M83 - Junk
Critic Score
Based on 30 reviews
2016 Ratings: #836 / 926
User Score
Based on 349 ratings
2016 Ratings: #477
Liked by 3 people
April 8, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mute / Label
Synthpop / Genres
ilovem83.com / Website
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A.V. Club

It’s easily M83’s most challenging, best album to date.

Under The Radar

With Junk, Anthony Gonzalez challenges the expectations of the devotees of past M83 projects, guiding them to embellished fabrications of the follies of pop's past. After some period of acclimation, they might find the surfaces and textures of satin, glitter, and pink bubbles to be quite accommodating.

Pretty Much Amazing
Strangely enough, the album ends up pretty darn good in spite of its hackneyed self-awareness.
NOW Magazine
He masterfully weaves myriad sounds and structures - mainly late 70s- and early 80s-influenced - into a remarkably strong, cohesive unit.
While all listeners may not share his fascination with '80s pop culture detritus, it's hard not to respect how expertly he transforms it into something genuine.
The Line of Best Fit

Once Gonzalez has had his fun and begins to settle in to the ways of the old M83, but with a bit of a pop sheen to it, is when Junk works best. It’s just a shame you have to flick through the channels to find the gold.


With Junk, Gonzalez has taken M83 into a whole new galaxy that is just as ambitious and starry-eyed as everything that came before it.


Junk is disposable pop music, and it really doesn’t aspire to be much more than that.


It is in Anthony Gonzalez’ veins to make pop music where the listener will swoon, dream and ultimately smile. Despite the mournful lag in the middle of JUNK, that is what he does once again here – in his own inimitable way.


This kind of pure homage to slick '70s and'’80s FM ephemera is so exacting in places, it almost makes you wonder: What is the point of remaking this into something new?

The 405

Junk, unfortunately, lives up to the reason Gonzalez gave it its name; two songs that are highlights while the rest can be trashed, although it's not all that bad. It's a superficial thrill ride but without those evocative moments, that captivating emotional core, it lacks staying power.

Under The Radar

It's an admirable effort to not simply repeat a successful album, but Junk is more often pastiche than absorption or reconfiguration of '80s nostalgia.

Northern Transmissions

Junk sounds dated and not in a good way. It’s the songs that don’t go into total throwback mode that appeal the most.

They say good artists borrow and great artists steal, but here Gonzalez does neither — his heart doesn’t seem to be in the heist anymore.
Slant Magazine

On a base, per-song level, Junk is a sturdy little workhorse of an album.

The Guardian
It’s fantasy stuff – evocative rather than perceptive, and awfully cheesy. But it’s also incredibly refined.

Junk only seems to exacerbate the recycling of pop tropes that Gonzalez rails against, an emulation rather than a celebration. In this context, Junk is a deeply cynical record.

Consequence of Sound
It is possible to commodify nostalgia, but unless you have something unique to say about it, it’s no better than the Fry Kids and gummy cheeseburger on the cover: wacky and colorful, but also filled with empty calories.

Junk seemingly represents the band’s version of Metal Machine Music and Trans, the leap into Brechtian theatrics sounds and feels ironic. Except, it is not.

Drowned in Sound
It is indeed a statement, though a cheap and hollow one, worthy of its title. Frankly, you expect better.

‘Junk’ is a goofy supply of cheesy saxophone solos, equally silly synth lines and the Sad Robot aesthetic defining Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’.

Rolling Stone

As its title implies, Junk leans too heavily on the quirks from the past, rife with the least flattering odds and ends of a time long gone. If this record is supposed to evoke the hot shame of retroactive embarrassment – akin to gazing at your pizza-faced high school glamour shots – it passes with flying colors.

The Needle Drop
M83 returns with an album with more hollow nostalgia than quality tunes.
LOL? late april fools'
Part 7/8

It’s M83, but a whole a whole new sound.

I think that’s a good thing. After the masterpiece that was Hurry Up, Were Dreaming, I don’t think that M83 should have tried to replicate that sound, and I’m glad they didn’t, as Junk comes off as a fun album that’s a throwback to the past. One thing that cements this album as an oddity in the M83 discography is the abundance of features on the tracks. Half (7 out of 14) of the tracks have ... read more
Even though this is an incredibly uninspired and cliche album, it isn't complete shit. The 80's inspired synths are pretty smooth and very listenable, despite their lack of character and originality. I'm not the biggest fan of the band, but I've heard some other M83 songs and segments of albums. I know that this is far from a promising release, but it isn't the literal junk that I first thought it would be (aside from the filler galore all over the project).

fav track: Do It, Try It
The hate on this album is real. I'm not shocked that I found this album polarizing to critics and fans alike.
Oh my Junk
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Track List

  1. Do It, Try It
  2. Go! (feat. Mai Lan)
  3. Walkway Blues (feat. Jordan Lawlor)
  4. Bibi the Dog (feat. Mai Lan)
  5. Moon Crystal
  6. For the Kids (feat. Susanne Sundfør)
  7. Solitude
  8. The Wizard
  9. Laser Gun (feat. Mai Lan)
  10. Road Blaster
  11. Tension
  12. Atlantique Sud (feat. Mai Lan)
  13. Time Wind (feat. Beck)
  14. Ludivine
  15. Sunday Night 1987
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Added on: March 1, 2016