M83
Before The Dawn Heals Us


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
July 26th, 2005 | 23 replies | 15,634 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


In a very short time, M83 have released 3 albums, each progressing from the last. Created with mainly keyboards, M83 create a unique sound in that their music is made with electronic instruments but is viewed as through and through rock music. With previous collaborator Nicholas Frogmeau having left M83, there is an obvious change in sound.

M83
Anthony Gonzales - Vocals, Production and Instrumentation

Before The Dawn Heals Us features a guest bassist, drummer and a range of guest vocalists.

Before The Dawn Heals Us is a much different album from Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts. With Anthony Gonzales taking the controls for himself, Before The Dawn Heals Us may just be the first step in the new direction for M83. The electronic post-rock of Dead Cities was an excellent sound for just two guys with two keyboards. The problem, of course was that it often drifted into boredom territory. As if they couldn't decide what they wanted to do with their sound, the album was split between M83 sounding like Sigur Ros' soundscapes and M83 sounding like the electro pop of Kraftwerk. Before The Dawn Heals Us does away with the sound completely. While it is obviously still the same band and the album recalls songs from Dead Cities such as "Run Into Flowers", "Unrecorded " and "Gone", there is such a large change in sound that it's hard to believe the short amount of time that passed between this album and Dead Cities. There is less reluctance to use traditional intruments such as guitars, pianos (or at least piano keyboard sounds) and even sung vocals, much of which is done by Anthony himself. "A Guitar And A Heart" is an instrumental rock track with the added electronic influence heard in the keyboards.

M83 have moved to a more indie rock sound with Before The Dawn Heals Us. First single, "Don't Save Us From The Flames" features a beautiful indie keyboard riff which is backed by heavy guitars and drums. While Dead Cites was essentially a post rock record, Before The Dawn Heals Us takes the ideas of the last record and mixes the vast soundscapes with a more palatable indie rock sensibility. While the music is less ambient (by no means has it lost the ambience of the previous record however), there is a lot more to be enjoyed by the average fan who is less impressed by soundscapes. Although tracks such as "Gone" (the obvious highlight of the last record) seem to be missing, Gonzalez does not skip out the beautiful melodies that made Dead Cities so good. The aforementioned "Don't Save Us From The Flames" has one of the best riffs of the year which is played as a call and response between it and a very soft verse with hushed vocals, courtesy of Gonzalez. While with tracks such as "Teen Angst", he includes the amazing riffs and melodies with more sensible vocals and instrumentation. Other highlights include the chilling "Car Chase Terror!" and the dense and fast "*" which recalls "Unrecorded" from the last record. A welcome comeback is the My Bloody Va1entine style production which gives the album the atmosphere which makes it so good. Fans of Dead Cities will find much to like, though perhaps wishing for sound more similar to the previous record. Still, the new direction taken by M83 is one that will give them much more success in the future and many more places to go with the music. Another excellent acheivement from a unique artist.

Pros
More diversity
Excellent sound and production
Some really beautiful songs

Cons
The new direction could be misinterpreted
Not every track is perfect

Reccomended Tracks
Don't Save Us From The Flames
Teen Angst
Car Chase Terror!

FINAL RATING: 4/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Damrod
Moderator
July 26th 2005



1093 Comments


Back to a 'Lets write a review a day'-phase br3ad? ;)

br3ad_man
Emeritus
July 26th 2005



2125 Comments


Something like that. I've got study periods at school now, which means far less school work at home.

Damrod
Moderator
July 26th 2005



1093 Comments


As you give us the quality work we're used to from you: That's not bad at all. Keep it up! :thumb:

mx
Moderator
July 26th 2005



733 Comments


I'm really into M83 right now, this album is top notch

br3ad_man
Emeritus
July 26th 2005



2125 Comments


Do you prefer this or Dead Cities mx? Have you heard the first album? It's not well known, but it's a good record. I might review it to complete the M83 catalogue.

pixiesfanyo
July 26th 2005



1223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think it's a 3.

Some good songs. But Indie artists seem to be going overboard with too many tracks this year.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
July 27th 2005



2125 Comments


Too many tracks really is the thing screwing up bands this year.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 27th 2005



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm with pixiesfanyo on this one. A step down from their previous when it was still a twosome. Silly frenchies.

Little Man being Erased
July 28th 2005



87 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've had this record for a little while now, but I don't think it has really hit me yet. Maybe I should give it a few more spins soon. I'll have to try and get Dead Cities... as well.

rosesforthedead
March 16th 2006



6 Comments


I've been listening to this since it came out but do you guys think that Dead Cities... is better?

br3ad_man
Emeritus
March 17th 2006



2125 Comments


Definitely.

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
March 17th 2006



1588 Comments


I find the two quite hard to compare, but Dead Cities is probably my favourite.

I love their self-titled album too.

rosesforthedead
March 19th 2006



6 Comments


thanks! i'll check out dead cities

Cygnus Inter Anates
July 28th 2006



721 Comments


If this were to be cut down by a few tracks, it would be a lot more consistant and interesting to listen to. Not nearly as good as Dead Cities...

bleep_bloop
October 30th 2006



37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lower Your Eyelids to Die with the Sun is a sick track. I'd have to say that this and their self titled are my favorites.

Enotron
November 11th 2009



7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

third track is da bomb

Rationalist
November 25th 2009



880 Comments


Eh, I like my review better.

dylantheairplane
March 28th 2010



2147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cant stop listening to this lately. "Car Chase Terror!" gives me goosebumps every time I hear it

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
March 28th 2010



4925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Teen Angst is a sweet mini-rave party

dylantheairplane
March 29th 2010



2147 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Teen Angst is a really good song but oddly I like the remix of it on the "Teen Angst-EP" better than the album version. I should write a review for this, it has to be getting up there as one of my top 10 favorite albums.

Possible 5 rating soon?



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