M83 Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts
4.0 Ranking: #106 for 2003
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5.0 classicAggravatedYeti | September 11th 08

My favorite soundtrack music ever -- M83's 'Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts' is an electronic masterpiece. Mixing equal influences from Air & My Bloody Valentine, Anthony Gonzalez creates an eclectic masterwork of epic proportions. Add MBV's fuzzed out guitars with a French love for synths and you've pretty much got M83 in a pigeon hole -- or so it would seem. They go more rough, less pretty -- frightening as opposed to serene, this is not dream pop. Vocals are mostly kept to indeterminable male (Gonzalez) or robot, almost completely electronic female ones -- or a spoken word story here and there (see 'America'). Really though, this is mostly an instrumental album, along the lines of an Air, or Eluvium. Air is a fair (heh) choice for a comparison seeing as both electronic duos are French, and pretty much sound like it. The music broods with romantic turmoil, bevies of emotion as well as those awesome, awesome synths. Regardless of all M83's obvious comparisons, Gonzalez is able to bring his music to something totally different. With a soundtrack quality to his epic inclinations his music comes out sounding tried and exuberant, yet beautiful and serene. It always sounds HUGE, and really, benefits from that fact. 'Unrecorded', 'Run into Flowers' and 'In Church' -- hell every track is stand out. Get this.

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4.5 superbaWanderingSpirit | November 22nd 13

For me, this record is a bit better than Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. Which is also a great record, but this one is a bit more grounded.

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4.0 excellentcray sean | March 29th 13

One has to be in a particular mood for m83. I'm in that mood right now.

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5.0 classicashesofman | November 28th 12

m83 may have "sold out". And although their newer releases have gained them the best part of their fanbase, their second album remains their magnum opus. Dead Cities is more polished then any sophomore effort ought to be. It may be a vain wish, but I wish that m83 would revisit their original style of music with the resources they now have at their disposal. However, I'm afraid it isn't meant to be. Anyways! Listen to this album. It is amazing!

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5.0 classicAaron Fancey | February 9th 12

To this date (February 2012) Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts still remains Anthony Gonzalez's best work. He went on to develop pop-friendly songwriting and style, but never were his electronics more towering and emotional than on this seminal electro-shoegaze record. A work of art.

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