- Saturdays = Youth

M83 - Saturdays = Youth
CRITIC SCORE
73
Based on 14 reviews
2008 Rank: #229 / 712
USER SCORE
80
Based on
127 ratings

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85
Pitchfork

Saturdays=Youth-- the new album from French musician M83 (aka Anthony Gonzalez)-- opens with a stately piano phrase. Synths gradually overtake the piano and Gonzalez sings concise lyrics in falsetto-- "It's your face/ Where are we?/ Save me"-- amid billowing harmonies. It's the sort of big, beatless slow-burn he often uses to dramatize an impending pivot, a moment when the percussion gallops in and the song takes off for the stratosphere. But on this track, "You,

Appearing", that pivot never arrives. Instead, the music tapers off into the booming overture of "Kim & Jessie". Saturdays=Youth is still huge music, with three players in addition to Gonzalez-- but it has a different kind of heft from previous M83 records. On Before the Dawn Heals Us, M83 was all about the vertical push-- layer after layer of synths and drums piled up in a vertiginous tower. But these new songs disperse in all directions: Producers Ewan Pearson and Ken Thomas spread the melodies and beats into a sound world of uncommon vibrancy and pristine clarity, mounted on a massive yet now more proportionate scale.

exception
79
M83 follows an obvious but successful formula with Saturdays = Youth. Each song has a pretty explicit verse and chorus order, along with synth breaks to accompany that. The female vocals sound extremely generic, which is the albums largest flaw. Anthony's flat, whispy singing is one of my favorite aspects of M83's music, and when he is replaced it seems to be much less personal. Not to mention that the other singer sounds like pretty much any other radio electropop songstress. Aside from ... read more
NR
It's much better than Digital Shades Vol. 1. It is less grand than Before the Dawn Heals Us. Also, it avoids being overblown, a fault that was sometimes present in Before the Dawn. It definitely sounds like M83 and it's a very consistent record.
Sorrugis
80
Anthony Gonzalez has the tendency to dramatize a lot of his music as M83, either intentionally or unintentionally, to the point where some of it becomes rather corny and irritating (like a bad chick flick). A lot of his attempts at renditions of action movie scenes (Before The Dawn Heals Us) and overblown 80s pap (Hurry Up We're Dreaming) in general fall short. But on Saturdays=Youth, Gonzalez manages to pull together a cohesive set of songs that keep the corniness level to a low (aside from ... read more
owenmzollis
62
Favorite track: "Graveyard Girl"
Least favorite track: "Up!"
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DETAILS

April 15, 2008 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mute / Label
Ken Thomas, Ewan Pearson / Producer
ilovem83.com / Website
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 47 - Cokemachineglow
# 84 - Consequence of Sound
# 1 - Drowned in Sound
# 20 - FACT Magazine
# 27 - MOJO
# 4 - No Ripcord
# 45 - Paste
# 8 - Pitchfork
# 37 - PopMatters
Track List
  1. You, Appearing
  2. Kim & Jessie
  3. Skin of the Night
  4. Graveyard Girl
  5. Couleurs
  6. Up!
  7. We Own the Sky
  8. Highway of Endless Dreams
  9. Too Late
  10. Dark Moves of Love
  11. Midnight Souls Still Remain
  12. Until the Night Is Over" [iTunes bonus track]
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