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  • Summary: The fifth full-length studio release for the Canadian indie rock band was co-produced with Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter, Portishead's Geoff Barrow, Markus Dravs, and Pulp's Steve Mackey.
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Everything Now
Every inch of sky's got a star Every inch of skin's got a scar I guess we've got everything now Every inch of space in your head Is filled up with... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 39
  2. Negative: 5 out of 39
  1. 100
    Departures in sound are often unwelcome when we're already so happy with where a beloved band are, but, in this case, their experiments are a complete success.
  2. Jul 27, 2017
    80
    Their ambition is never in doubt though, and Everything Now brings some of their most sky-reaching moments yet.
  3. Magnet
    Aug 15, 2017
    80
    Arcade Fire's tightest and tersest album since 2004's Funeral is by far its least ambitious, and the band is cool to riff on this. [No. 145, p.53]
  4. Jul 24, 2017
    60
    While there is still plenty to love here, Everything Now feels like Arcade Fire's first non-essential album which is a serious matter given their illustrious back-catalogue.
  5. Jul 27, 2017
    60
    There are songs worth hearing and genuinely thrilling music here--but rather a flawed one.
  6. Jul 28, 2017
    56
    Butler’s commitment to the detached frontman where singing occurs barely or not at all robs songs of their emotional largesse, that basic thing we licensed to Arcade Fire and upon which their entire identity relies. What saving grace there is on Everything Now is scattered throughout its mercifully short 47 minutes.
  7. Jul 27, 2017
    20
    Everything Now isn’t so much a misstep as a faceplant, hitting every wrong note with the same precision they hit every right one on Funeral. It’s a compositional mess, somehow both gratuitously moralising and morally repugnant, duller than watching already-dry paint.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 65
  2. Negative: 9 out of 65
  1. Jul 28, 2017
    10
    You may not like it.
    You may think it's a departure from everything they've done.
    The funk is real, the disco influence is real, the rock is
    You may not like it.
    You may think it's a departure from everything they've done.
    The funk is real, the disco influence is real, the rock is real.

    Arcade Fire has set out to make THE dance rock album, and they've soared.
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  2. Aug 1, 2017
    9
    It's just a different direction from their usual sound. They experimented a bit with Reflektor and it was brilliant but with this theyIt's just a different direction from their usual sound. They experimented a bit with Reflektor and it was brilliant but with this they explored the genre of dance music a bit more with dark themes in the lyrics' subject matter. This may be the weakest album in Arcade Fire discography but definitely a strong record on its own. Expand
  3. Aug 15, 2017
    8
    Obviously, this album is not up to the usual standard of Arcade Fire, but it is still brilliant in it's own little way. Songs like EverythingObviously, this album is not up to the usual standard of Arcade Fire, but it is still brilliant in it's own little way. Songs like Everything Now, Creature Comfort, Put Your Money on Me and We Don't Deserve Love make this album great, but songs like Infinite Content, Chemistry and Good God Damn ruin the album and can easily be some of the worst songs Arcade Fire have ever produced. But, there are elements of Reflektor in this album, as well as tiny influences of Funeral and possibly The Suburbs, which makes this album get an 8 from me. Expand
  4. Jul 30, 2017
    7
    This album may not be their best, but they still know how to deliver. Songs such as Everything Now, Creature Comfort, and Blue Electric areThis album may not be their best, but they still know how to deliver. Songs such as Everything Now, Creature Comfort, and Blue Electric are very beautiful, with Creature Comfort even bringing me to tears. The thing that bothers me most are how some of the songs feel repetitive with its lyrics; such as Peter Pan, Chemistry, and Infinite Content. Expand
  5. Jul 28, 2017
    5
    The album fails to deliver interesting new sound with its spicy take, some influences from less mainstream genres like Ska couldnt make thisThe album fails to deliver interesting new sound with its spicy take, some influences from less mainstream genres like Ska couldnt make this album sound special. Creature Comfort is a balls to the walls statement about modern culture with amazing sound, the album shouldve kept that level of fun, instead we got just a very dull synth-pop experience. Expand
  6. Jul 28, 2017
    4
    I don't know where to start. It's a sad day on which I have to admit that Arcade Fire did not make exactly a 'good' record. The whole conceptI don't know where to start. It's a sad day on which I have to admit that Arcade Fire did not make exactly a 'good' record. The whole concept of 'Everything Now' seems meaningless, and sonically the album is all over the place (they didn't know if they wanted to make a pop, rock, classical, or electro album, so they made it all of the above (?)), and for the most part underwhelming.

    The lyrics come across as shallow at several places (hearing them reciting the days of the week in the 3rd verse of 'Signs of Life' made me cringe), and can get very repetitive (how many times can one say the word "chemistry" in one song, which is also called.. you guessed it! 'Chemistry'). Smart lyrics like "We can live/ I don't feel like dying" can't save the song 'Peter Pan' when the actual chorus starts with a line as idiotically-simple as "Be my Wendy/ I'll be your Peten Pan".

    Another annoying thing was the two 'Infinite Content' tracks right there at the middle of the album: they just chose to have the same track twice, the first one being a rock version, and the second a slowed-down acoustic one. WHY?!?!?!

    On a more positive note, tracks like 'Everything Now', 'Creature Comfort', and 'Electric Blue', though dispersed (you wouldn't imagine these three songs are on the same record), make for enjoyable listens and are worthy of a couple of plays. Also, the way the record feels like it's on a loop, ending right where it started, is a nice touch on the concept of the EVERYTHING NOW.

    In conclusion, this album is definitely the worst one Arcade Fire have ever done, and when lead-singer Win asks us in 'Good God Damn' to "put your favourite record on", we will not blast "Everything Now".
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  7. Jan 15, 2020
    0
    Decepcionante, Arcade Fire se desviou do seu caminho que era mostrar arte para seu público, e eles acabaram engolidos pela própriaDecepcionante, Arcade Fire se desviou do seu caminho que era mostrar arte para seu público, e eles acabaram engolidos pela própria auto-ironia, ironizar a si mesmo é algo muito perigoso que poucas bandas conseguiram com sucesso vender sua proposta, o U2 com o álbum POP conseguiu, mas fora bastante criticado na época, no entanto, o álbum é muito maior que e tinham músicas artisticamente lindas, diferente de Everything Now que só gerou músicas esquecíveis, salvo a exceção da música de abertura. Expand

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