There is liberation in confession, singing “Now the signals we send / Are deflected again. / We’re so connected / but are we even friends?” when the person next to you is your wife. “Reflektor” is a great, confessional song. Friction creates tight music and “Reflektor” is its child. Any album that opens this strong is worth sticking around for.
The next twelve songs explore sounds. “Normal Person” is classic rock’n’roll; Butler whines about the cruelty of normality – a perfect metaphor for modern, homogenized life. “Joan of Arc” pushes away from a rocky, punk rock start and finds a thumping bass line. Time to dance.
Many of the songs grow on you. Others will not make the set list. The enjoyment of album though is perhaps not in the individual tracks but watching Arcade Fire make ambitious choices. While other bands fade, it’s comforting to know they still want more.
Reflektor by Arcade Fire was released on October 29th.