Arcade Fire’s fifth studio album Everything Now has received backlash from fans and critics alike; marred for its enthusiastic venturing into disco-driven electronica and further away from the beloved indie-rock of previous works, Funeral (2004) and The Suburbs (2010).
The album takes huge saw-toothed synths, glitzy piano melodies and incisive lyrics to comment on our modern age as a dystopic and consumeristic reality whose occupant’s imperfect yet human. In broad strokes this is an album of pathos.
Brandishing stern eclecticism, title track Everything Now is a show-stopper that shows a band committed to a concept. The tracks glamorous ABBA-esque piano hook is as alluring and mesmerising as a trip through IKEA. Front-man Win Butler’s sloganized lyrics spar with the idea that we consume relentlessly, aggressively and with antipathy.
Creature Comfort takes saw-toothed synthesizers that pulse and explode into lyrics that stagger and pierce: “God, make me famous! If you can’t just make it painless!”. What’s this? Just the crying plea of our damned generation.
Arcade Fire won’t be backtracking to their iconic early sounds anytime soon. Despite critics I can only assure that ‘Everything Now’ is worth its every second. Check it out below: