Sound — 9
After the split of Anthony Gonzalez from his partner Nicolas Fromageau, there is a definite change in sound on this album. Anthony has a much more melodic ear this time around and a lot more included vocals then on "Dead Cities". However some things stay the same. The album still has a concept/story feel to it and it still maintains it's beautiful mix of electronics and guitars.
Lyrics — 8
There are many more lyrics on this album then "Dead Cities", and they have twice the effect then any samples used previously. Beautiful writing accompanies the beautiful melodies Anthony composes. Unfortunately, you hear a lot more of Anthony's reverby voice, which some may dislike. I didn't really have a problem with it, but some will. Some songs include little mini-stories, rather then lyrics (i.e. "Moonchild", "Car Chase Terror").
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, M83 still remains brilliant despite the loss of one member. This record supplies some of their most beutiful material yet, including the singles, naturally, "Teen Angst" (whose video I chanced watching on Fuse for some once in a lifetime coincidence) and "Don't Save Us From The Flames" (also with a video). Then there were standouts such as "Asterisk" and the duo "Car Chase Terror/Slight Night Shiver".