Lacking M83's usual energy and creative spark.

Words by

Luke Forester

M83 are walking a very fine line.

Album to album they've moved closer to ’80s shtick and with Junk, it seems they may have taken a step too far. Despite a couple of tracks that wouldn't feel out of place on 2011's Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, most of the new material sounds like a soundtrack to a parody John Hughes film.

Highlights ‘Go!’ and ‘Solitude’ do stand out as propulsive, modern re-interpretations of early synth pop, but it’s steadily downhill from there. And not in a very good way.

Lacking the usual energy and creative spark you'd come to expect from M83, Junk honestly feels rushed and aptly, considering the album title, it's just a bit of a mess.


This review was originally published in Fashion Journal issue 157. You can read the full issue here.

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Feat. all the worst Californian rock clichés.
It’s the fun, jaunty-pop we’ve come to know Arcade Fire for.
Looks like this New Orleans band has finally hit its stride.
A fat bunch of hits does not an album make.
An all-out glam rock album.
Is it wrong to want more?
A debut album four years in the making.
Frankly, not their best work.
A voice for the angry.
The little electro band that could.
This is the classic Garbage sound I grew up with.
You've made us proud.
Thanks to Bey, Tidal's finally making waves.
Strangely underwhelming.
Could've used a little more soul.
The future of pop music.
Much like his twitter account, it's a bit of a mess.
Clearly a very personal album for frontman, Kele.
That Rihanna reign just don't let up.
There's still nobody out there with a voice like this.