8 Aug 2010
Arcade Fire has lost its heat
If we position, say, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in the first division of their time, then The Kinks would have been in the second division. Individual songs of The Kinks were great but their complete works didn't achieve the heights of the first division bands.
The difficulty with Arcade Fire is the instrumentation and balance. With most members of the band playing most of the time there is little tonal variation. The mix is muddy. And the song melodies lack power and passion. The three singers usually fail to achieve the strength and character of any of the leading vocalists of today, and even struggle to equal Katie White.
So THE SUBURBS is a disappointment after the potential hinted at - but not achieved - on the previous two albums.