This week we continue our newly released album review with Arcade Fire – Everything Now

Review: Jamie Read.

In 2017 it seems that today’s alternative music is what would have been yesterday’s pop.

An influx of indie bands and synth-driven disco has seemingly bled into what’s now some of the most popular chart music.

Bands such as The 1975, Years & Years and The XX are now staples of our music scene, along with Arcade Fire who have this week released their fifth album, Everything Now.

It’s title track has already been a popular single. An electronic keyboard drives the song and creates an addictive sound. The chorus’ cries of “everything now” from backing singers makes it a very chilled track.

Signs of Life follows this and is a great track. The chorus is once again marvellous – something that Arcade Fire certainly does well.

The music is of high quality. With the indie genre it plays a more important part than an average Take That song might do. Thankfully listening to Peter Pan and Chemistry, among others, it really gives the tracks direction.

Infinite Content was one track I didn’t care too much for. A tad repetitive, it was followed by an separate tracked outro – Infinite_Content.

Some indie music has a tendency to somehow be tainted – whether that’s the pop genre or something else.

This album has been tainted, thanks to music streaming services. Everything_Now (continued) and Everything Now (continued) start and end the album to loop the album and hopefully keep you listening. It’s annoying, but it’s the state of music right now.

But this can be overlooked with other good tracks, such as Electric Blue and Put Your Money on Me.

I don’t think it’s better than this year’s new XX album, but another enjoyable indie release.

Overall star rating: 3.5/5

Songs to play on repeat: Everything Now, Signs of Life, Peter Pan,
Put Your Money on Me

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