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Reflektor (2CD)

Released on 28 October 2013

Artist: Arcade Fire

3.0 out of 5 (2 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Disc 1

  1. Reflektor
  2. We Exist
  3. Flashbulb Eyes
  4. Here Comes The Night Time
  5. Normal Person
  6. You Already Know
  7. Joan Of Arc

Disc 2

  1. Here Comes The Night Time II
  2. Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice)
  3. It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus)
  4. Porno
  5. Afterlife
  6. Supersymmetry

customer Reviews

 Average rating (2 reviews)

 Takes repeated listening

| | See all yetihw's reviews (28)

Much like the single Reflektor, this album requires repeated listening to fully sink in. When I first listened through the album I was not massively impressed. It sounded like a complete mess, and to be honest I didn't even go on to the second CD. Luckily I didn't give up on it, and tried again, this time through headphones. I don't know if this makes sense but this is definitely a 'headphones album' - it has a much greater presence if listening through a decent pair of headphones and really immerses you more than usual.

Once I listened to the second CD I started to realise how great this album was. You can almost treat each CD as a separate album if you want - this tends to be the way I listen to it, one or the other but rarely one after the other. Each has a distinctly different sound and feel.

Standout tracks for me are Reflektor, We Exist, Normal Person, Joan of Arc, Here Comes The Night Time II, Awful Sound and Porno, but honestly, each track is great once given enough time to grow on you.

This album is really easy to dismiss as 'messy' or 'they've forgotten their roots' on first listen but it really rewards the listener on repeated plays, and just gets better and better every time. I can't applaud the band enough for taking themselves in a new direction and succeeding brilliantly with an album which I'm sure they were aware wasn't going to win them much mainstream success. But honestly, I'm not sure they're that bothered.

 Disappointing Return

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After three great albums, the pressure was on Arcade Fire with 'Reflektor'..... Sadly, they fail to deliver. It is not a bad record, it just isn't a very good one. The main problem is that they seem to have forgot what made them so special in the first place - They have always been a band with an air of mystery, with the ability to back it up with great tunes. This time around they still have the mystery, but are lacking the tunes. It is no exaggeration to say that on a double album with 13 tracks, there are probably only about 3 or 4 memorable moments on there. Too much of the album is a band on auto pilot, meandering along, forgetting that they have a duty to actually give the listener something interesting to get their teeth into.... All in all, its a bit of a mess, because this is a band who have previously led the way in producing great pieces of work, proper albums - This one definitely belongs in the 'can do better' category.

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