Album Review: Arcade Fire - Everything Now

25 July 2017 | 2:28 pm | Guido Farnell

"There is much to fall in love with on this album."

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Arcade Fire blast out an album of infectious pop songs with such irresistible uplift that it is impossible not to take flight and soar sky-high on these feel-good vibes.

The anthemic title track is loaded with hooks that drill deep into your head. Everything from the rolling ABBA-esque piano to the pan pipe riff and the glorious hands-in-the-air "na na na" of the chorus will have listeners reaching for the repeat button.

The indie rockers have allowed producers Thomas Bangalter and Pulp's Steve Mackey to apply irresistible electro bounce while making their retro pop hooks shine. Portishead's Geoff Barrow plays synths on Creature Comfort, which mixes themes of body issues, suicide and disillusion into a fierce electro workout that aims to stun. Two versions of Infinite Content, dressed in raucous punk and easy country vibes, feels more like a 'because we can' experiment, while Electric Blue seems to refer to David Bowie's Sound And Vision and feels like a tribute set to an instantly classic funk groove. 

There is much to fall in love with on this album. The Arcade is on Fire.

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