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Before the Dawn Heals Us

M83Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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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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  • Audio CD (January 25, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • ASIN: B00070Q8HC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Moonchild
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

Editorial Reviews

Most druggy music chooses clearly between ecstasy and horror; Anthony Gonzalez deliberately blurs the emotional borders. The French musician, now a one-man-band following the departure of partner Nicolas Fromageau, communicates an awareness that even as the darkest trips have a sick thrill to them, the most pleasurable parts of a lysergic voyage have a creepy aftertaste. On the opener, "Moon Child," you can hear both creepiness and pleasure, as a lucid yet happily stoned female voice reveals that "The whole universe will glow," contrasting ominously with the sort of swelling background choirs Pink Floyd amassed when it was time for their big production numbers. And excitement and fear meld on "Don't Save Us From the Flames"; surreal snippets of lyrics ("Out of the flames/ A piece of brain in my hair/ The wheels are melting/ A ghost is screaming your name") are followed by the name "Tina" in a moan all-but indistinguishable from the airy synthesizers. Gonzalez is less adept at constructing structurally-complex compositions than at tunefully arranging sound effects--repetitive keyboard licks that could've been swiped from a '70s PBS documentary soundtrack and bone-scraping blasts of My Bloody Valentine guitar are among his favorite tricks. But his methods are justified by his sense of brevity, and careful alternating between two speeds--soft epic space-trance and vintage shoe-gazer rave-up--adds to the hallucinatory feel. --Keith Harris

Product Description

Conceptual art/indie with an orbital feel is an apt way of painting the picture of Frenchman Anthony Gonzalez's 3rd full length offering, under the guise of M83 that is the road to depth, outer space and inner peace.

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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Beautiful And Captivating 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful & strange collection of songs 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent, yet extremely listenable September 20, 2005
By Max
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly amazing album. July 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've rarely experienced anything i'd call a "perfect album." As much as i love albums that are emotionally endearing, i'd say i haven't heard a perfect one in a long time. Hearing "Before the Dawn Heals Us" by M83 was like hearing music for the first time. It's the most etheral and musically emotional album I've ever heard. Over three days, it has easily made its way into my top three favorite albums of all time. The music is composed so gorgeously and the lyrics that do sparsely accompany some of the songs (most are instrumental) are extremely delicate, yet add a whole new level of depth to the songs. The lyrics fall on the morbid side ("A piece of brain in my hair"), but because of the soft vocals and outstanding instrumental efforts, they come off as Shakespeare (or perphaps, T.S. Eliot, if you want to be specific). Bottom line is that I was seriously taken by this album. I've been an Amazon customer since 1996 (I believe)and this is the first time i have ever been compelled to leave feedback for a product. Give this album a try. It's without a doubt, worth it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great M83 album!
This album was exactly how I had wanted it to be. It is such a great album!
Published 1 month ago by Mason Dembi
4.0 out of 5 stars M83 CD excellent
Very happy with my cd, but price was very expensive. Supplier went to extra lengths to ship it from the USA. I had to pay £17 extea duty on arruval.
Published 4 months ago by Bruce Condor
5.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic in a good way
This is when M83 finally foud their way. And what a way!!!
I'm still to awed for words, really. I am.
Published 10 months ago by M Zambruno
5.0 out of 5 stars Great albumn!
I have no idea why you can't buy this album on iTunes or even through M83's website. Before The Dawn Heals Us may not be as refined as M83's later work but its worth buying even... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD. Highly recommend.
I recently bought this and it is my favorite music. I listen to it so often. I highly recommend buying this.
Published 16 months ago by zipson1
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my fav all time albums!
I absolutely love this album! For any fan of stargazing to party rad electronica rock! This album is one of his best cds and far better than his new album.
Published on March 3, 2012 by zjp
5.0 out of 5 stars Discovery of Vinyl

After getting into vinyl and building a base up of old records I have started buying new ones to supplement the vintage music, and M83 was a good... Read more
Published on December 5, 2011 by Prof. Raptorheimer
5.0 out of 5 stars M83 - Before The Dawn Heals Us
Though I loved the brilliance of DEAD CITIES, RED SEAS & LOST GHOSTS, I think M83's follow up BEFORE THE DAWN HEALS US is equally exciting, if not equally brilliant. Read more
Published on February 28, 2011 by scoundrel
5.0 out of 5 stars An Emotional Masterpeice
It is very rare for me to find music that I can honestly say emotionally moves me, and M83's "Before the Dawn Heals Us" does not merely move me, it guides me through emotional... Read more
Published on June 10, 2010 by M. Tymchuk
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge as the Dawning of Time...
The sound of this album is absolutely enormous. Pull out the headphones because if you don't have capable speakers, you won't being doing this album justice. Read more
Published on June 25, 2009 by B. Gavin
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