Reflektor - Arcade Fire
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  • Summary: The double album from the Canadian indie rock band was produced with James Murphy and Markus Dravs.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. Oct 29, 2013
    While the first disc winds its way sporadically through the humid alleys and hazy bars of a multi-dimensional shantytown, the second half explodes outward upon the magnificent vista of symphonic discotheque.
  2. Sep 27, 2013
    Reflektor is closer to turning-point classics such as U2's Achtung Baby and Radiohead's Kid A--a thrilling act of risk and renewal by a band with established commercial appeal and a greater fear of the average, of merely being liked.
  3. Dec 18, 2013
    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]
  4. Oct 24, 2013
    It is exhaustingly, daringly, bafflingly brilliant, but you might want to lie down in a dark room after listening.
  5. Oct 28, 2013
    The finish provides a slow comedown from the buzz of the album’s first half--which by itself ranks with Arcade Fire’s best, most challenging work. The textural experiments of Part 2 can’t keep pace.
  6. Nov 7, 2013
    Reflektor hits too many high points to entirely consider it a failure, and despite its convoluted lyrical content and overreaching scope it still crosses the double album finish line with satisfactory results.
  7. Sep 30, 2013
    ‘It’s Never Over’ is this band’s best TV On The Radio impression, and ‘Porno’ almost goes G-funk: a pleasant surprise. But undercooked electronics, impotent rhetoric, too-familiar crescendo-ing structures and an overall feeling that this needs further post-production attention render Reflektor an entirely substandard album.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 97
  2. Negative: 2 out of 97
  1. Oct 29, 2013
    The best summary of modern music in two quite different discs. Various feelings is going to rip you apart while you consume this masterpiece. Hint: listen it at least 3 times before judging Expand
  2. Oct 30, 2013
    It has been a long time since I have heard a new album that is as creative, exciting, and fun as Reflektor. This is the sound of a band at the top of their game. I don't know how long their run of outstanding albums is going to last, but I for one am going to enjoy the ride. Expand
  3. Nov 1, 2013
    I you claim to be a Music lover, this is the kind of music you should be listening.
    Its a wonderful experience from start to end, its
    emotional, exiting, its a dream come true, The Great Arcade Fire did it again, and perfectly. Expand
  4. Nov 22, 2013
    In many ways, Arcade Fire has nestled in among some of the great names of alt-rock. A modern day Joy Division? perhaps R.E.M? I hear so many different styles in their music, including a Yes like guitar and harmony in Awful Sound. The album challenges the listener to sometimes say out-loud, wow this sounds like It leaves you thinking about all the great 80's bands you grew up hearing, or are just discovering. It's a great listen and some people may say, oh those guys are bombastic, but I rarely used that word in daily conversation, so I choose to ignore those people. If you want to hear some fresh alternative rock, this is a solid effort from the Canadian, Internationally influenced Arcade Fire. Expand
  5. Nov 7, 2013
    Totally unlike their first three albums and brilliant for it. Funeral, Neon Bible and The Suburbs are some of my favourite albums of all time but it takes real balls to take such a left turn and takes real genius to make it as good as this.
    First listen will probably leave you a bit dazed and confused but give it two or three before passing judgement.
  6. Dec 29, 2013
    8.5/10. I was fearing the worst before hearing anything off this album. But I love it. Unexpectedly, it actually has some of Arcade Fire's finest moments, like the throbbing pulse of "It's Never Over" and the majestic pop of "Afterlife". The rockist "Normal Person" builds up to a satisfying crescendo, and the closing track "Supersymmetry" lulls beautifully before going on a bit too long with the tape hiss afterwards. Expand
  7. Oct 30, 2013
    Has to be the most overrated album I have heard in a long time. I loved arcade fires first two albums, the suburbs was decent but a bit long and drawn out. They have tried something different with this album which i have nothing against but this simply isn't enjoyable listen to. Every single song could be cut by three minutes. Once you think your enjoying one song it drags on for no apparent reason for another three minutes. The only critical review i agree with is clash. Very disappointing. Collapse

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