Arcade Fire - WE

Message Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed

https://www.nme.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Arcade-Fire-WE-Album-Packshot.jpg

WE is the upcoming sixth studio album by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire, to be released on May 6, 2022, through Columbia Records. The album was produced by Nigel Godrich, Win Butler, and Régine Chassagne

1 Age of Anxiety I
2 Age of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole)
3 End of the Empire I-IV
4 The Lightning I, II
5 Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)
6 Unconditional II (Race and Religion)
7 We

Bee OK, Friday, 18 March 2022 02:54 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJiALpiqpk8

Bee OK, Friday, 18 March 2022 02:55 (two months ago) link

lol

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 18 March 2022 03:10 (two months ago) link

eventually turns into the sort of propulsive anthem they haven't really done since the suburbs? but it doesn't move me. have pretty much no expectations for this and average track time of nearly 6 minutes doesn't help that

ufo, Friday, 18 March 2022 03:12 (two months ago) link

It sounds like them and underwhelmed on first listen

Bee OK, Friday, 18 March 2022 03:21 (two months ago) link

ah fuck, this is gonna ruin my birthday

frogbs, Friday, 18 March 2022 03:24 (two months ago) link

Happy birthday!

Sounds kind of exhausting, tbh (the band, not your birthday), but the last time I saw them live they were still pretty great, even though I hadn't liked anything from their last couple of (long) records. Didn't they release a shitty quarantine song a year or two ago? Is that on here?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 18 March 2022 10:34 (two months ago) link

The 40-minute, seven-song album is split into one side called “I” (an opening side about isolation) and another called “WE” (about reconnection); the first three tracks are on “I,” and the next four are on “WE.” 

--

anyway i liked the song ok! if that's from the I side, imagine how hard the WE side is gonna go

maf you one two (maffew12), Friday, 18 March 2022 10:42 (two months ago) link

there was a shitty new song they played on colbert a few years ago and a 45 min ambient piece during the pandemic, neither seem to be on this

ufo, Friday, 18 March 2022 10:54 (two months ago) link

oh the colbert song was end of 2020 for the election

ufo, Friday, 18 March 2022 11:00 (two months ago) link

Just heard “The Lighting I, Ii” on radio and was underwhelmed. Kinda melodramatic.

curmudgeon, Friday, 18 March 2022 11:01 (two months ago) link

hard time buying that

maf you one two (maffew12), Friday, 18 March 2022 11:10 (two months ago) link

well, i'm looking forward to it.

DT, Friday, 18 March 2022 16:08 (two months ago) link

hoping this is a bounce back, weirdly encouraged by the pretentious tracklisting

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 18 March 2022 16:16 (two months ago) link

ok this is their best album

― STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 6 May 2022

imago, Friday, 18 March 2022 16:26 (two months ago) link

Hi friends—
I’ve left Arcade Fire

— Will Butler (@butlerwills) March 19, 2022

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 19 March 2022 21:31 (two months ago) link

Wait, Sarah had already left, too?

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 19 March 2022 22:21 (two months ago) link

sarah is a weird case where she was only listed as a core member on neon bible and the suburbs but has played on all the albums and tours (beyond the very early days). she's still touring with them.

ufo, Saturday, 19 March 2022 23:24 (two months ago) link

WTF?

Bee OK, Sunday, 20 March 2022 01:41 (two months ago) link

oh, this is Will not Win

Bee OK, Sunday, 20 March 2022 01:42 (two months ago) link

oh weirdly the digital tracklist is split slightly differently to the cd tracklist

this is the digital tracklist
Age of Anxiety I
Age of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole)
Prelude
End of the Empire I-III
End of the Empire IV (Sagittarius A*)
The Lightning I
The Lightning II
Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)
Unconditional II (Race and Religion)
We

ufo, Sunday, 20 March 2022 09:27 (two months ago) link

The Arcade Strikes Back

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Sunday, 20 March 2022 12:09 (two months ago) link

new song is great imo :)

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Sunday, 20 March 2022 20:02 (two months ago) link

best they’ve founded in a while imho

flopson, Sunday, 20 March 2022 21:01 (two months ago) link

There is also this:

"End of the Empire I–IV
I. Last Dance
II. Last Round
III. Leave the Light On
IV. Sagittarius A*"

