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TerryS
(Another SW)
Posted: Apr 01, 2014 - 18:02
 

First notes are 'Black is Black' then it shifts up a gear.

Thoromyr
Posted: Apr 01, 2014 - 18:00
 

never heard of them, but I like the sound. Very Nice.

subgyro
(Cowgary, AB)
Posted: Mar 27, 2014 - 09:35
 

 yclept wrote:

I'll take a wild guess that you didn't/don't like Talking Heads, David Bowie, or REM, either.  I wasn't particularly impressed with AF before this album….but just happened to listen/watch the youtube teaser- done as a soundtrack to Black Orpheus - and was riveted .

I can see why Bowie is a fan. Reflektor is a throwback to the 70s…when LP's had a story to tell and we listened to them as a whole with good headphones.

 
I have it on vinyl, and it smacks of the 80s to me...

...In a good (Talking Heads/David Bowie/REM) way!

dsd
(PDX)
Posted: Mar 13, 2014 - 06:17
 

The dichotomy of opinion on this band is so intense.  very interesting.  

kingart
(Brooklyn NY)
Posted: Mar 11, 2014 - 12:54
 

For a few seconds, it/they sounded like The Clash or Joe Strummer. Then it was….them.  Help!!!!!  Poor Soporific Drumming. 


 

maxjboxer
(Minneapolis, MN)
Posted: Mar 07, 2014 - 09:08
 

Extremely talented musicians.
Check out any YouTube video from this live concert-Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) - 2005/08/25
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwHdrY_pbJI&feature=related#aid=P9AG4WsIYqg
You will be hooked

pallasathene82
(NY, NY!)
Posted: Mar 07, 2014 - 09:01
 

I liked Arcade Fire on RP before they were popular. </hipster>
rdo
(DC)
Posted: Mar 03, 2014 - 06:52
 

I don't know if I exist!  {#Eyes}

brendanvs
Posted: Mar 03, 2014 - 06:50
 

 ottovonb wrote:
I dearly love and appreciate Radio Paradise but I'm on the verge of organizing an intervention to talk Bill out of his Arcade Fire addiction. AF is relentlessly dull but at least they're consistent.

 
I completely disagree. I could listen to this song over and over!! Go Bill!!

ottovonb
(San Francisco)
Posted: Feb 18, 2014 - 13:37
 

I dearly love and appreciate Radio Paradise but I'm on the verge of organizing an intervention to talk Bill out of his Arcade Fire addiction. AF is relentlessly dull but at least they're consistent.

whomhow
(changeable)
Posted: Feb 16, 2014 - 07:39
 

It's still very weak tune. 4.

rwhardy
Posted: Feb 09, 2014 - 11:52
 

Ugh. 

rdo
(DC)
Posted: Feb 07, 2014 - 18:16
 

It seems like it is becoming SOP for acts now to have both a female AND a male vocal lead...
Imkirok
(The Arctic Hinter Land)
Posted: Feb 04, 2014 - 12:17
 

 idiot_wind wrote:

There is something going on.

This band is way too mediocre and muted and boring to get so much airplay on RP.

Hmmmm.

 



 
Try cranking up the volume, or listening with a good set up headphones.  It might change your mind.  There's a lot of subtlety in there.



idiot_wind
Posted: Feb 04, 2014 - 12:13
 

Ahhhh! No more of this band!

It's the most bland, muted, boring excuse for rock music I've ever heard.

And to add insult to injury, there are like 10 people in this band.

Compare this any four person band from the 1970s!

 

 



scout64
Posted: Feb 01, 2014 - 12:23
 

 Lonestar wrote:
Really don't get the level of hatred for this band. They are a highly original element in the North American music scene. Give em a chance. 

 
It might be the not so highly original sound they are copying, OMD anyone? I still like it. highest form of flatery.

WonderLizard
(2,755.46 mi. due east of Paradise)
Posted: Feb 01, 2014 - 12:22
 

They get massive props just for taking the risk of making this album. You had to wonder if they some classic chops in them. Turns out they do...in spades.

ShamanManu
(somewhere in between)
Posted: Feb 01, 2014 - 12:21
 

this one snuck up on me! 7<8!

Lonestar
(Probably Above You)
Posted: Jan 31, 2014 - 09:26
 

Really don't get the level of hatred for this band. They are a highly original element in the North American music scene. Give em a chance. 

Peter_Bradshaw
(Salisbury, Wiltshire UK)
Posted: Jan 31, 2014 - 09:22
 

{#Frustrated}

lasker98
(Canada)
Posted: Jan 30, 2014 - 11:35
 

I'm not a big fan of Arcade Fire, but I really like this.

bartverheijen
(In a bar nearby)
Posted: Jan 21, 2014 - 03:56
 

 kz1300a1 wrote:
I'll have to throw in that the band feels fabricated. So many other artists out there that deserve the hype and attention. But I guess talent alone does not get it...
 
