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M83, ‘Saturdays = Youth’ (Mute)

French electronic producer Anthony Gonzalez has always teetered between technological brilliance and oversynthesized pomposity. But his fourth album finally tips the balance, as it replicates the pimply, overwrought teen steam of John Hughes flicks and Tangerine Dream soundtracks. Only a few compelling songs, particularly the lush darkwave instrumental “Couleurs” and the breezy shoegaze rock of “Graveyard Girl,” emerge from the bathos. M83 needs to step out of the ’80s and back into the future.

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