Arcade Fire-Everything Now (2017)

My Rating: 50% (D)

Pitchfork Rating: 56%

Rolling Stone Rating: 80%

Metacritic Rating: 66%

Average Rating: 63% (C)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Everything_Now (Continued)
  2. Everything Now
  3. Signs Of Life
  4. Creature Comfort
  5. Peter Pan
  6. Chemistry
  7. Infinite Content
  8. Infinite_Content
  9. Electric Blue
  10. Good God Damn
  11. Put Your Money On Me
  12. We Don’t Deserve Love
  13. Everything Now (Continued)

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Really needing to add to your Arcade Fire collection.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s alright, pretty familiar though.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Absolutely not.

Final Thoughts:

We all knew it had to happen, a bad Arcade Fire album was due, after their incredibly impressive career they finally put out something to be embarrassed of. Every band has it, they push the sound too far and lose their audience. Not only was this a little too far from their norm, it was boring, repetitive, and lazy. It’s not what you want from an Arcade Fire album. My roommate who’s a big fan called it lethargic, and that’s exactly it. This is a jam session that should never have seen the light of day. This is Gorillaz Humanz all over again (a little less offensive), a typically great band that seems a little burnt out. Take another year or two on an album before releasing it, this was a big meh.

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Arcade Fire-Funeral (2004)

Record Review Requested By: Richard Sandlin

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: 97%

Rolling Stone Rating: 80%

Metacritic Rating: 90%

Average Rating: 92%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
  2. Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)
  3. Une Année Sans Lumiere
  4. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
  5. Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles)
  6. Crown Of Love
  7. Wake Up
  8. Haiti
  9. Rebellion (Lies)
  10. In The Backseat

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for something epic.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s an okay cover, not my favourite of theirs but it’s not bad or anything.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Hellllllllllllllllll yeah!

Final Thoughts:

Arcade Fire is, in short, incredible. Their music has been used in so many ways and they are one of the few household name groups that truly deserve their acclaim. I mean damn, this is their first album, and they are already this accomplished? It’s mystifying, considering other artists I love take an album or two to find themselves. Funeral is epic and simple, high energy and mellow. It’s an album that demands to be listened to multiple times. It’s an album many other artists have been trying to replicate for years but can’t get the mix right. It’s painful how good it is for a first release and it makes me mad that they can be this talented…bastards.

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