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WE

Arcade Fire

WE

Sixth album from the Canadian indie rock band co-produced by Nigel Godrich and band members Win Butler and Régine Chassagne

ADM rating[?]

7.3

Label
Sony Music
UK Release date
06/05/2022
US Release date
06/05/2022
  1. 10.0 |   Gigwise

    An album full of love
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  2. 10.0 |   The Independent

    Rebooting the euphoria of their 2004 debut, Funeral, WE is a big old blast of an album. One destined to lift the spirit, inflate the soul and get fans dancing giddily through the carnage of 2022
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  3. 9.0 |   DIY

    These songs have a real and sincere heart
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  4. 9.0 |   XS Noize

    They might not be able to fix the world’s woes, but again, Arcade Fire provides the soundtrack to reaching for something better
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  5. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    All the facets of Arcade Fire’s 20-year career synchronise on WE
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  6. 8.3 |   Paste Magazine

    Win Butler and Régine Chassagne’s songwriting is the most heartfelt it’s been in over a decade
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  7. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    We feels like a return to what they do best: writing epic, emotive songs that connect with audiences, whatever their size. It’s good to have them back
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  8. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The first side is emotive and dark, tinged with isolation and fear; the latter half brighter and celebratory
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  9. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Crystallises just what makes these Canadians so great: when they hit the mark, there’s nobody to touch them
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  10. 8.0 |   Mojo

    WE is Arcade fire's best album since 2010's The Suburbs. By circling back, they've once again moving forward. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Arcade Fire have delivered a triumphant restatement of purpose that 2022 probably doesn’t deserve but is brightened by all the same. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    No better soundtrack for the apocalypse
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  13. 8.0 |   The Music

    They remain a band that deserves our attention
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  14. 8.0 |   NME

    Partly inspired by the 1924 novel We – itself an influence on George Orwell's 1984 – the band tackle modern malaise and find reasons to be cheerful
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  15. 8.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    A meditation on the modern age that is so earnest but doesn’t feel cheesy. It all feels very real and still weirdly hopeful
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  16. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Arcade Fire sixth album WE, is split into two parts that express polar opposite approaches on how to deal with the current world crises – not just Covid but climate change et al
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  17. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Beauty, bleakness and euphoria collide on this record of two halves
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  18. 8.0 |   Dork

    Arcade Fire are back, and they’re brilliant
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  19. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Bound together with a rather intoxicating blend of intimacy, inconsistency, and immediacy, this is the sound of a band coming home
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  20. 7.2 |   Spectrum Culture

    This sixth album finds Arcade Fire at a crossroads, and it doesn’t give a real indication of what path they want to follow
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  21. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    There's nothing on WE the band haven't already done before, but it's synthesized in a way that seems calibrated for this particular moment, ebbing and flowing between grimly accepting our terrifying reality and embracing the silliness of hope at a time like this
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  22. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    WE reminds listeners what made this group the indie giants that they are and even makes a case that for all our irony-fuelled nihilism, a little earnestness, and perhaps even hope, aren’t always such a bad thing
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  23. 7.0 |   Pitchfork

    The band’s sixth album pivots back to a more melodic, sincere, and effortful style, attempting once again to find a genuine connection
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  24. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Economical hooks and ironic distance have been supplanted by a return to grandiose multi-part suites and painful sincerity
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  25. 6.9 |   Beats Per Minute

    It’s uneven, uncertain, even uncharismatic in some places. It’s retreading old ground and shouting at clouds, but also genuine and at times beautiful in its crystalline synth-pop nostalgia
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  26. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Their first album in in five years sounds like a band circling the wagons
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  27. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    After a weak 2017 predecessor, the band’s new album returns to well-trodden territory. Its peevish lyrics are irritating, but it should avert a slide down festival bills
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  28. 5.2 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    WE asserts Arcade Fire’s dominance over their amorphous influencesphere as decisively as it asserts that they have very little of interest or import to say about pretty much anything
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  29. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    Somehow, Arcade Fire have created an album that’s one half an exciting return to form and the other a continuation of their worst impulses with WE
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  30. 4.0 |   The FT

    The Canadian indie-rockers strive for the heights in their latest release but struggle to get airborne
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  31. 4.0 |   The Skinny

    It’s not the end of the empire, and probably not the end of Arcade Fire, but it sounds like it should be
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  32. 3.0 |   The Quietus

    JR Moores considers self-immolation listening to the new Arcade Fire record
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