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M83, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Mute Records, Oct. 18

10/27/11
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



I was relieved to discover I wasn’t the only one who thought M83’s 2008 album Saturdays = Youth was the most awesome thing ever, but I’m even more relieved that the band — meaning Anthony Gonzalez — are still writing stuff like this. This two-disc marathon is already my personal Album of the Year, and I’m inclined to dub it this generation’s Physical Graffiti, being that it takes the very, very best vibe from LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., you name it, puts it through a shoegaze filter, and adds the occasional dead-on ’80s-authenticity (“Reunion” is a Howard Jones-imitation vocal over Flock of Seagulls guitars). Everything is awesome on both CDs, even the weird little Nintendo ditty over which a little girl talks about frogs like she’s talking about a Bonnaroo crowd (“Raconte Moi une Histoire”). Gonzalez is a natural song-maker-upper; most of this stuff obviously just came to him while he was in zen states at airports, and when he finds a few notes that go really well together, he bores them into your soul through repetition until the hook becomes part of your DNA for good. If pressed to find fault, I’d have to say that this is almost too epic, that an extended period of Here We Go Magic-style chill might have made this stuff a little less of a project to listen to, meaning you really, really have to be up for an album here, not just some backgrounding. Past that, though, every human on Earth needs to own this thing. A+ —Eric W. Saeger
 






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