The song that opens "We", the sixth and new album by the band Arcade Fire, is called "Age of Anxiety" ("Age of Anxiety").
You would assume that this is another song about the global corona crisis that stopped the world until recently, but according to the band's lead singer Wayne Butler, the piece was written before the corona, and many of the topics the album's songs just became more relevant as reality became surreal.
There is no reason not to believe him, since he and his Canadian teammates have been criticizing the sick evils of modern times for years, and their very existence is a kind of split personality.
On the one hand, this is a band that has broken out quite a bit thanks to the Internet and has always been able to use it for its own purposes.
On the other hand, she has signed lyrics like "We Used to Wait" mourning the over-modernization of the world, and even called her previous album "Everything Now", in a sort of mockery of the instant culture that offers an endless selection of stimuli at any given time.
The previous album is considered the watershed in the relationship between Arcade Fire and the critics and fans, who until then had always been in the band's favor.
The messages in it were too simplistic, even troublesome, and except for a few songs there was not the spark that set the band apart earlier.
In many ways, "We" is more of the same.
Each song in it is quite pretentiously divided into two parts (and more often).
In terms of chord moves, these are songs very similar to the ones we have known before, so most of them are also very predictable.
Musically, there is a fairly equal division between the rock anthems that broke the band's path ("The Lightning" indicated on both parts), and the dance electronics of the continuation of their careers, as in "Unconditional II" which hosts Peter Gabriel.
Both ends of Arcade Fire are reflected in this album which contains very worn out messages, but also manages to occasionally touch the hearts of those who have not yet given up on this band.
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