NOTE: My distinguished former journalism colleague Lloyd J. Nelson III requested I review Arcade Fire’s latest album as a means, I believe, to start an argument. With this review I (gleefully) oblige his request. Let the disagreements begin!
Death need not be depressing. It can spark dance parties. I’ve seen it happen. In my hometown of New Orleans it’s called a second line. People celebrate the departed with brass instruments and umbrellas and colorful outfits. And they shake their sorrow away. Which is the kind of catharsis through movement I hoped the Grammy Award-winning rock act Arcade Fire’s fourth LP, the double album Reflektor, would achieve when I learned LCD Soundsystem ringleader James Murphy produced its lion’s share.