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Review: Arcade Fire – Reflektor 12” Single

September 24, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments


Arcade Fire – Reflektor 12” Single (Merge, 2013)

by Caleb Nichols

The Grammy Award-winning, Canadian, Springsteen-worshiping band Arcade Fire released a mysterious new 12” single of “Reflektor”, the first offering from the group’s highly anticipated follow up to 2010’s The Suburbs, out in October on Merge. The single (and the album, which is also called Reflektor) was produced by LCD Soundsytem’s James Murphy, which is evident from the minute the beat kicks in.

In the past, Arcade Fire might have flirted with the idea of getting their massive audiences to dance with songs like “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” but here, Win Butler and company have released the flood gates of groove, accomplishing in a somehow-tidy seven minutes what Daft Punk attempted to do with the (forced at gunpoint) “song of the summer” “Get Lucky”: making us move without telling us to.

If the title track is an indicator of what the rest of the record is like, Reflektor is shaping up to be worth the hype.

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