David Mania Worthington
I like how 2013 was the year of the lyric video. A trend I welcome into the coming year.
Second half of Come Down To Us is really uplifting. Like emerging out of some gray cloud. Also, there’s an interesting narrative about transgender identity that I dug a lot there in the end.
oh, gross. sorry.
Be nice, guys; it’s just art.
This is great. And the song is crack.
I mean, it’s pretty schizo, and there aren’t a lot of song-songs per se (I guess “Bad Girls” is…)…or maybe there are? Well, it’s just cool to listen to when it comes down to it (unlike M.A.Y.A.)
Also, the volume bleeps and photo booth sounds in “Come Walk With Me” are so cool.
This is awesome. I didn’t have quite such a dramatic reaction upon first listen, but there’s definitely something that made me listen 2 more times in a row while walking the streets and in the Subway. Now, I’m listening, and it’s late, and everything is just right…and I see what you mean.
I actually expected this to be a throwaway since I totally dismissed M.A.Y.A…but this is pretty radical, man!
I never understood how people could listen to Eminem and enjoy his voice or his schtick. He’s incredibly unnecessary.
I don’t know what tommyx3′s response is about…but you and I are having the same feeling! And it’s nice to know that’s how the album feels for other people…because totally. This is a huge piece of work. Dynamic, interesting/multifaceted, and ultimately just pleasing to the ear.
This might sound silly. But this question is for the people who really love Arcade Fire and are down with this new sound and have already spent a while with the album (you know…enough to really know how much you might love it).
Do you all love it? Because I do. I’ve listened a lot, and now I’m having that listen where it all just hits you over your highhead. Uhmm, this album is huge and exciting and fun and beautiful. It has such a beautiful range…compare the lighthearded fun of “Flashbulb Eyes” (which is NOT a throwaway track!) and the gorgeous, melancholy “it’s never over”s of “It’s Never Over”. This is just really hitting the spot right now on a Friday night. Can’t wait to spend a lot of time with this album; it’s going to a special one for me (especially since I just saw them in Bushwick, and that was just awesome).
Oops. This went too long. But the music…stunning stuff. “Porno” is hot in a Radiohead-hot way. “Normal Person” is a banger. “Here Comes the Night Time” goes places. “Here Comes the Night Time II” is the amazing track nobody is mentioning. “Reflektor” and “Afterlife”…duh, they’re great. And I love all of the tracks I haven’t mentioned, too (“We Exist” omg).
This, Youth Lagoon, Deerhunter, James Blake, and Autre Ne Veut might just be setting up a nice fight for my favorite of the year.
Nobody’s talking about how cool the lyric video is despite the Buzzfeed-ready typeface.
Also, let’s talk about the afterlife. Not a real thing, right?
I guess we CAN just work it out.
“Impossibly irritating” is a strange way to say fun and awesome.
I was a little surprised at that, too, but I guess Arcade Fire have a lot of bro fans…maybe? I don’t know; I was in a flamingo costume.
Put yourself in their shoes. If you were a tiny band who made an absolute classic, and then you continued to make two more excellent albums (even if they didn’t quite rise to the first), and along the way you excited other new bands and put out some compelling visual clips…all while maintaining a distance from “selling out” (oh, gosh, right) despite winning a frigging Grammy (ha), and then you made a fourth album that might be the best one yet…
I THINK YOU’D WANT TO HAVE SOME FUN, TOO. Plus, like I said, the music is still great. So until they decide to make mediocre music, I’m gonna stay on this ride.
Yes, Chris. Thank you! The only valid complaints would be about the late starting time and how it was. But the fake stage/real stage idea was so awesome that I was fine with it…and I was on the completely wrong side. But still…how cool!
No, a dick move is what the parents do to make the kids who say, “that’s a dick move.”
Dude, it was awesome. I was to the right of the fake stage, so I was on the completely wrong side for the actual stage, and I still thought it was awesome.
I’m new to Brooklyn, and I love it, but some of these hipsters have no sense of humor.
Well, that is simply insane. I got two through the presale, and I’m so stoked. And I’m wearing my flamingo costume. And I’m so stoked.
I’ll be the one in the flamingo costume.
“A Day in the Life” of the Arcade Fire?? My expectations for this album are higher than any others this year. I think it’s going to be something incredibly special :)
This does not make her look like a charismatic pop star.
or queer dope
Just re-watched this with some friends on some…and…I think this amazing piece of work is pretty important. Like…has anything like this happened on network TV in such a weird and brilliant way?? I don’t think so. Arcade Fire seem like they are ready to be a dominant force in music/culture, and I am digging it because the music still come first at the end of it all. And doggone, these tunes are going to be huge in the studio versions. Amiright?
I thought its incoherency was what made it quite coherent.