Album Review: Reflektor by Arcade Fire

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Published on March 13, 2014

Author: thegregoryhaft



I had been eagerly anticipating Arcade Fire fourth album Reflektor and I was not disappointed. The album was released via Youtube video. The 85-minute experience featured the entirety of the album set to the visual of Marcel Camus’ 1959 film Black Orpheus.
In scope, Reflektor marks the largest project for the band to date. I found the album to be bold and daring. Arcade Fire uses their anxious music to ask big questions of the man upstairs. The album is earnest with a bit of irony. The band visited Haiti on their last tour, playing for people who had never heard classic rock before. Without the context of classic rock history they had to relate to the audience on a pure rhythmically musical level. Their experiences in Haiti have definitely influenced this album. Caribbean rhythms and deep grooves are evident throughout the album and Reflektor seems to regard Anglo rock history with an irreverent regard.
I found the album to be imaginative. It feels live and limber. There are small imperfections in some of the tracks that give is a real feeling like you are next to Arcade Fire while they’re jamming out. There are odd muttered phrases throughout the introduction, a tempo fake-out in “Here Comes the Night Time,” and some intentional clipping on the fret board. Even the album’s straightforward pop songs “Joan of Arc” and “We Exist” are sort of broken and haunted.
Reflektor is a two disc album. The first is grounded, earthy, and raw, while the second disc is a bit more ethereal, airy, and imaginative. This Montreal-based band has hit a home run with Reflektor, an album for the listeners about the way we discover and transmit music today.

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