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  1. Reflektor 10
  2. We Exist 9
  3. Flashbulb Eyes 9
  4. Here Comes The Night Time 9
  5. Normal Person 8
  6. You Already Know 5
  7. Joan Of Arc 8
  8. Here Comes The Night Time II 7
  9. Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice) 7
  10. It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus) 10
  11. Porno 9
  12. Afterlife 9
  13. Supersymmetry 9

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Really? I've heard it's a stand-out track (in a good way)

 

Oh it's definitely a stand-out track. In a dumb lalala way. It just doesn't fit the album at all. I want it to not exist. :angry:

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I feel like "Normal Person" fails to deliver as much as the live version. Still good, just not as much of a punch.

Yeah. All of the songs feel more restrained on the record. Especially NP.

But some are a lot better than the live versions, like HCTNT.

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Metacritic actually censored Orpheus' lil marble penis. :disappointed:

 

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Looks like this album will be substantially lower rated than the previous 2. It is a lot like The Suburbs, very good but not as stunning as Funeral and not nearly as focused as Neon Bible. I think it's even more uneven than The Suburbs. The high points are amazingly high while the low points and the length weigh the album down. Hope this will be a signal for them to focus on quality rather than quantity because this is really unnecessarily long (the hidden track and the Supersymmetry appendix are pretty useless + a couple of altogether redundant songs) and the 2 distinctive sides of the double album are not distinctive enough. Also the lyrics are pretty typically AF which can be an annoyance in some songs. But overall I'm impressed because 2/3 of the album are perfect and I think this is sonically a step in the right direction.

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Early impressions:

 

We Exist basically sounds the same as the live version, which is a good thing.

 

HCTNT is a bit flat compared to the live version. Still love it. (edit: on second listen, it just all clicked. This song right here, is why I love music. Period.)

 

NP is better on the album. Just my opinion.

 

YAK reminds me of Sgt. Pepper's. I like it so far.

 

JoA is very, very reminiscent of the B-52's. I love it.

 

I don't know why, but the music's very quiet despite having my volume all the way up, which lessens the immersion. I won't be able to truly enjoy this album until it comes out for reals.

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"Supersymmetry" blew my mind. :stunned:

 

Finally finished the whole album, loved it altogether. I think "Joan of Arc" is really the biggest falter. Not too into it. Other than that, I really love each song and can't wait to listen to "Here Comes the Night Time" with the windows down on a warm, summer evening at twilight.

 

Favorites:

 

-Here Comes the Night Time

-Normal Person

-Supersymmetry

-Afterlife

-Porno

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Finished first half, waiting on second half to download. Here's what I thought:

 

Reflektor -- 6 -- I'm a bit burned out on this song to be honest. I was tempted to just skip to the new stuff.

 

We Exist -- 8 -- I dig the beat and the bassline, but the song just stays at one level the whole time. I would have liked to build up a bit more or have something happen.

 

Flashbulb Eyes -- 7 -- A lot of people are writing this song off as the weakest song. I think it holds it's own against other tracks. And strangely enough, the very beginning of this track reminds me of Death Grips.

 

Here Comes the Night Time -- 10-- OH HOHOHO... BOY!!! YES YES YES! This is just pure ear candy. The way Arcade Fire plays around with tempo and different sounds-- from the boat-horn noise in the first verse to high, clangy piano notes-- is just soooo good. The song just makes me smile.

 

Normal Person -- 8.5 -- This song reminds me a lot of the Rolling Stones. Like Month of May, I've always loved it when they go straight-up rock and roll. It's a nice break from the Haitian drum beats and dance synths.

 

You Already Know -- 7 -- The beginning and ending of this song remind me a lot of Sgt. Pepper's. It's very poppy, but I thought it was decent. Subsequent listens could raise or lower the score I have now, it's hard to tell.

 

Joan of Arc -- 8 -- I enjoy this song a lot as well. It reminds me a lot of the B-52's, which my parents played a lot when I was growing up, so there's a bit of familiarity there.

 

The first half is pretty good, but the hidden track is kinda pointless. I don't know why it's there.

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Album stream with the full album music video!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBjqUEMlHTY

OMG! How is this even possible? (Lol won't it piss off their record label?)

 

This film was the missing link, obviously a big inspiration for this album but also the thing that connects the 2 main themes here that have nothing to do with each other - the tropical sound and the Orpheus and Eurydice myth.

 

And OMG :bomb: it just keeps sounding better and better, your rip was better than the one on TPB and this is better than yours.

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OMG! How is this even possible? (Lol won't it piss off their record label?)

 

This film was the missing link, obviously a big inspiration for this album but also the thing that connects the 2 main things here that have nothing to do with each other - the tropical sound and the Orpheus and Eurydice myth.

 

And OMG :bomb: it just keeps sounding better and better, your rip was better than the one on TPB and this is better than yours.

 

It was uploaded by their label (Sonovox) :P

 

And I think that the movie is called Black Orpheus, the same movie from the Afterlife video

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It was uploaded by their label (Sonovox) :P

 

And I think that the movie is called Black Orpheus, the same movie from the Afterlife video

 

Oh. :D I thought that was their personal non-VEVO channel.

 

Um yeah I know I saw it in 1959 before it was cool. :pimp2:

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Definitely prefer this to Suburbs. Not sure if there's anything better than The Suburbs (Continued) on it but that was pretty much the only good song on the last one, along with the other version of that song.

 

Half reminds me of Bright Eyes when he experimented a bit given that there was an effort to provide an album with an overall feel with elements outside of the song (like party atmosphere, the Jonathan Ross inclusion and of course his voice.

 

Pleasantly surprised by this album. Had written them off. They'll never be back to their best, mind.

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