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Reflektor

Reflektor

28 Oct 2013
4.4 out of 5 stars 233 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 28 Oct. 2013
  • Release Date: 28 Oct. 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universal Music Group International
  • Copyright: ℗© 2013 Arcade Fire Music, LLC
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  • Total Length: 1:15:06
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  • ASIN: B00G4XT602
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 233 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,869 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Arcade Fire? Just a band...and a hugely over hyped one at that which might go some way to explaining why this 'abstract' and 'difficult' 4th album has divided hard core fans and rock dullard music journalists.

My own personal hero worship of Arcade was a brief two year fling between 2005 and 2007 that ended once I had overplayed the rather brilliant 'Neon Bible' with its gorgeous deluxe CD boxset. By the time that 'The Suburbs' came along, I had totally lost interest, skipped that particularly album despite all the praise and nonsense written about it until a week or so again when 'Reflecktor' blasted out of the radio and lifted a sterile playlist full of Top 40 twerking junk.
Was this really Arcade Fire with a pulsating Giorgio Moroder bassline, deliciously offbeat vocal interplay within a indie disco stomper that was subversively altering the airwaves of Planet Pop? The title track was worthy of further investigation and after one play of both volumes, I was hooked once again by this curious Canadian band and giving the entire album another listen, followed by another listen.

The first thing that struck me about this album as a whole was its wonderful diversity - each track is so different and so brilliantly bonkers how they all build then wrong foot the listener with a nifty chord change or a curve ball in the form of a frantic finish within a clash of ideas. It is this unique brilliance across both volumes that inspires wonder with each play. LCD's James Murphy certainly adds something new and exciting to Arcade's already rich pallet of sounds but his input has been massively overstated by those who have rubbished the album.
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By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jan. 2017
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My feelings are very divided about Arcade Fire's fourth album. While I can happily nod along with much of the music and there are a few tracks I genuinely like a lot, I find the album, as a whole, very difficult to actually love. Much of it sounds smart, slick and classy (the title track is a good example) and that may as a result of working with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, but the group I fell head over heels in love with back in 2005 have transformed so much that, were it not for a couple of songs that give us a glimpse of their old selves, they would almost be unrecognisable to me. This album was partly inspired by a trip that Win and Regine made to Haiti (Regine's family's home country) and tracks such as the excellent Here Comes The Night Time are full of that influence, so it's not that I dislike progress, I applaud bands who have the ambition to evolve beyond one sound, but if the direction a band has gone in isn't exactly to your taste, there's no point in trying to force yourself to love an album out of some kind of misguided loyalty. However, despite an absence of true love for Reflektor, it's very easy to like and enjoy much of this double album (apart from the six minutes of soundscape nothingness at the end of Supersymmetry).

There are only a handful of songs on this release I'd call true favourites. Firstly, there's We Exist, which is fuelled by a deep, rolling bassline, grooving along menacingly before erupting into a typically mighty Arcade Fire chorus. Then there's the aforementioned Here Comes The Night Time which is genuinely delightful and, finally, Afterlife which combines those Haitian influences with a New Order vibe.
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I had avoided Arcade Fire for years because I didn't really understand their music. I'm not sure I do still, but I don't mean that in a bad way - since I bought Reflektor, I've been back and bought all their other stuff and watched countless concerts of theirs on Youtube. God I love them as a band and I'm kicking myself I didn't get into them earlier and I'm still noticing oodles of stuff I love about their music. I had always liked 'The Suburbs' song, but Reflektor had not figured on my radar till Youtube popped it up in a suggested selection a few weeks ago and the black and white picture of an industrial scene with metallic shutter, warehouses, and military truck meant I just had to play that video. And wow, is it good. That was it - I had to have the album and I immediately hit a problem because I didn't like two of the tracks - Here Comes The Night; and Flashbulb eyes. But this completely changed round because of some live performances I watched where I found that the glamorously sexy Regine Chassagne played the steel drums; and the saxophone parts are like bits of silken music enriching the rest of the song. And I love how Here Comes The Night starts fast, slows down, starts fast and slows down again. Reflektor does this a bit too, and Flashbulb Eyes has so much Reggae in it, it's brilliant and just a funny lighthearted song. All my kids love the album, my friends too. Oh - for the live performances, one of the best on YouTube is Arcade Fire at the Northside Festival in 2014 - a full unmixed version. If you're wavering over the album watch that and find your fingers automatically pressing the buy button! A very addictive album. I love them.
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