Here’s a band having fun being serious – and they have almost united the critics

03 August 2017 | by Christopher Howse



The papers have been full of Arcade Fire, the globally popular Canadian indie rock band. That is like saying the woods are full of edible fungi. You have to know where to look.

There are reasons why Tablet readers should be interested in Arcade Fire’s fifth studio album, Everything Now. These reasons go beyond the startling impression that the band made on me with their British television debut, 12 years ago now, on Jools Holland’s Later. The immediate sensation was of the convoluted texture of the sound, the unusual lyrics and Régine Chassagne’s elbow-length red gloves and short cocktail dress as she stood at the keyboard. This act was something different.

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