Arcade Fire – Reflektor

Not much time to post so I will be quick.

I’ve never really heard Arcade Fire … well, I must have done inadvertently as they’re one of the biggest bands in the world but I had a bit of a chip on my shoulder. This guy i knew really liked them, he was a nob so I subconsciously rejected them. So why I am writing here about them? Probably because James Murphy produced their latest album and Pitchfork reviewed it at 9.2.

Wow. This is a good record. One miss-step in terms of the track list but apart from that its a a stonking listen. Murphy’s presence is obvious to anyone who’s stalked him as much as we have but … he’s half turned Arcade Fire into Talking Heads. Particularly Remain in Light Talking Heads which of course we’re all familiar with. Afterlife, the track I’ve posted here is very reminiscent in the intro its almost uncanny!

So, I am pretty sure Guy is an AF fan but not sure if Nolan and David shared similar chips on shoulders to me.

Anyway, I love this. I can’t stop listening to it.

What do you think?

PS – I’ve got Spotify Premium so have practically stopped buying CDs, feels weird but am enjoying it. Any opinions on this?

November Album: Talib Kweli – Prisoner Of Conscious

For the last 15 years Talib Kweli has been a constant in my world. First through Black Star with Mos Def, then Reflection Eternal with DJ Hi Tek and then on his own. I fully admit I had a bias towards this album even before I listened to it; it was going to be good…. Because rarely is Talib Kweli not on point.

Banishing my personal bias I present to you Talib Kweli’s ‘Prisoner of Conscious’. An album that was delayed for about a year an the album that Kweli claimed that he was making for himself and was going to be different from previous realses of his.

Baring that I’m still not understanding what he has done so different from previous releases I have very few issues with this album. It’s strong, versatile hip hop.

Though Kweli could easily stand alone on his album he’s filled it with some great appreaences from the likes of Busta Rhymes, the Rza, Nelly and an amazing 18 bars from Kendrick Lemar.

Why did I choose this album this month; when I think about it I think it’s fairly straight forward. I like listening to Talib Kweli, he’s more than a MC, he’s a story teller. He makes good albums, and hopefully you’ll think the same.