ALBUM REVIEW: Arcade Fire – Everything Now | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 28.07.17
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The latest offering from genre-bending outfit Arcade Fire has been described by frontman Win Butler as “kind of a mistake”: fortunately, the album itself sounds nothing less than utterly deliberate. Opening with the energetic pan pipe jamboree that is Everything Now, it strikes as the only reasonable follow up to 2013’s electronic mardi gras Reflektor.

Filled to the brim with twee (yet intellectual) lyricism that ranges in subject from self-esteem to ageing disgracefully, the gloriously varied instrumentation ricochets violently between disco to reggae, synth pop and back again – yet despite its poppy direction, each track is presented with that unmistakably harmonious ‘orchestra in a tiny room’ sound that the band always deliver so well. Did you really expect anything less?

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