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This is music at the eye of the paradox. And i love Porno,
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Define the eye of the paradox in musical terms you say? Well, I just know that loads of people will hate this record as much as love it. Take the track Porno for example. To me right now it sounds wonderfully chilled and frenetic all at once - it jolts along with an enchanting eclectic 80's ultravox slant but still sounds so new. The ending of the track aches with longing and for me is music heaven. The next track starts like a New Order anthem - that would be Afterlife. I can't help feeling like the musical influences have been far from ignored by Win and co.
I may change the track order to start with CD (or side) 2 - Reflektor track sounds more alive than ever straight after Supersymmetry and side 2 is the saving grace of the whole record. This is because side 1 contains one clear disappointment and that is the track 'Here Comes the night time' which to me is inferior to the more live sounding version currently on youtube. So I guess it's going to be a seriously kick ass tour if a lot of the tracks work better live. In this case Here comes the Night Time sounds to deep for want of a better word - the base balance is too heavy and the build to the highlight of the track feels slightly deadened compared to the video version.
Mayhap if I could I would give this album 4.5 stars and not the full 5 just for that reason. All else fits together nicely. It is a challenging listen too. But for someone like me who loves music which requires you to step back and re-assess your outlook, this is a walk in the park. And a perfectly brilliant park too. One with a nice quiet spot where you can admire the golden sunset reflecting off the monstrous buildings which surround you.
I admit I have similar feelings towards the Suburbs Album - tracks will come and go as highlights and change over time - but for me this is the important characteristic of all their albums save Neon Bible (for me N.B. Is the inferior record of the four because there seems to be less to discover) - Reflektor sits nicely at the top of the pile in terms of risk taking, innovation and beauty with the sounds themselves. To me it feels like an inverted homage to the electro 80s, the silly 90s, and the over serious 21st Century popular music scene. Modern Pop Art gone mad with the love of breaking and twisting rock / pop tropes around a nice thick stick of experimental voodoo.
I love it right now - perhaps tomorrow I will hate it. But then I know I will want it back again.......eventually. There....the eye of the musical paradox.