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ARCADE FIRE Everything Now

Arcade Fire, arguably the planet’s biggest non-naff band, have hit the disco for album five. Lead single and title track Everything Now sounds a bit like ABBA crossed with Frankie Valli’s Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, though with lyrics that critique the vapidity of modern life. “Every room in my house is filled with shit I couldn’t live without,” frontman Win Butler sneers. It’s just one of many retro-yet-modern gems on the Canadian crew’s most accessible record yet. Signs of Life channels Talking Heads and Blondie’s Rapture; the slinky Creature Comforts suggests a sulkier Scissor Sisters, and the reggae-flecked Peter Pan skulks along like a Grace Jones deep cut from the early 80s. The tempo drops towards the end, but ballads like the trippy, electro-tinged We Don’t Deserve Love are no less impressive. If you like music that makes you dance and think a bit if you want to – there’s also a very tonguein- cheek two-part track called Infinite Content – Everything Now is for you. It’s difficult to make music that’s both cynical and uplifting, but Arcade Fire have managed it here, with plenty of style.

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