Reflektor (CD)


Arcade Fire

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Brad Schelden, Hollywood 12/01/2013

Arcade Fire is back. For some reason feel loyal to a band like this. I was a huge fan of their first album. And they are seriously one of the best bands to see live. I like that they have consistently put out an album every 3 years. The album was co-produced by James Murphy. It is maybe a bit dancier than albums of theirs in the past. But if you never liked Arcade Fire you probably still won't like Arcade Fire. But I still love them. And always will.


10/28/2013

The amazing new album from Arcade Fire proves the band was, and is, worthy of all that damn praise and hype that's been heaped upon the band since its inception. It also proves you can teach an old dog new tricks, as the band largely ditches the orchestral indie rock of their previous releases in favor of lean, mean groove-oriented jams. This isn't to say Reflektor is somehow less complex than their earlier work; the title track alone is a seven-and-a-half minute odyssey that sets the tone for an album that gives listeners a dance song while seemingly satirizing itself at the same time—are they the reflectors, repeating past sounds for the sake of accessibility? Are we the mirrors, reflecting what we want onto our musicians? It poses interesting artistic questions while giving us visceral thrills. Reflektor continues with more pensive groovers. "We Exist" pulls off a "Billie Jean" rip through "Reflektor's" staging of borrowed sounds, yet its also a silky rocker worthy of its own ripoffs, peeling into half-time chorus that that keeps listeners on their toes. The band successfully ventures into dub reggae on "Flashbulb Eyes"—no really, don't roll your eyes until you hear it—which moves into the tribal opening of "Here Comes the Night," making use of the band's many-membered setup for a dynamic, smooth jam that questions the concept of heaven in an accessible way, much as their forebears in Talking Heads did on "Heaven." "Normal Person" is like a response to The Suburbs' "Roccoco," which took hipsters to task for pretentiousness—this Robert Palmer-style rocker asks, "Is anything as strange as a normal person?" Reflektor's second half struggles for the same energy as its first, it offers the kind of sonic exploration the band perhaps hasn't always let itself undergo, like venturing into krautrock on "Porno," and more of the sort of spiritual questioning posed on "Here Comes the Night" pops up on "Afterlife," a much-wanted followup to The Suburbs' "The Sprawl II." It's a lot to take in at once, but you could listen to Reflektor ten times in a row and find a new song or idea to latch onto that you hadn't noticed before. It's the next logical step for a band who has carefully considered each release thus far, and it's also one of the year's best.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
0.
Untitled [Hidden Track]
Arcade Fire 10:02
1.
Reflektor
Arcade Fire 07:33
2.
We Exist
Arcade Fire 05:43
3.
Flashbulb Eyes
Arcade Fire 02:42
4.
Here Comes The Night Time
Arcade Fire 06:30
5.
Normal Person
Arcade Fire 04:22
6.
You Already Know
Arcade Fire 03:59
7.
Joan Of Arc
Arcade Fire 05:24


Disc 2 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Here Comes The Night Time II
Arcade Fire 02:51
2.
Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice)
Arcade Fire 06:13
3.
It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus)
Arcade Fire 06:42
4.
Porno
Arcade Fire 06:02
5.
Afterlife
Arcade Fire 05:52
6.
Supersymmetry / Untitled [Hidden]
Arcade Fire 11:16

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