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‘Everything Now’ is an uninspired disappointment

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The cover of "Everything Now" by Arcade Fire features tranquil scenery.

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The cover of "Everything Now" by Arcade Fire features tranquil scenery.

Charlie McBrian, Staff Writer

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“Everything Now” is by far the weakest album in Arcade Fire’s discography. Arcade Fire turns away from everything that made them likable and unsuccessfully attempts to become a dance music group.

Arcade Fire is a Montreal-based Indie-Rock powerhouse; the members include Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, William Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury, and Jeremy Gara. They’ve achieved widespread success and critical acclaim. I personally enjoy every album of theirs up to this point.

The first two tracks of this album, “Everything Now” and “Signs of Life,” are by far my favorites.

The ABBA-inspired piano disco vibes of the title track are fantastic. The Afro-funk inspired bass and the four on the floor, click-clack percussion work really well together, making for a satisfying listen.

However, besides these two tracks, this album doesn’t really have much else to offer.

On many tracks, the band attempts to push forth a politically conscious message, which they’ve done well before. However, on this album, it doesn’t really seem like they have anything interesting to say.

Peter Pan” is a vomit-inducing reggae nightmare. Every single moment of this song is torture. The lyrics are frustratingly idiotic and add nothing to the overarching concept of the album. This is easily my least favorite track on the album.

Chemistry” is so jaunty and saccharine that it saps all enjoyment of the song. Arcade Fire again goes for a reggae-fusion aesthetic and fails. The lyrics are sickeningly predatory and offer none of the joy and playfulness it was attempting to portray.

Other tracks, like “Infinite Content” and “Infinite_Content,” are offensively lazy. These are two versions of one unfinished song. The verses are suffocatingly repetitive and the instrumentals are subpar at best. These tracks just further show that the band is really out of ideas.

Although there are a few good tracks on this album, it is unsatisfactory as a package. Save yourself 47 minutes and avoid this album.

 

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One Response to “‘Everything Now’ is an uninspired disappointment”

  1. Michael Scott on November 2nd, 2017 8:46 pm

    Hey. So first off, the first sentence doesn’t make me want to read the article. At all. Yes, you give your opinion nice and concisely, but if you come off so blunt it almost is offensive, even to a neutral reader. Also, when you transition from how much you dislike the album to the fact that you enjoyed two of the songs is confusing. My impression after reading the first few grafs would be that all of the songs sucked, and when you say you actually enjoyed some, it confused me. Next, you hint at some ideas such as how the album lacks purpose, but specifically examples are crucial to give more context. Last, give some sort of a transition between your descriptions between the songs you talk about at the end. Okay actually finally but keep in mind that many people have probably never heard of this band and so the beginning should include some sort of explainer as to who they are and what kind of music they produce. Overall, keep up the good work.

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