M83
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming


4.5
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by BigHans USER (108 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2011 | 39 replies | 4,185 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The one album that will align hipsters with staunch, unironic 80’s culture defenders.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

I wonder if the guys from Simple Minds are the benevolent types (hearing something that borrows from pretty much their entire catalog and being happy because it might revive their own careers or advance the synth-pop cause they were championing so long ago) or the jealous types (recognizing the opening to M83’s “Reunion” apes “Don’t You Forget About Me” worse than Atreyu’s “Right Side of the Bed” rips off In Flames’ “The Hive”) and getting really pissed about it. Anthony Gonzalez is without retort a certifiable genius because he found the missing link for creating art in a genre that 50% of people enjoy ironically and the other 50% would defend to the death. “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” is not merely a synth-pop record that pays clear tribute to the 80s, it bridges the gap between irony, guilty pleasures, and nostalgia and is basically saying what someone should have said a long f*cking time ago. When it comes to 80’s pop, it’s all the same damn thing, just shut up and enjoy it already.

There are 22 songs on this record and I could point to virtually any of them to showcase a clear influence from the age of excess. “Claudia Lewis” is a fine example; the intro is a cross between Simple Minds’ “Alive and Kicking” and a Flock of Seagulls’ “Space Age Love Song,” the chorus melody borrows heavily from Genesis’ “Tonight Tonight Tonight,” the bridge is a replication of The Fixx’ “Stand or Fall,” and the second verse has that quintessential Seinfeldian/appearing-in-any 80s movie montage where dudes are walking around in a city (probably in a Spike Lee Joint) bass groove. “Hurry Up We’re Dreaming” is more than a tribute to an era, it’s a full on text-book replication, a joyfully shameless clinic of paying homage to a severely underrated archetype. It doesn’t take long to recognize it; I heard the verse hook for the Cars’ “Since You’re Gone,” Tears For Fears’ “Head over Hills,” and Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill” here while remnants of Love and Rockets’ “So Alive” and even Breathes’ “Hands to Heaven” arrive out of nowhere there. Overpoweringly upbeat atmospheric songs like “New Map” and “Steve McQueen” might sound like the result of The Cure and The Pet Shop Boys overcoming their brooding personalities, taking a few miles of Xanax, and combining the melodies of “Friday I’m In Love” and “West End Girls,” yet that is precisely the reason both are in the top 100 songs released this year. I’ve long thought that anyone who hates The Dream Academy’s “Life In a Northern Town” has no soul, and after analyzing “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” I arrive at the same conclusion. This is the one album that will align hipsters with staunch, unironic 80’s culture defenders. For probably the first time ever, the overpowering atmospherics and unrelenting tribute-paying overtones of “Hurry Up We’re Dreaming” makes the concept of irony irrelevant.

On one hand we could browbeat M83 to death for unabashedly ripping off classic songs the same way we do whenever Airbourne sounds more like AC/DC than AC/DC, but that would be obtuse and egregiously counter-productive. 80’s culture (aside from the AIDS scare and those retarded “this is your brain on drugs” commercials) was about doing truckloads of coke, having fun above else, and championing the idea of zero f*cks given before there was an internet to make that saying a meme. Unless you’re MGMT and are really pissed off that “Midnight City” is the song they tried to write when they came up with “Kids” and are jealous of the fact it’s now in Victoria Secret Commercials, we should just follow the mantra of the decade and abandon all restraint, embracing excess and saturating every second of it. The 80’s forefathers would have wanted it that way, and it’s obviously Gonzalez’ intent. The only shame about “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” is there is no longer a legitimate current culture to align to it. Long live the 80s.



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BigHans
November 2nd 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'll be honest, I only did this to show off just how much I know about 80s pop.

Gyromania
November 2nd 2011



15200 Comments


'80s* Look at you...FLAUNTING YOUR KNOWLEDGE! Good review man.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
November 2nd 2011



10585 Comments


Color me impressed.

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klap
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2011



10258 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great article, although i seriously doubt MGMT are upset with "kids"

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BigHans
November 2nd 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah good point Rudy its just that the first time I heard it I thought it sounded like Kids and then I saw it on a Vic Secret commercial last night.

BigHans
November 2nd 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks Xeno, Gyro. I always get you guys mixed up btw

klap
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2011



10258 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i always get xeno and irving mixed up : (

BigHans
November 2nd 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Actually, I always got Xeno, Gyro, AND Eno mixed up.

MO
November 2nd 2011



18261 Comments


Awesome review Hans...like damn. m/ Pos

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greg84
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2011



7321 Comments


I don't dig such music and this is so hyped it's painful, but nice try! I guess I'm neither a hipster nor an 80s defender. lol

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Gyromania
November 2nd 2011



15200 Comments


Thanks Xeno, Gyro. I always get you guys mixed up btw

Haha, really? I wonder why that is.

bloc
November 2nd 2011



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

M83? From Hans?


u gay bro?

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2011



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this review is all sorts of awesome, and shows me how little I know about 80's music compared to you.

"Thanks Xeno, Gyro. I always get you guys mixed up btw"

I sort of used to as well.

"Actually, I always got Xeno, Gyro, AND Eno mixed up."

you lost me there, Eno sucks.

album is growing on me like fucking crazy. pos btw.

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2011



2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

*Looks at review ratings*

4.5,4.5,4.5,4.5,4.5,4.5

We're not all the same personality I swear.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2011



23798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

just saw the rec'd by reviewer section haha nice play

BigHans
November 2nd 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

M83? From Hans?


^ Are you forgetting that I legitimately like 80s pop, and that I think Boy Meets Girl's "Waiting for a Star is Fall" is one of the best songs ever?

bloc
November 2nd 2011



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This ain't got shit on 80's pop but yes yes yes I get it

BigHans
November 2nd 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome review Hans...like damn. m/ Pos

^ Brofist Opeth

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2011



17200 Comments


all the musical cheesiness i could ever want with none of the "new wave" production i loathe so so much

BigHans
November 2nd 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

youre not talking about the Police now are you Adam?



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