The new Arcade Fire album, ‘Everything Now’ is our pick for the album U Should Buy beginning Friday, July 28, 2017.
Ah, July 28, 2017 – the final Friday and final new music release day in July 2017. July 21, 2017 was by far the crème de la crème, featuring multiple notable new releases courtesy including Lust for Life by Lana Del Rey, Wins & Losses by Meek Mill, and Flower Boy by Tyler, the Creator. This week isn’t nearly as decorated, but any time a new Arcade Fire album arrives, it’s kind of a big deal. Everything Now is our pick for the album U Should Buy this week.
Arcade Fire, Everything Now
Alternative darlings Arcade Fire returns with its fifth studio album, Everything Now. Everything Now arrives four years after Reflektor, a double album released in October 2013. Everything Now is comprised of 13 tracks, with four singles released prior to the album: “Everything Now,” “Signs of Life,” “Creature Comfort,” and “Electric Blue.”
On dance-rock promo single “Everything Now,” frontman Win Butler delivers a respectable, tasteful vocal performance, intact with its fair share of playful moments. The production work is superb, incorporating rhythmic guitars which help retain an acoustic, folksy vibe that contrasts the disco sensibilities. The M.O. Is literally everything now. Throughout the song, the phrase means different things, both good or bad. “Everything Now” landed on The Musical Hype list, Best Songs of 2017 (So Far): Edition 2.0 at #19.
“Creature Comfort,” the second single from Everything Now, opens in electrifying fashion, with synths leading the charge. Arcade Fire remain in dance-rock mode, but also incorporate some gritty guitar in the mix, not to mention the hard-hitting groove. The themes of “Creature Comfort are darker than its exuberant sound, encompassing suicide and how screwed up society is. “Creature Comfort” landed on The Musical Hype list, Best Songs of 2017 (So Far): Edition 2.0 at #35.
Other New Releases
In addition to Everything Now, numerous other releases arrive beginning July 28, 2017. The titles in boldface were covered in more depth in The Musical Hype article, Music Shopping List | Arcade Fire Drops ‘Everything Now’ , published on July 24.
Aminé, Good for You; Manchester Orchestra, A Black Mile to the Surface; Vic Mensa, The Autobiography; The Isley Brothers & Santana, Power of Peace; Anthony Brown & group therAPy, A Long Way from Sunday; Joe Nichols, Never Gets Old; Alice Cooper, Paranormal; Cage the Elephant, Unpeeled; Logan Mize, Come Back Road; Shaman’s Harvest, Red Hands Black Deeds; Stephen Christian, Wildfires, Nichole Nordeman, Every Mile Mattered