I couldn't disagree more...
I know the band for a long time, but I never took the time to listen to them closely. And more recently I do notice their rich sound and quality. I guess this is one of those bands that have to grow on you.

It is definitely growing on me.

RandomousJam
(RandomousJam.com)
Posted: Jan 15, 2014 - 10:39
 

One thing I notice about Arcade Fire is that they do have a particularly rich sound when the whole gang is playing. Almost like a small rock orchestra.

Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Jan 15, 2014 - 10:38
 

 kz1300a1 wrote:
I'll have to throw in that the band feels fabricated. So many other artists out there that deserve the hype and attention. But I guess talent alone does not get it...
 
The "hype and attention" this band may or may not have received is beyond the control of the band.  Also, like them or not, they are not "fabricated"; they have always been signed to the same, small, independent record label, not some huge, star-making conglomerate.

kz1300a1
Posted: Jan 08, 2014 - 15:21
 

I'll have to throw in that the band feels fabricated. So many other artists out there that deserve the hype and attention. But I guess talent alone does not get it...
bam23
(Berkeley)
Posted: Jan 06, 2014 - 21:46
 

 yclept wrote:

Our eminent DJ know what's going on…but I'll wager he's listened to the whole album and not just heard one cut running as background. Put on some cans, crank up the volume, and close your eyes…then I dare you to come back and say this band is mediocre, muted, and boring.  

 
Thanks for a reasoned response to what I suppose might strike one as a knee-jerk response to, as you imply, not actually listening to the music. I do not like everything this band does, but as a general rule if a cut makes it to RP, there is a damned good reason.

yclept
(beyond the above)
Posted: Jan 03, 2014 - 16:47
 

 kingart wrote:
Robo drumming. Pretentious production. Affectation. I can't get past the pedestrian music to appreciate the lyrics. I hope they're more of a fad rather than a long-term act. I'm more negative about them than any other RP offerings. AF and I will never be friends. 
 
I'll take a wild guess that you didn't/don't like Talking Heads, David Bowie, or REM, either.  I wasn't particularly impressed with AF before this album….but just happened to listen/watch the youtube teaser- done as a soundtrack to Black Orpheus - and was riveted .

I can see why Bowie is a fan. Reflektor is a throwback to the 70s…when LP's had a story to tell and we listened to them as a whole with good headphones. If you hate the way they sound, at least give the written lyrics a chance, especially the title track; it sums up FB, Twitter, online dating, and the facades we construct for using them... obvious concepts to boomers like you and me, but new stories to my twenty something son. Apparently, how I felt about Abbey Road, Dark Side of the Moon (and a lot of the albums from my teens and 20's) and how he feels about this album have a common ground. 

1:1 ReflektoR - Trapped in a prison, in a prism of light. Alone in the darkness, a darkness of white. We fell in love, alone on a stage, in the reflective age. Entre la nuit, la nuit et l’aurore. Entre le royaume des vivants et des morts. If this is heaven, I don’t know what it’s for. If I can’t find you there, I don’t care.
I thought I found a way to enter; it was just a reflector. I thought I found the connector; it was just a reflector. Just a reflector. 

The signals we send are deflected again. We’re so connected, but are we even friends? We fell in love when I was 19, and now we’re staring at a screen.

Entre la nuit, la nuit et l’aurore. Entre le royaume des vivants et des morts. If this is heaven, I need something more. Just a place to be alone, cause you’re my home. I thought I found a way to enter; it was just a reflector. I thought I found the connector; it was just a reflector. Just a reflector. 

Just a reflection of a reflection of a reflection, but I see you on the other side. We all got things to hide. (Alright let’s go back). Our song it skips on little silver disks.
Our love is plastic, and they break it to bits. I want to break free, but will they break me down, down, down, don’t mess around. I thought I found a way to enter; it was just a reflector. I thought I found the connector; it was just a reflector. Just a reflector. Thought you were praying to the resurrector; turns out it was just a reflector.  



yclept
(beyond the above)
Posted: Jan 03, 2014 - 16:10
 

 idiot_wind wrote:

There is something going on.

This band is way too mediocre and muted and boring to get so much airplay on RP.

Hmmmm.

 

 
Our eminent DJ know what's going on…but I'll wager he's listened to the whole album and not just heard one cut running as background. Put on some cans, crank up the volume, and close your eyes…then I dare you to come back and say this band is mediocre, muted, and boring.  

idiot_wind
Posted: Dec 30, 2013 - 13:13
 

There is something going on.

This band is way too mediocre and muted and boring to get so much airplay on RP.

Hmmmm.

 



rdo
(DC)
Posted: Dec 29, 2013 - 15:21
 

 kingart wrote:
Robo drumming. Pretentious production. Affectation. I can't get past the pedestrian music to appreciate the lyrics. I hope they're more of a fad rather than a long-term act. I'm more negative about them than any other RP offerings. AF and I will never be friends. 

