Band: ARCADE FIRE Who: Celebrated Canadian rockers led by
couple Win Butler and Régine Chassagne Active: 2001-present / 6 LPs (new one included)
New album: WE Released: 6 May 2022 – order info here
The Telegraph (British newspaper) says: “Arcade Fire make other bands look like they
are not trying hard enough. From the panache of their packaging to the integration of every fine musical and lyrical detail, you can depend upon the Canadian-American ensemble to offer thematically coherent works of vaunting ambition, characterised by big ideas, grand emotions and cinematic scope. WE is their sixth album, and every bit as good as their best. While continuing to explore themes of desensitisation and distraction in an over-stimulated world, musically Arcade Fire have rowed back from the sonic overload of Reflektor (2013) and Everything Now (2017).” Score: 5/5.
Turn Up The Volume: The Canadians’ best opus since their 2004 debut Funeral.
WE resembles that debut LP musically with its melodramatic – but not pompous – orchestrations, its evocative arrangements, its angelic sonority, and its sepia colors. Melancholia at its epic best.
The themes on Funeral were death, grief, and loss. Fortunately, things got better for Win Butler since then. Of course, he worries (who doesn’t) about the disturbing times
we live in, but his hopes for the future are high.
Arcade Fire returned to their roots and the outcome
is stupendous. WE is a majestic chef-d’oeuvre.
Singles/clips: The Lightning I, II / Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)
NME says: “The Lightning I, II’ will certainly hit a chord with long-time fans of the band. It somehow seems deeply heartfelt and slightly unnerving all at once; humongous in its sound, but familiar and intimate to those who’ve followed them for nearly two decades. It feels pleasingly like we’ve been here before, but never quite this far into Arcade Fire’s modus operandi.”
The Lightning I, II is one song with two parts, a slow one and a fast one.
The real news is that Aracde Fire are back and sound epic, captivating
and symphonic again.
At the end of this month, Walt Disney Productions will release a new Tim Burton-directed version movie of that cute little elephant Dumbo. In the original 1941 animation movie BABY MINE a song written by Frank Churchill and Ned Washington, is sung by the mother
of Dumbo as a lullaby to her baby. This time the song is performed by, yes, ARCADE FIRE.
Frontman Win Butler revealed details about their contribution: “My mom plays the harp on the track, my brother the theremin, my wife sings and plays drums, and our son even plays the triangle, as well as the rest of our ‘family’ in Arcade Fire. I will forever relate to the song thinking about the people I hold so dear that are so precious to me.” So I guess Elton John is fired as the in-house Disney composer and the once so great Canadian band replaced him. I truly don’t see the point, except for the fact that they want some cheap publicity and hope to gain a new fan audience. Here’s Arcade Fire‘s totally cheesy 2019 Dumbo song…