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MagnetDec 18, 2013The 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]
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.
Oct 30, 2013Reflektor is a masterpiece .I found The Suburbs a bit AOR made for the lovers of country music and far away from the FuneralReflektor is a masterpiece .I found The Suburbs a bit AOR made for the lovers of country music and far away from the Funeral spirit This one puts them in the game again This really amazing alternative music .I almost scream when i hear Win singing so sexy on the Normal Person intro "Do you like rock n roll music cuz i don't know if i do". Epic album the best of the year with James Blake Daft Punk My Bloody Valentine and Kurt Vile … Expand
Nov 1, 2013I 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, itsI 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
Oct 29, 2013The best summary of modern music in two quite different discs. Various feelings is going to rip you apart while you consume this masterpiece.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
Mar 11, 2015Il en a fait du chemin ce petit groupe de Montréal. En 2011 c’était plutôt Who the **** Is Arcade Fire? Que s’est-il passé depuis deux ansIl en a fait du chemin ce petit groupe de Montréal. En 2011 c’était plutôt Who the **** Is Arcade Fire? Que s’est-il passé depuis deux ans pour qu’Arcade Fire devienne un groupe majeur et planétaire ? En dépit de l’évolution fulgurante de la musique Indie, le groupe montréalais s’est démarqué en continuant d’œuvrer sur la scène underground en plus d’utiliser sa notoriété pour mener à terme des projets spécifiques et typiquement AF. Les clips interactifs, les courts-métrages et autres spectacles secrets font maintenant partie intégrante du projet. Cela ne constitue cependant pas une place au top du palmarès. L’engouement qui a découlé du méga projet marketing derrière l’album a servi l’album dans le sens ou même avant sa sortie, c’était déjà une entité solide et distincte. Mieux encore, l’album nous a été présenté comme un véritable évènement. Sa diffusion en simultané sur Youtube, en plus d’avoir contrecarré à court terme les fuites sur internet, a permis au monde entier de profiter de l’album en même temps. Un tour de force si nous prenons en considérations le rythme incessant du 21e siècle. Ils, pour reprendre les mots d’un chroniqueur, nous ont offert un moment. C’est vrai. Impossible de ne pas parler de l’album en tant que tel. Contrairement aux autres œuvres présentées dans ce top 10, pas besoin d’une douzaine d’écoutes pour apprécier la nouvelle direction empruntée par le groupe. Réparti sur deux albums, Reflektor offre deux types d’états d’âme. Le premier, plus confortable et enivrant alors que le deuxième est plus pointu et revendicateur. La touche de James Murphy est à la fois omniprésente mais discrète. Il m’apparait évident qu’il a servi l’authenticité du nouveau son d’Arcade Fire plus que les compositions en général. Reflektor est un produit dérivé des réalités qu’avait à offrir l’année 2013. Il faut croire qu’Arcade Fire était vraiment pile dans le temps.… Expand
Nov 4, 2013Arcade Fire returns three years after the release of their Grammy-winning Album of the Year, "The Suburbs" with their new double-disc setArcade Fire returns three years after the release of their Grammy-winning Album of the Year, "The Suburbs" with their new double-disc set "Reflektor" a sprawling, ambitious work containing 13 tracks.
As you listen to the album, it's evident that Arcade Fire is one of the few modern rock bands that can properly construct a song in the classic sense with strong melodic hooks and intelligent lyrics. Like "The Suburbs", this is another 'zeitgeist' album that reflects the spirit of our times.
The sound of this album is unlike any other in the band's catalog. Thick with bass synths and a fuller drum sound, it sounds huge, and there's a real emphasis on rhythm this time, inspired by the band's 2011 and 2012 trips to Haiti and Jamaica. "Here Comes the Night Time" is a highlight that switches tempo between a lilting Caribbean swing incorporating steel drums, to a frantic Haitian rara percussive assault at the apex of the song.
Opening track "Reflektor", is another strong entry that sees lead vocalist Win Butler and wife Regine Chassange trading intertwined vocal lines over a conga-based beat. Rock legend David Bowie contributes backup vocals as the track builds to a sax and string-laden climax.
"We Exist" is another dance-oriented tune with a bass-line similar to Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean". This is a good showcase for Arcade Fire's arrangement skills. They've taken a classic 3-minute pop single and extended it beyond 5 minutes through variations on the chorus hook and an extended bridge. Organ chords enter and play off against rising strings as the song reaches a crescendo in its final minute.
Other notable tracks:
- "Normal Person" with an explosive punk chorus that recalls Blur's "Song 2".
- "Joan of Arc" a very catchy number with Regine adding French vocal lines ("Jeanne d'Arc oohhh...").
- "It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus) pure 1980's epic new wave driven by bass synth, recalling New Order and Ultravox.
- "Porno" an hypnotic keyboard-based track with subtle variations on the main hook that keeps it interesting throughout. Another track that recalls 80s UK-based synth bands, with a touch of Roxy Music.
- "Afterlife" probably the most radio-friendly song that Arcade Fire has released. Big, rhythmic and celebratory.
Lyrical themes: Duality; our digital age and its tenuous connections; lovers separated and reunited; the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice (Win & Regine?) to name just a few.
Flaws: The bass synths can weigh down some of the tracks. Songs like "Flashbulb Eyes" and "You Already Know" come off as throw-aways, lacking lyrical substance.
Final thoughts: Side 2 is stronger on record, but the tracks on side one sound great in a live setting. Overall, a very solid album that aims high and mostly succeeds.… Expand
Nov 16, 2013This album is well articulated, thoughtful piece of art. Reflektor the single, was released months in advance and I loved the track and it'sThis album is well articulated, thoughtful piece of art. Reflektor the single, was released months in advance and I loved the track and it's disco influence and I was already geared up for the album. The lyrical content is always important with Arcade Fire and I love what they talk about here and how they discuss it. My only critique would probably be the very end with supersymmetry. I had saw that it was 11minutes and was excited to hear what they explore but the last 2 3 minutes was this annoying sound that just continued to a halt. And that was the ending of the album. Other than that, it was a great album with great songs.… Expand
Oct 30, 2013Has 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 longHas 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.… Expand
Published: December 4, 2013Throughout the coming weeks, we'll be collecting year-end top 10 album lists from dozens of music critics, publications, record stores, and other sources. Find individual lists and this year's cumulative rankings inside.
Awards & Rankings
|Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [50th Anniversary Edition Deluxe Version] - The Beatles|
|DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar|
|Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, 1984-2014 [Box Set] - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds|
|Singles: The Definitive 45's Collection - Sun Ra|
|Kickin Child: Lost Columbia Album 1965 - Dion|
|A Crow Looked at Me - Mount Eerie|
|Black Origami - Jlin|
|Singles [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] [Deluxe Edition] - Various Artists|
|Eternity, In Your Arms - Creeper|
|The Order of Time - Valerie June|
|50 Song Memoir - Magnetic Fields|
|Leftism 22 [Reissue] - Leftfield|
|Fantasizing About Being Black - Otis Taylor|
|Guppy - Charly Bliss|
|Obituary - Obituary|
|The Thin Black Duke - Oxbow|
|Run the Jewels 3 - Run the Jewels|
|Arca - Arca|
|More Scared of You than You Are of Me - The Smith Street Band|
|What in the Natural World - Jake Xerxes Fussell|