After five years inhabiting some fairly spectacular aural realms; an opulent dreamworld and a couple of lush soundtracks, Junk sees m83 returning to a far simpler musical world.

In many ways, Junk comes across as a companion to Saturday's=Youth, a twin or a natural successor to the aforementioned album, the two fit quite nicely together when listened to in a short space of time due to the focus on tighter song structures. Whereas Saturday's=Youth is a highly nostalgic and emotional ride through Anthony Gonzalez's youth in the '80s, Junk celebrates and showcases a different aspect of Gonzalez's infatuation with the '80s - the more superficial side. Junk is full of gloss, eclecticism and arresting bubblegum melodies but it lacks an emotional core, the kind that elevated the past few m83 projects to a bigger, better level.

Junk, unfortunately, lives up to the reason Gonzalez gave it its name; two songs that are highlights while the rest can be trashed, although it's not all that bad. It's a superficial thrill ride but without those evocative moments, that captivating emotional core, it lacks staying power.