Labels - 2005 - 61 minutes

At the end of Michael Mann's film 'Thief' James Cann's character wreaks a bloody revenge, backed by a powerful score from Tangerine Dream. If M83's Anthony Gonzalez was recording 25 years ago, he'd have given Mann some sleepless nights about who he should feature on the soundtrack.

Frenchman Gonzalez's music sounds better without anyone else - its epic quality more suited to an empty cinema than either company or whatever speakers you have rigged up in the outside world. He earned the fascination of many with 2003's 'Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts', and at its best 'Before the Dawn Heals Us'' bonfire of guitars and synths burns bigger and brighter.

At 61 minutes however, Gonzalez can't sustain the intensity and during the second half of the album cynicism can creep in, making you think of him as either Air with more pedals and larger amps or too devoted to My Bloody Valentine.

Still you won't have any doubts that there's better from Gonzalez to come - and hopefully shorter.

Harry Guerin

Tracklisting: Moonchild - Don't Save Us From the Flames - In the Cold I'm Standing - Farewell/Goodbye - Fields, Shorelines and Hunters - * - I Guess I'm Floating - Teen Angst - Can't Stop - Safe - Let Men Burn Stars - Car Chase Terror! - Slight Night Shiver - A Guitar and a Heart - Lower Your Eyelids to Die with the Sun