The Best Albums of 2011: #7

M83: Hurry Up We’re Dreaming

It says a lot about M83’s new album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming that it made it’s way onto my favorites of 2011. I say that because I generally find double albums unnecessarily long. And while the album’s length ultimately prevents it from being tops, #7 on the list ain’t half bad. But enough about me, let’s talk about the album, which is, well damn good. The music builds upon the heavily synthed 80’s throwback sound of the group’s previous album Saturdays = Youth (a great album in and of itself). But the two are not carbon copies of one another. Where Saturdays sounds like the soundtrack to a John Hughes movie, Hurry Up sounds more like the score to a French action-film.  Don’t worry, it’s not an instrumental album. It’s just that the lyrics and vocals are almost entirely incidental to the music, which is enthralling, grandiose, and oh yeah…very LOUD. Sure, lead singer/mastermind Anthony Gonzalez’ vocals ring through. But mostly, the vocals seem to accompany the music, as opposed to the other way around, which incidentally isn’t a bad thing.  While there are strong moments on both sides of the double album on Hurry Up, the first one is noticeably better, containing a string of great songs to start the album, including the single “Midnight City.” Overall Hurry Up is a little long in the tooth, but the sheer force of the music makes Hurry Up well worth the price of admission.

Select Cuts: Intro, Midnight City, Reunion, Claudia Lewis.

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