Magazine article The Spectator

The Listener: Arcade Fire's Everything Now

Magazine article The Spectator

The Listener: Arcade Fire's Everything Now

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Grade: D+

Well, this is truly awful. Perhaps the worst album by a major band since Mardi Gras by Creedence Clearwater Revival back in '72. And that's a lot better than this pompous, trite and at times desperate drivel. Their first album, Funeral, was quirkily anthemic and packed with memorable tunes. The second -- Neon Bible -- reminded me, chillingly, of Echo and the Bunnymen outtakes.

The decline has continued apace. This time, Daft Punk have stapled on some bangin' beats in an attempt to make the band seem hip. This stratagem has not worked. It makes them seem like dads at a rave. They still plough that post-punk early-1980s furrow for inspiration, but the soil is by now exhausted: hell, at times they sound like U2. And bad U2, at that. They still strive for those anthems, too, but the songs don't carry them anywhere other than up their own jacksies. …

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