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Before the Dawn Heals Us (2LPs/CD) [Vinyl] Limited Edition


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With these soft spoken words on the simply-titled opening track--“Intro”-- M83 mastermind Anthony Gonzalez introduces us to his sixth record and first double disc album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.

Dauntlessly singing into the void that was left behind since Saturdays=Youth, Gonzalez suddenly surges with overwhelming emotion as the music mounts an invisible precipice. ... Read more in Amazon's M83 Store

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  • Vinyl (January 13, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • ASIN: B00070Q8HM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,273 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Moon Child
2. Don't Save Us from the Flames
3. In the Cold I'm Standing
4. Farewell/Goodbye
5. Fields, Shorelines and Hunters
6. *
7. I Guess I'm Floating
8. Teen Angst
9. Can't Stop
10. Safe
11. Let Men Burn Stars
12. Car Chase Terror
13. Slight Night Shiver
14. A Guitar and a Heart
15. Lower Your Eyelids to Die With the Sun

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Good buy and has gotten me checking out other M83 albums.
Prof. Raptorheimer
The sound of this album has the strange ability to make your mind recall the moments when it was almost blown apart by awe, wonder, and beauty.
M. Tymchuk
Hearing "Before the Dawn Heals Us" by M83 was like hearing music for the first time.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on January 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Take the best of Sigur Ros and Godspeed You Black Emperor, pour all your soul into it, and you have nothing less but M83's painfully beautiful masterpiece, "Before the Dawn Heals Us". Founding M83 member Anthony Gonzalez starts a solo track with this album, showing us what the human spirit is capable of conceiving. He can make you cry tears of joy or sadness equally, with a production that is going to stand the test of time.

There is no song better than the others in this production. The whole album stands firm as a rock, ready to be listened to millions of times, to be interpreted and reinterpreted without fear. Simply put, "Before the Dawn Heals Us" is by far one of the best albums in a long time, and becomes the first one in my Best of 2005 list.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Kaplan on January 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
M83 adds one simple instrument to the mix on their new album and the entire experience is tranformed. The addition of voice makes Before The Dawn Heals Us seem both more personal and more distant than their previous albums. On Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts, you felt as if you were transported to some alien place; perhaps in space, perhaps another planet or universe entirely. On Before The Dawn Heals Us, you are left on the planet Earth. But it is not an Earth we know. It is an apocalyptic world of flames, fear and loss but at the same time a world of hope.

M83 is still an entirely electronic band, but on Before The Dawn Heals Us their synthesizers sound different. Rather than existing solely as electronic sounds, as they did in previous albums, synthesizers here frequently serve to emulate some real world instrument; be it guitar, piano or drum kit. These two differences from previous albums make Before The Dawn Heals Us M83's most accessable and beautiful album yet. You easily become immersed in the album's haunting wails, pounding beats and driving riffs. A few songs have a rather uplifting feel to them (Let Men Burn Stars, Can't Stop), but most have a depressing sense of urgency to them, compelling you to listen further but retaining their sadness. Especially chilling is Car Chase Terror!, which weaves in a truly frightening dialogue between a mother and child with heart racing synths. Overall, this album is completely amazing. It may help you fall asleep, it may make your heart pound or it may make you just want to lie in your backyard, staring up at the stars, but whatever the case, you will definitely enjoy listening to it. Though it's much to early to judge, Before The Dawn Heals Us definitely goes on my Best of 2005 list.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andre Martial Garmendia on January 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Maturity has reach Anthony gonzalez, and this is not a bad thing at all. The songs are potent and moody, keeping a float its shoegazing charm. The year beggings with a CD that's one of the best albums of 2005. Play it loud and enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zephyr Albright on June 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I thought this was absolutely wonderful. It is rare these days that a CD contains more then 4 great songs and this one definitely does. It's somewhat `This Mortal Coil' meets `Pink Floyd'. I am tired of the same old American Pop-Rap stuff we are being fed and this was very refreshing. The best songs are `Safe', `Moon child', `In the Cold I'm Standing' and `Farewell Goodbye'. I agree it's different from the other M83 albums but I prefer this one. If you like this also check out Cyann & Ben, Lily Chou-Chou (Japanese Import), Mum, This Mortal Coil, Sigur Ros, & Emiliana Torrini (her older stuff).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Max on September 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
After delivering the minimalist, yet harsh and driving "Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts" and going through the departure of his collaborator Nicolas Fromageau, Anthony Gonzalez had quite a few challenges ahead of him through the making of this album. Would the one-man group decide to tread a similar route, go into a new wacky direction, or a healthy mixture of both?

The answer is ultimately a mixture of both elements. The overall sound haven't changed that much as bombastic and overdriven synths still command the album's content, but Gonzalez has a few more tricks up his sleeve, as well. This album has a lot more of an urban feel to it, it ties itself up into a story that the listener is invited to complete and it also introduces real-sounding instruments, such as drums, guitars and even vocals through most tracks. The vocals don't really have much of a meaning through the album and most of the time, they flirt with melodrama a lot, but their intonation make the songs work and as with most electronic albums, lyrics are not the key element of the music. What matters in the end is composition, and M83 has that filed up for you.

Songs like "Don't Save Us From The Flames", "*" and "Teen Angst" show M83's ability to explore a rockier territory while using his trademark and not compromising his vision. They're hard-driving, yet incredibly melodic at the same time. On the other hand, songs such as "On The Cold I'm Standing" take a backseat through eerie, dark ambience. The name of that particular song really says it all, as it feels lonesome and searching.

Shorter interludes pop out through the disc at times, and unlike many artists, M83 use such interludes to great effect. They do a great job at linking the tracks together and manage to go down their own way as well.
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