Bottom line is "Prelude" brings it from 39:44 to 40:14

Bee OK, Monday, 21 March 2022 03:36 (two months ago) link

the new song sounded a lot better the second time around, hope this album is good as i have lost track of them with the last few

Bee OK, Monday, 21 March 2022 03:38 (two months ago) link

yes the publicity for REFLEKTOR was pretty cringeworthy

assert (matttkkkk), Monday, 21 March 2022 03:53 (two months ago) link

That's when everything went wrong - it's like they got too full of themselves. In its defense, Reflektor could've been a good solid LP had they thrown out half of it. IIRC, the chaff was mostly concentrated into the second disc, but I haven't touched it in close to eight years.

birdistheword, Monday, 21 March 2022 04:18 (two months ago) link

Just heard “The Lighting I, Ii” on radio and was underwhelmed. Kinda melodramatic.

But that's the part of their schtick I enjoy!

I like the new single. It approaches the 'live' sound of Funeral that I loved so much.

Sam Weller, Monday, 21 March 2022 10:35 (two months ago) link

Arcade Fire are set to perform a special livestream show in New Orleans, Louisiana this Friday (April 1).

Per an official listing, fans will be able to “experience Arcade Fire from every angle with real-time, multi-camera views” via “the power of AT&T 5G”. Support comes from King Princess and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

the openers are on now and AF will be coming on in about two hours:
https://www.att.com/5Gfanzone

Bee OK, Friday, 1 April 2022 23:09 (one month ago) link

this is now ON, not going to watch it all but it's sort of cool with four different camera angles

Bee OK, Saturday, 2 April 2022 02:01 (one month ago) link

so either AT&T 5G sucks or too many people are online watching this as it freezing all over the place for me

Bee OK, Saturday, 2 April 2022 02:10 (one month ago) link

i have tuned in here and there but will say that "Age of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole)" sounds like a Disco anthem, great song

Bee OK, Saturday, 2 April 2022 03:00 (one month ago) link

They shoulda used Rogers 5G

Please don’t take / My time change away (morrisp), Saturday, 2 April 2022 03:04 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

hoping this is a bounce back, weirdly encouraged by the pretentious tracklisting

― STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, March 18, 2022 9:16 AM (one month ago) bookmarkflaglink

Some litmus tests: Does the thought of Butler solemnly declaring, “I unsubscribe” — over piano that evokes “Imagine” and The Sophtware Slump, on a nine-minute multi-movement saga called “End Of The Empire I-IV”

i take it back

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 April 2022 01:37 (three weeks ago) link

Complete the sentence:

Does the thought of Butler solemnly declaring, “I unsubscribe” — over piano that evokes “Imagine” and The Sophtware Slump, on a nine-minute multi-movement saga called “End Of The Empire I-IV”

1. Make you violently ill?
2. Increase the world total of suffering?
3. Make you want to hurt yourself?

we only steal from the greatest books (PBKR), Tuesday, 26 April 2022 13:16 (three weeks ago) link

wouldn't be a new arcade fire album without clunkers like that

ufo, Tuesday, 26 April 2022 13:48 (three weeks ago) link

“Born into the abyss/New phone, who’s this?”

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 April 2022 14:57 (three weeks ago) link

cleaning up your inbox can take a long time, tbf

sloop johnnin' skater (geoffreyess), Wednesday, 27 April 2022 01:39 (three weeks ago) link

You know, I’m happy for those of you who will find joy in this record. Everyone deserves to be musically happy. (I really mean this.)

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 27 April 2022 01:42 (three weeks ago) link

this is definitely more successful than the last two albums. not really anything special but it's solid and very streamlined compared to how wildly inconsistent those albums were.

nothing else resembles their earlier material like "the lightning" though, a fair bit of the album follows on from the synth-pop of the last two albums but it's generally executed a bit better.

only real dud is "end of the empire" which as a 9 minute suite is both underwhelming and overwrought and has butler's biggest lyrical clunkers of the album but it's nowhere near some of their previous nadirs, just a bit boring rather than a trainwreck

ufo, Thursday, 5 May 2022 19:08 (two weeks ago) link

Looking forward to finally listening to this tomorrow

Bee OK, Friday, 6 May 2022 01:28 (two weeks ago) link

was able to finally listen to the first half of this while taking a shower. so far so good and really like "Age of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole)," hope to finish this sometime tonight.

