Reflektor - Arcade Fire
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8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 454 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 13 out of 454

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  1. May 15, 2014
    7
    Musically, Reflektor may be AF's most diverse album to date, full of unpredictable twists and turns that keep you hooked even when the songs themselves start to lag. However, as good as AF are, the benefits do not outweigh the one glaring problem beneath this album: the lack of focus, of harmony. Every other AF album works like a story, with every song tying in to one concentric goal. OnMusically, Reflektor may be AF's most diverse album to date, full of unpredictable twists and turns that keep you hooked even when the songs themselves start to lag. However, as good as AF are, the benefits do not outweigh the one glaring problem beneath this album: the lack of focus, of harmony. Every other AF album works like a story, with every song tying in to one concentric goal. On Reflektor, it seems at times that AF are trying to do that, but it's never clear if this is supposed to be Haitian music or "Rock 'n roll" or whether its theme is concerned with social isolation or break-ups or ranting against Western missionaries. The lyrics are clunky and witless, a huge disappointment considering how much emotion and heart was put into The Suburbs. It's not a bad album, but the lack of focus makes it feel schizophrenic at cluttered. Expand
  2. Oct 24, 2014
    5
    i would much like to know how many times did you hear this album compared with the previous ones, is not a bad album, is Arcade Fire so it cant be bad but i can only grasp 3 songs to keep it on play-list along with almost every song of past albums.
  3. Dec 4, 2014
    8
    A brave move. The couple have a great harmony especially in 'Orpheus.' The album doesn't quite stack up to the live performance (Big Day Out 2014) nonetheless this is a fine album that deserves repeat listenings. 'Porno' and 'Normal Person' are made particularly edgy by the lyrics and consistent verses while Reflektor, the signature hit of the two discs, hints at self reflection as well asA brave move. The couple have a great harmony especially in 'Orpheus.' The album doesn't quite stack up to the live performance (Big Day Out 2014) nonetheless this is a fine album that deserves repeat listenings. 'Porno' and 'Normal Person' are made particularly edgy by the lyrics and consistent verses while Reflektor, the signature hit of the two discs, hints at self reflection as well as a father-son relationship analysis.
    Not all of the album is top notch: 'Eurydice' and 'Joan of Arc' appear laboured while 'Supersymetry' can be politely classified as a filler song -not the glittering conclusion that the band might've intended. Overall; not quite Neon Bible, but an original effort from increasingly eclectic group of artists.
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80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 48 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. Dec 18, 2013
    90
    The double-disc, dual volume album that results is one that finds the Canadian seven-piece sounding liberated, from stylistic and budgetary constraints both. [No. 105, p.52]
  2. Dec 16, 2013
    80
    As it stands, Reflektor is Arcade Fire’s most diverse and sonically interesting work to date.
  3. Nov 21, 2013
    67
    As a whole, there are throwaway tracks ("Porno") and overstayed welcomes (ambiguous anthem "We Exist"), Butler playing roulette with themes: the pains of indie rock ("Normal Person"), star-crossed Greek mythology ("Awful Sound [Oh Eurydice]," "It's Never Over [Oh Orpheus]"), and existential despair ("Afterlife").