Ok, I have now had time to give this album a bunch of listens, and here is my bare bones, uneducated music review of each track - according to me.
1. Reflektor - Overall a pretty cool song. A bit weird, and I’m bored of it now, but a song I enjoyed for a while. Album version way too long, its not fun enough to go 7+ minutes.
2. We Exist - Great song. My favorite, and maybe one of my all time favorites by this band. Love the groove, the lyrics, and the song flow. Goosebump-y.
3. Flashbulb Eyes - Meh. Mostly just noise and boring lyrics. I skip it.
4. Here Comes the Night Time - I skip it. A cheery song, but I don’t care for Arcade Fire’s attempt at thick Caribbean style music. I like the fast parts, the finish etc. But overall it’s not the style I want from them.
5. Normal Person - I really don’t like the first minute or two. Just silly build up and lyrics. I do like the song from about the midpoint on towards the end - it gets better and more musically intense.
6. You Already Know - Not bad, I like the fast pace of the song, its peppy and not too long.
7. Joan of Arc - I like it. Good pace, and the flow of the song changes pace. Unique sound overall, which I like.
8. Here Comes the Night Time II - Just repeat noise and filler music basically.
9. Awful Sound - This really grew on me. I find myself humming it throughout the day. Look forward to hearing it when it comes on.
10. It’s Never Over - I like this one too. Cool sounding song, different style, pace changes. A fun listen.
11. Porno - Meh. Not for me. I see lots of people like it but it’s just blah noise to me. Skip.
12. Afterlife - This went from a “Yeah its not bad” to a song I really enjoy. It’s funny what a video can do for/against a song, but the creative Greta Gerwig video to start the youtube music awards sold me on how much great energy the song has. I can see it being a really bouncy concert song.
13. Supersymmetry - A boring song to me. Sure, it’s a “nice”, pleasant song, but its a skipper to me. Nothing really happening to keep me interested.
So that’s that. I don’t think the album is a perfect, magical journey that does no wrong like some critics say - but it certainly is far from deserving of the scathing reviews some other critics are putting out there. Overall nearly every song is well done for what they are, and there is something for everyone’s musical taste. It certainly gives our ears something meaty to chew on, and offers people a fresh sound to lose themselves in for a while.
Although more of a huge fan of the first 5 albums in particular, these guys are my favorite all time band. I like what I have heard on the new album though.
Pearl Jam Week: Pearl Jam performs their song “Sirens” on Late Night.
Can’t wait to have Pearl Jam back tonight.
Arcade Fire is streaming their new album over youtube, to the backdrop of an old 60`s movie. No doubt the album is original and creative, and will likely win record of the year awards based on most critics reviews of it, but I think I will be skipping a bunch of tracks when I get this. I`m more of a rock music guy than a electronic/reggae sound. That said, there are some tunes that I really like and as with a lot of Arcade Fire`s music, some songs take some time to grow on me and then I love them. I do love the groove of “We Exist” so far.
I`m certainly looking forward to giving the album a few good listens before really deciding on what`s good and not so good. Either way, I love that they experimented with some new sound and it is refreshing to hear new music.
LOVE this tune. I think I will have to look into this album.
#Reflektor tracklist. Vol. I
2. We Exist
3. Flashbulb Eyes
4. Here Comes The Night Time
5. Normal Person
6. You Already Know
7. Joan of Arc
1. Here Comes The Night Time II
2. Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice)
3. It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus)
So, to much hype, Arcade Fire released their first single off the new album to be released in October, called “Reflektor”. My thoughts about this track went something like this, in order of about ten listens:
1. Weird and disco-y, but pretty cool
2. I think I’m liking this a lot. Really cool vibe.
3. Nodding and singing along. Holy crap, I think they did it again!
6. I can’t listen to this AGAIN, can I?
8. It’s maybe 2 minutes too long, but I still love it
9.Still loving it, but prefer more rock-y tunes so hopefully they didn’t abandon that style
10. I can’t wait to see what else is on this album
From the reviews I’ve read about their secret Montreal show Tuesday night, I am pretty excited about the new album. Sounds like it will be a great mix of moody tracks, and upbeat, danceable tunes. They released an official video which of course was bizarre - bringing back the giant heads and featuring a story line that Bjork would be proud of - and the much talked about interactive video, which was pretty cool to see too.
The critical response has been overwhelmingly positive. Pretty much everything I have seen has been glowing excitement for the new material based on the uniqueness of this track alone. While I’m not really a HUGE fan of the techno-disco sounding stuff like Daft Punk tend to do, or the electronic sound that Muse have been using, Arcade Fire are so creative and energetic in their songs and presentation that I will certainly be giving this new album a long listen.
Here is the Official Video: http://vevo.ly/5RkaGL
SNL - Debbie Downer
Cast members just can’t hold it together in this skit about at least three people I can think of in my family.
Bonus: Lindsay Lohan before her body showed the ravages of booze, drugs, and too many blowjobs-for-rent-money.
SO I`M ON TWITTER, and see that actor Dennis Farina died. I remembered him being a regular guest and friend of Craig Kilborn back when he had his late night talk show. Then I think “Hmmm, I wonder what Craig Kilborn is up to - is he on twitter”?
So I search twitter, and can`t find a legit account. I switch to google to see what he has been doing. I find an article on a show he was starting back 3 years ago. His co-host was going to be Christine Lakin, who was apparently on a sitcom called “Step by Step” for 7 years.
Sounds vaguely familiar, so I google “Step by Step”. Hey, Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Somers were in this! Still, it`s not ringing a bell. So I google “Step by Step” theme song. I feel like I should recognize this intro, but I don`t. BUT…
… I see “Staci Keanan” in the intro credits. She looks and sounds familiar! Where have I seen her before? What has she done? Off to imdb.com. Nothing looking familiar until -
HOLY SHIT ITS THE GIRL FROM “MY TWO DADS!” Paul Reiser went on and did some stuff, but what about that other dad? What happened to that guy?
You know where this is headed…
RIP Dennis Farina