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2011’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming was a gargantuan album to add to the canon of gargantuan M83 albums. Junk is rather different, but no less thrilling. Out go the blown-out anthems and in their place, nostalgically candied pop, disco and soul gems. It bobs merrily between gloriously indulgent (“Do It, Try It”, “Go!”), gloriously silly (“Moon Crystal” sounds like a ‘70s TV theme), and deeply romantic (“For the Kids”, “Atlantique Sud” and "Sunday Night 1987”). “Solitude”, meanwhile, is gorgeous, cinematic and blessed with a spellbinding keytar solo. It’s that sort of album.

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What did I just listen to?

Do I love it? Do I hate it? I have no idea what I just heard. This isn't Saturday's=youth and it isn't hurry up we're dreaming either. This is something brand new. Not to m83 but music in general. Not a single anthem of transcendentally music like we have gotten from m83 in the past. This is new. After a once over with the album i don't know what to feel. The songs they pre released have me clicking repeat so I hope that's a sign of this album as I listen to it more.

Want vs Love.

After the success of hurry up we're dreaming it is clear that Anthony Gonzalez of m83 just wanted to do whatever he wanted. In fact if you read his recent interviews that is what he says he did with junk. I have made the assumption after listening to this album that Now I also know at least one reason why Morgan Kirby was not exactly fighting to stay in M83 and is Mia. I don't blame her with an album like junk I would've used the spring board of success off hurry up were dreaming and try to capitalize on my solo career as well. It was good timing for her.

I am happy for Anthony that as an artist working so hard for so many years he has reached this point in his career. He deserves that and after giving us the gifts of the previous albums most notably the double LP a few years ago I can only thank him and say to him that hurry up we're dreaming is one of my favorite albums of all time. Hearing midnight city at everything from sporting events to radio and clubs was truly an incredible experience but it was the album that was the greatest component of his work. On the other hand after listening to junk this morning and not being able to bring myself to downloads one single song it is clear no matter what we Love as fans to Anthony at this time she just wants to do what he wants.

On all m83s previous albums I can find songs that I love but I cannot find any of that no matter how hard I try on junk. Yes there are some moments you can clearly see that he is a brilliant musician but it's just off somehow. He's been quoted as saying he did not care what his fans think but at the same time he's nervous to see how his fans will react at concerts so he obviously does care it's just at the time when he went to create Junk he could not have the caring what fans think mindset he just needed to do what he wanted despite knowing what his fans love about his music. I mean really the whole super champ piano thing on track one I'm sure he's getting destroyed on this unbelievably and yes I don't even mind Supertramp if for some reason it please track that incorporates the piano sounds annoying and not good at all. Supertramp does it better than M83. I'm not going to dissect every track but I will say there are a lot of people that feel this way if you read reviews online the best grades he's getting is a B- most of his reviews are average. That's just the way it's going to be with this album and until he releases another album he's going to be answering questions about this for a long time I know he regretted an album he did about 10 years ago and I think he's going to not regret this one to the same level because he did what he wanted to do and is successful now but at the same time it's clear that he did not put forward the best sounds to help the m83 sound get bigger and maybe that's something he wants. clearly it appears that way. That's his choice and that's my choice and that's the way life is you can't always get what you want and this time Anthony is clearly getting what he wants and the fans can make their decision in the amount of albums they purchase. Because of his popularity at this time it would surprise me that his album sales are pretty high but I would think that if he continues to go in this direction for the next album they will be incredibly low. you see it happen to artist all the time they have a huge number one level album that was nominated for alternative album of the year at the Grammys and then they completely change their style and the next thing you know they're yesterday's news I know Anthony doesn't care about these things as much as others after listening to junk and that's why he is a great artist because he's always trying to create and think outside the box, but at the same time the reason why am writing this review is because I want him to understand you only get so many shots to do an album like junk so make sure that you know your Fanbase and realize truly that this is your Mulligan in other words this is your free shot at doing something that you truly wanted to do and the next album it will be time for you to go into another direction and I hope that you're smart enough to realize how wonderful the music is that you create and how many people you touched on the previous out of this album being influenced by punky Brewster does not go there and if I weren't as open a person I would take this normally as a slap across the face but I do respect your art, but come on let's be real when comparing the two albums it's night and day you need to go back to what you do best and that is the hurry up we're dreaming genre epic songs with heavy guitar and drums and beautiful harmonies melodies amazing inspiring songs that the masses love. That is what you were put on this earth to do in my opinion. They don't have to all be a midnight city in fact if anything I think wait was the best song on the album , but if you could touch on that album again that's what you are best at. Junk is clearly not your bread and butter. And this album will not be nominated for a Grammy for best alternative album. You will not hear any of the songs at sporting events clubs or on the radio it will not be something you will want to share with your friends it will be more of a joke if you're on YouTube as the first video with the dog is is a joke and I think was intended to be. He went crazy he went to. And m83 did what it wanted to do but it did not do what many of the fans love in my opinion.

The Return

Waited a few years for something new from M83 after hearing "Midnight City" and the songs on it so far have been pretty chill! Can't wait to hear the rest of the album!

Biography

Formed: 2001 in Antibes, France

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

In 2003, Frenchmen Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau enjoyed international acclaim for the album Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts, a luscious blend of shoegaze aesthetics, ambient pop, and progressive textures. But M83 had been releasing material for several years, having issued their self-titled debut through the tiny but taste-making French label Gooom in 2001. The success of Dead Cities, Red Seas brought attention not only to M83, but also to the Gooom label, which helped fuel the popularity...
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  • Genres: Electronic, Music
  • Released: Apr 08, 2016

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