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Arcade Fire: Reflektor

Frontman Win Butler and company have moved away from rock’s linear paths to create “something weirder and more rhythmic.”

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Reflektor is a “tale of two albums: one bold and propulsive, the second slower, less focused, and more problematic,” said Greg Kot in the Chicago Tribune. Nearly three years after this earnest, Montreal-based outfit took home an Album of the Year Grammy for The Suburbs, frontman Win Butler and company have moved away from rock’s linear paths to create “something weirder and more rhythmic.” Before this double album slows to a crawl, its excursions into Caribbean and indie dance-pop beats produce tracks that “rank with Arcade Fire’s best, most challenging work.” But length is a problem throughout for this “perfectly good, sometimes great, but not-as-epic-as-it-wants-to-be” album, said Dan DeLuca in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Though the “terrific Stones-y” rocker “Normal Person” and the Clash-like dub track “Flashbulb Eyes” don’t overstay their welcome, this record is “full of songs that go on and on.” The next time Arcade Fire makes an album, the group “should write these words on the studio blackboard: Less is more.”

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