Arcade Fire is at the Starlight this Saturday
Arcade Fire’s Reflektor was one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2013. An epic, sprawling record – part dance pop, part indulgent art concept – it was instantly acclaimed as brilliant and adventurous while simultaneously demolished as unfocused and overachieving.
I count three great songs on its latest effort (the title track is big and catchy and fits anywhere from your car stereo to a club playlist, and the Haitian beats are a nice touch), but I’m also among those who could do without the monstrous ambition to mean something deep. Not that any of that matters come Saturday, when Arcade Fire – determined to make the arena-rock experience a special one – encourages concertgoers to “dress up” and have fun. Tune-yards opens.