🎡 WE (Arcade Fire)

Listened 2022 studio album by Arcade Fire from Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

We (stylized as WE or “WE”) is the sixth studio album by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire, released on May 6, 2022, through Columbia Records. Produced by Nigel Godrich and band members Win Butler and RΓ©gine Chassagne, the album was recorded in New Orleans; El Paso, Texas; and Mount Desert Island in Maine. The album takes its name from the Russian dystopian novel We by Yevgeny Zamyatin.[1] It is the final album to feature multi-instrumentalist Will Butler, who departed the band in 2021 shortly after its completion.

It has been interesting to read some of the reviews of WE, stating that the album abandons their experimentation, for the familiar.

They remain epic on We, but more in the way that The Suburbs (2010) and Neon Bible (2007) felt so big. They’ve gone back to the sound that won them legions of fans, perhaps to placate those who weren’t prepared for the creative leaps on their past two records.

A part of me was left wondering if maybe a return to the familiar was simply what the situation called for?

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