Arcade Fire – Everything Now (2017)

I’ll confess that I’m not particularly familiar with Arcade Fire (although I do plan to be, after listening to this album), but this latest record from the acclaimed band registers as a lighter-than-usual project, even to a casual fan. The hooks are more immediate and the lyrics, while strong, are not as complicated or ambitious as their previous work. That isn’t to suggest that the album is subpar or lesser-than: It’s simply an entertaining, pleasant, easily digestible album that doesn’t register as a cop-out or as a slump, but instead a simpler, fun diversion filled with precise hooks, a consistent sound, and compelling vocals.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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