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Arcade Fire - Reflektor

by Greg Spencer Rating:7.5 Release Date:2013-10-28

Arcade Fire are a band who have soared above everyone in their field when it comes to the indie-rock sector. They've won Grammy and Brit awards in the past few years but now with their latest album comes the most daunting challenge yet for the Quebec sextet, surpassing 2010's worldwide and critical success, The Suburbs.

The opening and title track is a seven minute beast. It has everything you need from a 2013 indie opener; its catchy, has grooves coming out of every orifice and has hints of the 80s homage that we've come to love from this band and the genre in general. It gets the album off to a fine start that's continued in second track, 'We Exist', even if the song does blend into the background slightly, hardly standing among the best Arcade Fire material.

'Normal Person' sounds at times like a Nick Cave number, but there's light at the end of the tunnel when the guitars really kick in. That's the great thing about Arcade Fire; they can take you to places you know you've been before but the visceral style in which they conduct their work always adds something fresh to previously trodden ground.

'Joan of Arc' reminds you of the old nuances of Goldfrapp, with melodic basslines and sticky rhythms. One track in particular which does grab you is 'It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus)' which has captivating guitar-lines and heavenly synths which magnetically pull you in.

In all honesty, there isn't really a poor moment on the record, but the problem is the band don't really reach the heights of their previous works. It all seems safe and solid from a band who have proved they can blow us all away with how far they can push boundaries.

All in all, Reflektor is a genuinely engrossing mammoth of an album which keeps Arcade Fire at the top of the pile in terms of experimental indie-rock. It isn't as great an album as it's predecessor but it certainly stacks up in comparison to the stuff that's out there at the moment.

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