Definetly a disappointment after a couple of listens. You just have to look at the track listing to know the album will be too long. The 1st three tracks are pretty good, but they also sound like they've given up on much of their musical ambition (a bit like HOTS on their 2d album); and then it's the songwriting that's gone. I feel like giving it a few more chances though. Mr David, you're right about familiarity, but not all albums make you want to come back to them.
i've given this a few listens now and i reckon i sit somewhere between abs and titch (ahem). yeah so i think it's a good album tbh, 7-8/10 stuff imo. it's true that it is too long and it is perhaps a bit too relentlessly mid-tempo (but then again month of may, the most driving song on there, is also the weakest for me) but it's also really well crafted and has great hooks and variety in texture.
i agree with abs in that i don't see how this record is a desperate grasp for mainstream success, yes it has plenty of accessible radio-friendly tunes on there but then again so did both of their previous albums.
i actually find this a far more satisfying follow-up to funeral than neon bible. that album sounded like it wasn't sure what it wanted to be, with this record they clearly had a definite direction and vision and have followed through with that well. yeah it may not be as good as funeral, and it lacks anything with the bristling energy of power out or tunnels, but it is a more than solid album from a band that could yet prove to be a great album band imo.
or they could turn into another U2, and the resemblances are evident on this record. but where kings of leon jumped straight into the mire of all that you can't leave behind, at least arcade fire have had the decency to stop off at the joshua tree
Albums called LEFT lol You look a right douche now!
It's by no means a touch on The Lost Riots but has some big tunes. I'm not sure what you mean by "formatting" tbh.
Formatting: shorter tracks, simpler song structures, more basic production & arrangements.
They said the wanted to write songs instead of wrapping everying up in some bombastic apoloptic sound which imo was a bit of a mistake. There's a lot more going on with Left than the new AF album though.
Haven't bothered to listen to the new album yet, like the title track but the other two are a bit beige. Even though Neon Bible was utterly shit, the time I caught them at the Barrowland on that tour remains one of the best gigs I've ever been to. Fuck seeing them, or anyone else, at the SECC though.
Gigs are popular these days, I remember when a band would do 2 nights at a venue and everybody would be like NO WAY, the music playing brixton academy, I remember thinking this is amazing all these people here