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Arcade Fire – Reflektor

The latest Arcade Fire album received the highest score from Pitchfork they’ve gotten since their first. Reflektor‘s acclaim is significant and widespread. But, like a beloved premium cable show or a foreign best picture nominee, it’s really hard to get into. It’s a double album that feels like it shouldn’t be, with some songs too long and others feeling like complete filler. It has cameos from the likes of David Bowie and late night talk show host Jonathan Ross that feel perfunctory. The songs sound like interesting commentaries and also are hard to relate to and lack the emotion that made Funeral special. I want to like it so much, but I just don’t feel it.