Bee OK, Friday, 6 May 2022 21:44 (two weeks ago) link

weird review bc it's not like this is getting overwhelmingly positive reception - consensus seems to be more around a lukewarm "well it's better than the last one or two". there are some rave reviews but there were even for everything now.

and what's with the insistence that "generation a" should have been on the album when it's just as bad as the very worst material from everything now

ufo, Saturday, 7 May 2022 00:25 (two weeks ago) link

I really like this album

Bee OK, Sunday, 8 May 2022 20:31 (two weeks ago) link

xxp a thesis in search of an album

made a couple false starts with this. it's just too dang sunny out.

maf you one two (maffew12), Sunday, 8 May 2022 21:14 (two weeks ago) link

i like “creature comfort” more than any song on the new one :(

and frankly the 1975 are way better at attempting whatever win’s trying to do lyrically

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Sunday, 8 May 2022 23:20 (two weeks ago) link

With this album as the final bit of evidence I need, I've concluded that I just don't think the Arcade Fire make very interesting synthpop, though they try to do it again and again.

And End of the Empire is an absolutely lethal, endless dead spot so early in this record.

I like do like The Lightning, and Lookout Kid made me smile.

Davey D, Sunday, 8 May 2022 23:55 (two weeks ago) link

and frankly the 1975 are way better at attempting whatever win’s trying to do lyrically

a big part of the difference is that matty has fun with it while win always comes across as so self-serious

but the lyrics on this one aren't as much of an active hindrance as they were on the last one, it's only really "end of the empire" where how bad they are is at the forefront like on everything now. i somehow barely notice the goofy lines in "rabbit hole" ("born into the abyss/new phone who's this").

the real successes here are "age of anxiety" i & ii and "the lightning". only really dislike "end of the empire" but the rest is a bit undercooked. incredibly sad that coldplay were recently able to do a 10 minute epic better than arcade fire.

ufo, Monday, 9 May 2022 00:14 (one week ago) link

“rabbit hole” is very…. bad imo

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 9 May 2022 04:02 (one week ago) link

surface level pleasant but doesn’t work as a song for me in the least

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 9 May 2022 04:03 (one week ago) link

i thought i would feel better about this record after a second listen but instead i’m vowing to never listen to “end of the empire” voluntarily again

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 9 May 2022 04:14 (one week ago) link

i also… don’t get “lookout kid.” melody is cloying as fuck and indefensible opinion ahoy but i think kids are cool and all but i’m never having any of my own and i don’t give a shit about what the song is trying to say

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 9 May 2022 04:28 (one week ago) link

very disappointed to discover that despite the pretentious af tracklist there are only two songs with any interrelated parts at all, “end of the empire” (ew) and “the lightning” (second half is dope and way too short)

i mean now that i’m looking at the tracklist i’m realizing they telegraphed this a bit

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 9 May 2022 04:38 (one week ago) link

I was basically liking this as background music and then one song came on that made me be like "ugh, what's this, it sounds like the thing that's supposed to be the big emotional number from a musical that closed in previews" and it's "End of the Empire," the same one all you guys hate

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 9 May 2022 15:38 (one week ago) link

the first track is really good and it totally gets you amped for an arcade fire record that the rest largely fails to be

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 9 May 2022 16:18 (one week ago) link

also “race and religion”…. woof

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 9 May 2022 16:18 (one week ago) link

First two tracks not bad before it gets equal parts dull and pompous.

Interesting how "Unconditional II" becomes the second stadium rock band (after Coldplay's "Talk") to borrow heavily from "Computerlove".

yesca, Saturday, 14 May 2022 17:44 (one week ago) link

Kinda feel like New Order's "Temptation" and "Procession" are a wellspring of inspiration for this band too; I started humming the former's melody over the snares of the Rabbit HOle track.

yesca, Saturday, 14 May 2022 17:46 (one week ago) link

lol okay, yes, "End of the Empire" is terrible. The first part, the part that was a super transparent Bowie bite, wasn't bad, but it just kept getting worse and worse.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 18 May 2022 15:19 (four days ago) link

I'm not sure about this album now, I was impressed when I played it for the 1st time as background music but on closer inspection it's not really hitting me.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 18 May 2022 18:26 (four days ago) link

They also have a commercial out that is playing all the time for Dolby System's, which is strange. It hypes the new album and Dolby.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 18 May 2022 18:28 (four days ago) link


You must be logged in to post. Please either login here, or if you are not registered, you may register here.