When Arcade Fire releases new music, the world stops to listen. The indie Canadians recently dropped their highly anticipated follow-up to 2013’s Reﬂektor and on the whole it is a worthy follow-up.
Arcade Fire has always been about the large band being much more than the sum of its parts. What could be enjoyable, yet forgettable, rock tunes are transformed into something much more thanks to the members of this varied and expansive band.
Everything Now starts upbeat, with a singalong chorus in the title track and a clear pop/disco inﬂuence in most of the songs. Lyrically the record tackles the isolation of the modern world, which can be a bit surreal when combined with pop hooks.
Musically the band is helped along by one half of French house duo Daft Punk, as well as members of Portishead and Pulp.
Guitars take the back seat in a lot of the retro-themed songs as the hired guns put a deliciously infectious retro-pop twist on the already solid tunes.
Like most Arcade Fire songs, these catchy tunes have the ability to get stuck in your head after the ﬁrst listen.
Everything Now is another solid entry from a consistently entertaining band, but it falls short of the brilliance of the group’s earlier records The Suburbs and Reﬂektor.
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