Absolutely love it still listening to it everytime i have my tunes on its straight to this album. Listen to it whenever wherever on the go on an evening walk along the beach or just chilling or play it load on the big speakers. Absolutely awesome sound really quite addictive. Highly reccomend this
Some great songs on here. Outro is perhaps one of my favourite songs of all time, however many of the songs (the remixes) are a bit repetitive. Worth a listen but the album as a whole won't blow your socks off.
Just about everything to do with this release is big: the sound, the production, the 2CDs, the expectations, the artist AG's ambition and chutzpah. Thankfully, it really lives up to the hype, and is among the top contenders for album of the year. It's meant to be played loud over earphones or in some cavernous empty building, and it's there that the LP transports you to new spaces.
Like other M83 offerings, it offers the usual fast rock and roll cum keyboards tracks (This Bright Flash, New Map), interspersed between long slow instrumentals, usually sounds of organs and piano, seemingly in a cathedral, some desperately moving inexorably towards crescendoes (Another wave).
Lots of good stuff get thrown in: more AG vocals, ballads, some fairly pop-minded ditties, RnB basslines and doowopping, horns, cowbells.
Virtues: definitely CD1. Both CDs are strong, but the 'intro,' 'wait' and 'midnight city' really set the table. CD2 is slower, more inward looking. The arrangement of tracks is also superb -- like a good rollercoaster, with big thunderous highs. Ends beautifully with 'outro.' To this ear, not much filler.
Best tracks: Intro, Midnight City, Steve McQueen, Wait, Outro
On the minus side: The packaging is a little underwhelming and the imagery has a Donnie Darko vibe, which is fitting but only in a cheesy, formulaic sort of way. Like the last LP (Saturdays = Youth), it recalls the artificial nostalgia of teenagehood, and new- and dark-ness of teen angst. Also, not sure about 'Raconte-moi,' which plays on AG's more theatre-pop seen elsewhere (e.g., Before the Dawn's Car chase terror); it's certainly possibly a situational like, but sounds like a commercial for life cover.
Overall, sounds like: some parts Peter Gabriel, pre-90s Bowie, Talk Talk, some parts Ride and other shoegaze. The general spirit of the opus follows that of Saturdays = Youth, but there are some tracks that are explosive and unsettling, a la Dead Cities or Before the Dawn. One definitely sees the artist maturing, branching out and lording over his dominion.Read more ›