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Before The Dawn Heals Us

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 25 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00070Q8HC
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,442 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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

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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I wont even try to give a professional review of the album. I will simply say it's one of my favorites and I wish everyone owned a copy.
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Very happy with this LP. Sounds great. Didn't come with a CD as advertised though (it did come with an MP3 download card however).
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5.0 out of 5 stars What I want to be playing at my funeral Sept. 17 2007
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This is one emotional album. To compare it to any other M83 albums would be difficult. While all their CD are great, Before the Dawn... in my opinion is a step up in the maturity level of the lyrics and in song craft compared to the likes of Dead Cities.. I suppose that Before the Dawn.. could be more compared to Natural Disaster era Anathema. Its really the same sort of thing, melancholy lyrics with beautiful passages paired with some female vocals.
If you are an emotional sort, these songs may take you to places you dont want to be. They are very fatalistic and beautifully morose. I personally dont see too much redemption in this CD as some of these reviewers do, but thats up to interpretation. It just isnt a very happy CD. If I ever feel the need to do "the deed" this album will be right up there with Alternative 4 and Brave Murder day.
In summery all the tracks are outstanding. Hell, at the risk of being a wimp they made me cry out loud. Its that emotional. Dont get me wrong its a sweet album and I feel if you didnt get it you would be missing out.
5.0 out of 5 stars New artist to me Aug. 4 2016
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Not familiar with this band. Orders to get 1 song off the album that I like. If the other titles are like it , I will be very please.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars June 28 2016
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Beautiful album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Expressionist Techno-Horror Aug. 15 2005
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It may have been the melancholic, existential fog I found myself in, brought on by the high speeds, searing hot pavement, glistening metal, and pitiless faces I encountered on the highway as I rammed my way back to town from a weekend on the shore, but repeated listenings of this grim ambient opera drove it deep into my weary post-9/11 soul. The melodies shift between eerie beauty, trance-like ambient, and industrial horror. What sounds lush and ethereal at first becomes gorgeously mechanistic by the end of the track. The lyrics are trippy and dark, bleak and violent. As the Amazon reviewer hints, this album brought me back to a younger, braver time, coming down off a powerful trip--the sky was just beginning to show light and my fellow travelers were making less sense. The universe seemed to sit clearly before me, glowing a little around the edges, but composed of amoral matter and ruthless energy, nothing more. The Gargoyle
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent, yet extremely listenable Sept. 20 2005
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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. Some of these even tend to recall Vangelis' more ambient pieces at times, such as the lush "Let Men Burn Stars", in which some people make some fireworks explode in the sky as the song plays. It sounds ridiculous and hopelessly romantic, and it probably is. On the other hand, the approach is original and is certainly more abstract than any of those corny songs you'll hear on the FM radio.

However, there are times where indulgence gets a bit too much within the album's way. "Car Chase Terror", while being a decent track composition-wise, is ruined by incredibly corny B-movie dialogue which is about a woman being scared by a killer, piling up line after line such as "Don't you worry butterfly, mommy will keep the killer away...". Its cringe-worthy and cliché approach just fail to add up to the album as a whole as it feels too disconnected. "Fields, Shorelines and Hunters" is more of a filler track as well, featuring some rather corny, uplifting melodies and an annoying drum track.

This album is ultimately not a great jump up from the group's former album, the more ambient-driven and pastoral "Dead Cities..." but this album has enough uniqueness to satisfy fans of the former outing of the band whilst attracting other open-minded music fans. Anyone who is into shoegaze rock like My Bloody Valentine (to whom M83 have been compared a lot to) or slower, pop-oriented electronic bands such as Air should find something to enjoy here, provided you have the required patience to wade through some of the album's occasional stabs at indulgence. Definitely worth a listen.