 
I am beginning to get the impression that you don't like this band very much.
msymmes
(Toronto, CA)
Posted: Dec 27, 2013 - 11:13
 

The CRTC (canuck FCC) mandates 1/3 of all music be Canadian over the air.   They get away with this bull under the name of "Heritage".  I would say it violates the free trade acts.


Thank God for RP.

tulfan wrote:
This band's current effort is being HEAVILY promoted by the Canadien stations in the Metro Detroit area and I find it absolutely mediocre at best. There is much better Canadien music out there right now and I have yet to find an appeal to this group after an over abundance of exposure over the last few years

 



mauguima
(sewers)
Posted: Dec 11, 2013 - 11:47
 

Is it just me or Morrissey makes a quick appearance at the end of this song?

kingart
(Brooklyn NY)
Posted: Dec 11, 2013 - 11:45
 

Robo drumming. Pretentious production. Affectation. I can't get past the pedestrian music to appreciate the lyrics. I hope they're more of a fad rather than a long-term act. I'm more negative about them than any other RP offerings. AF and I will never be friends. 

Dosequis
Posted: Dec 11, 2013 - 11:43
 

This is the new "HYPE".
 

whomhow
(changeable)
Posted: Dec 08, 2013 - 23:06
 

I try hard but can't understand the buzz around this group. This album is especially boring and secondary, meanwhile vocalist and recording quality on the same low level. 3.

bam23
(Berkeley)
Posted: Dec 07, 2013 - 21:17
 

It's sung faithfully in broken English, but is it a Toronto thing, or what>

grant
Posted: Dec 02, 2013 - 22:51
 

Although I have a few Arcade Fire songs in my I-tunes library, I can't say I was a "true fan."

However, all the tracks I have heard from this album sound really interesting, so this might be time to make the jump into "full album purchase." 

TerryS
(Another SW)
Posted: Nov 25, 2013 - 19:39
 

 kingart wrote:
This cut sounds like a half dozen other acts. Talking Heads and The Cure and…..blah blah. But it's instantly recognizable Arcade Fire. Robodrumming. Thump thump thump. The whole f'in song. 

 
True, but it's worse in Country music.

BTW, the bass is interesting.



emmidad
(Los Gatos, CA)
Posted: Nov 15, 2013 - 09:53
 

If I never hear another Arcade Fire song my life would be enriched.

shellbella
(so california)
Posted: Nov 15, 2013 - 09:52
 

Pass...

kingart
(Brooklyn NY)
Posted: Nov 12, 2013 - 13:25
 

This cut sounds like a half dozen other acts. Talking Heads and The Cure and…..blah blah. But it's instantly recognizable Arcade Fire. Robodrumming. Thump thump thump. The whole f'in song. 

Webfoot
(Eugene, Oregon)
Posted: Nov 12, 2013 - 13:24
 

 d48m02h wrote:
You know....this ain't half bad!!  Hence the 8 rating!! {#Daisy}

 
I agree with you, but my standards for RP are higher than that.  5

d48m02h
Posted: Nov 07, 2013 - 09:54
 

You know....this ain't half bad!!  Hence the 8 rating!! {#Daisy}

tulfan
(Still in SE MI)
Posted: Nov 04, 2013 - 15:17
 

This band's current effort is being HEAVILY promoted by the Canadien stations in the Metro Detroit area and I find it absolutely mediocre at best. There is much better Canadien music out there right now and I have yet to find an appeal to this group after an over abundance of exposure over the last few years

ScottFromWyoming
(Powell)
Posted: Nov 04, 2013 - 15:17
 

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
Nothing about this album appeals to me (so far).

 
Bumping from a 3 to a 4. I really can't see it getting up to the "good" side of the scale but I hope it does. 

I understand the need to reinvent their sound. Just wish it hadn't gone this way. 

bam23
(Berkeley)
Posted: Nov 04, 2013 - 15:15
 

But they are not saying anything in broken English.

Dosequis
Posted: Nov 01, 2013 - 11:17
 

Arcade Fire?
Vampire Weekend?
Dawes?
etc......Enough Already!!! BORING!!!

idiot_wind
Posted: Nov 01, 2013 - 11:08
 

This band does get played alot.


And today is Friday...afternoon.


Time for RnR!


This stuff ain't RnR...it's Muzak.        

bc
(It's everything. Location, Location, Location.)
Posted: Nov 01, 2013 - 11:07
 

 the_jake wrote:
The first tune from this album I don't find luke warm to poor.
Still can't figure out what about this band is interesting.

 
I came here to post that I don't understand why this band is popular, and that this is the first song by them that I find mildly interesting.
But I see a lot of people beat me to it.

the_jake
(on the sideline)
Posted: Oct 31, 2013 - 09:24
 

The first tune from this album I don't find luke warm to poor.
Still can't figure out what about this band is interesting.