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5.0 out of 5 stars Saturdays = Youth = an essential album, 9 April 2009
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D. Rankin "Trust Me, I'm a Stomach" (Wellingborough, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Saturdays = Youth (Audio CD)
It is maybe because I am of a similar age to M83's Anthony Gonzalez that the themes and aesthetics of 'Saturday = Youth' resonate so strongly. This album is drenched with 80's inspiration and takes its atmospheric cues from the likes of Cocteau Twins, the post punk band The Chameleons (give their second album 'What Does Anything Mean? Basically' a listen - the opener 'Silence, Sea & Sky' in particular could have been plucked straight from an M83 album) as well as an obvious nod to 'Hounds of Love' era Kate Bush.

In some respects, the album is comparable to the work of Boards of Canada. That is not to say that M83's compositions resemble the mood or sonic palette of BoC particularly ('Music Has the Right to Children' was menacing and claustrophobic, 'Saturdays = Youth' is light and airy), it is more the sense of delicious nostalgia that each act expertly taps into.

There is a shamelessly heartfelt sincerity to these tracks, which is extremely refreshing given the number of bands that are currently adopting an 80's influenced sound but are far too self aware and engrossed in cool posturing to cut loose and have fun with it.

The whole album is an absolute delight, but a special mention for 'You, Appearing', 'Kim & Jessie', 'We Own the Sky' and 'Dark Moves of Love'.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dream of a record come true, 19 Mar 2008
This review is from: Saturdays = Youth (Audio CD)
This fourth M83 LP takes on where the previous "Before The Dawn..." left off, but an even larger room was made this time for ethereal vocals, whether male or female. From the startling opening "You, Appearing", you know you're in for something special; the subtle trickery of previous works is here, but serves the purpose in a much more soulful (dare I say "human") way.

Tracks such as "Kim & Jessie" (which could provide a nice indie-pop summer hit) or "Up!" sound like how the last (brilliant ortherwise) Goldfrapp LP could have been up to if they had kept their electronic craft, while "Dark Moves Of Love" is the epitome of shoegazing albeit turned to 11 (like the Cocteau Twins jamming with Mercury Rev, if you see what I mean). But the key track here, still, is the forthcoming single, "Couleurs", which, with his obsessive rhythm construction and guitar/keyboards collusive maelstrom, will take you to another level of hypnose and excitement, to heights rarely reached by electronic acts.

A few 80's tricks in the arrangements can't even distract from the fact "Saturdays=Youth" (not such a cryptic title, if you think) is pop as what it always should be; sing-a-long melodies and innovative soundscapes everywhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars M83 saturdays youth, 2 May 2009
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This review is from: Saturdays = Youth (Audio CD)
Buy this Album- its stunning and beautiful summerish and summer rainish ,this is in my top 5 fav's, M83's ambience is magickal and encapsulating, its more of a day time into evening listen compared to the darker themes explored in 'Before the dawn heals us'

Stylish/sexy/sleek and sure to be timeless.

the art work is woweeee
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5.0 out of 5 stars Retro Synth at its best, 14 July 2014
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Excelent mix of vocals and Kim and Jessie is excellent , invigorating and uplifting tracks throughout, vibrant and pristine vocals and simple melodies combine to make this a fabulous album
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Album, perfect delivery, 15 Jun 2014
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There's really not much to say. I bought another album by these guys last year, absolutely loved it, found the existence of this one and ordered it right then.
It arrived quickly and in perfect condition so 5 stars for both album and seller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ethereal, 5 May 2014
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I can't stop listening to this. M83 are a new discovery for me. Beautiful, dreamy, almost haunting music. A mix of goldfrapp, Cocteau twins.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful electronica, 1 Mar 2013
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Great album suitable for any mood and any time of the day. I just love it. And love M83 in general
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good album, 10 July 2012
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Some really good tracks, mainly at the beginning. Favourite track's Skin Of The Night-really impressive. Would recommend to M83 fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Gonzalez is genius!, 17 April 2012
This review is from: Saturdays = Youth (MP3 Download)
This is my favourite M83 album. Coleurs is just sublime and if you're ever lucky enough to see them live just pray they play this (was the encore at Shepherd's Bush this year) then you'll realise the recorded version doesn't do them justice...mind blowing stuff! A 5 star live band!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Banana, 5 Mar 2012
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Simply sublime. Poetry in motion, music to chill out to or raise the spirits when life gets a tad too hectic.
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