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Anthony Gonzalez, the mastermind behind M83, has said that his sixth studio album and current masterpiece, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, was inspired by the Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. It is undeniable that both are double albums, but it's hard to find many other similarities. Where Mellon Collie is a self-indulgent exercise in weltschmerz, Hurry Up crackles with synthy optimism. If Hurry Up is about dreams, they're really nice ones, the kind where you wake up full of good vibes. The carefully composed electronic elements are layered with vocals, woodwinds, and every conceivable type of percussion. Gonzalez even manages to include samples of boats and trains and children talking without any appearance of self-indulgence. It's possible that the ebullience owes something to Gonzalez having moved to LA from his native France before recording, but I think Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Beck's longtime bass player and Gonzalez's co-producer, had a little something to do with it. REBECCA WILSON

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