting us further away from Earth, while "Noise" takes the eardrum-damaging dissonance of My Bloody Valentine to even greater blissed-out heights.

EDITORS’ NOTES

M83 create not just a wall of sound, but a whole new world—one where the line between man and cyborg is infinitely blurred. On their second album, the French group welcome us with softly chirping birds before limitless layers of buzzing synths and warped guitars flood the scene. Vocals are manipulated, buried, and scattered throughout; what sounds like sweet female cooing on "0078H" may just be a keyboard effect. Organ-like drones pierce "In Church," lifting us further away from Earth, while "Noise" takes the eardrum-damaging dissonance of My Bloody Valentine to even greater blissed-out heights.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Ringo400 ,

This is the greatest album I've ever heard.

I bought this album in 2004 while living in Venice. No other album has come close to having the same emotional impact on me; I'll only listen to it once every couple years because of its effect on me. I wish M83 would revisit this territory. Every album since has been a shadow of dead cities, red seas, and lost ghosts. A stunning masterwork.

GrantIsIndifferentOnMusic ,

AMAZING

This a must have album for any M83 fan. Whether or not you are better off purchasing it elsewhere, I'll have to wait and see, but this album is great and I'm glad they are bringing it to iTunes so more casual fans will be able to discover it.

The 2 must-haves of the album are Gone, and America. Every song, save maybe Birds, is good so you're best off buying the whole album

Neon Sea ,

Beauties Can Die

I bought this album from ebay after falling in love with Hurry Up, We're Dreaming because it wasn't on the internet. I'm so happy their back catalog is finally on iTunes. Beauties Can Die, the closing track, honestly changed my life. I would recommend this album to anyone, but if you can only afford one song, I promise that Beauties Can Die will not upset.

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