Ar­cade Fire, “Ev­ery­thing Now”

The Denver Post - - FEATURES - — Dy­lan Owens

At the risk of sound­ing like the kind of per­son the Cana­dian in­die rock out­fit takes aims at on its lat­est al­bum, Ar­cade Fire has got­ten too smart for its own good. A con­cept al­bum at heart, “Ev­ery­thing Now” be­moans the screen-ob­sessed waste­land that the dig­i­tal age has wrought. “We turn the speak­ers up till they break /’cause ev­ery time you smile it’s a fake / stop pre­tend­ing you’ve got ev­ery­thing now,” front­man Win But­ler sings on the al­bum’s ABBA-in­flu­enced lead sin­gle. The song is a high­light de­spite its im­mense pre­tense, cast­ing a judg­men­tal eye at the phone-raised crowd from an arena stage that that very crowd (and its pre­cious in­ter­net) helped erect. A punchy melody and play­ful mu­si­cal de­meanor lifts the sin­gle above the rest of the al­bum, which is less con­cerned with mak­ing in­ter­est­ing mu­sic than trans­lat­ing David Foster Wal­lace’s “In­fi­nite Jest” to the stage.

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