It’s good to see so many positive user comments. While this particular album is not for me, I’m glad it’s not disappointing the AF diehards. As for the review, I think it’s dead on. Between the lines, I see a reviewer that desperately wants to like this record but can’t quite commit. Arcade Fire is definitely wheelhouse for the general Stereogum readership, but the many hesitations in this review tell the story that the actual review does not.
IS THAT THE GUY FROM THE PRETENDERS!!?!?!
First album I ever bought. I snapped it into my discman and listened to it end-to-end 6 times in a row on our ugly floral couch in front of the wood stove, pressing the cheap headphones into my ears until my wrists were sore. It was that night, taking off my headphones, I finally realized that music was the fabric that connects me to the world.
Yeah it’s a cool track, but it just feels like amateurish writing with good production. It vamps too long, the vocals are crammed, and the melody just meanders too much for my taste. Again, I can see why people would love this tune, just giving some counterpoint to the assessment that this is a “great, great song.”
This is good marketing.
Like a super-chill NIN
Man they just keep getting better. What a strong vocal, jesus christ. I absolutely love the mix too, anyone know who engineered this track?
I honestly love it. This track really breathes. Yeah it’s a bit electro, but that’s that. Yeah, it relies heavily on production, but it’s not slick.. I think the production is really smart and musical. This song has a great hook, a strong melody, and some really interesting chord movements.
The first 2 mins sound like a song idea demo, and a pretty weak one at that. There’s some really good writing in the last 45 seconds, but I can’t understand why they didn’t work in the payoff earlier, it could’ve been a good song if they actually assembled it as one. Also, the overdrive/compression that’s so chic right now just doesn’t work on Gibbard’s vocals.