Arcade Fire’s Reflektor is an album to be remembered. The Montreal band released this, their 4th LP, on September 9th, and we were not disappointed. Throughout the record, Arcade Fire is successfully able to jump genres, and just blend them in such a beautiful way. The lyrics range from poppy love to dark tragedy, all served over some great riffs and synth. The sound design is unlike anything else. The music takes such huge shifts throughout, but they all layer flawlessly onto each other. And the lyrics! The words here are deep and hard. The album opens with the title song, Reflektor, a reflection on how technology has taken over society. “Now, the signals we send, are deflected again. We’re still connected, but are we even friends?” Another favorite of mine is the second track on the album, We Exist. On the surface, the sound is very light, however when you breathe in the words, the tone becomes darker. The song itself is a lament on a child dealing with his realization of his own sexuality, and being torn down because of it. “Daddy it’s true, I’m different from you. But tell me why they treat me like this?” This song in particular hit me hard. There are certain elements that seem to continue throughout most the work here. In particular, heavy bass, light synth, and a blend of vocals presented in various context, including multiple languages, highlighted in the first track. Reflektor, all in all, is simply stunning. It’s an album you just have to experience for yourself, and take in all that it is.
Final Verdict: 9.5/10