Once again, Arcade Fire have challenged my expectations of them. This is not to say they haven’t met said expectations but have exceeding them by giving me something I didn’t know I wanted: a relentless groove-centered dark-disco epic based upon the Montreal based art-pop outfit’s fear of a technologically saturated world. Who Knew?
‘Reflektor’ demonstrates a stylistic departure for the band as Arcade Fire stray away from the Springsteen leanings of ‘The Suburbs’ and seem to gravitate towards the dance-able melancholy of such 80′s artists as Depeche Mode and New Order. However, there is no need to fear this change in direction as ‘Reflektor’s thoughtful underbelly and grand cinematic surface confirm that this is still most definitely the Arcade Fire you know and love.