Arcade Fire's fourth album was a departure from the alternative soundscapes of their first three, brilliant, albums. It was one that I enjoyed through. Never more so than the title-track, an undoubted curve ball, Reflektor.
The title track is the sort of track that unveils another layer even when you listen to it six years later, a track that doesn't immediately strike you as Arcade Fire, indeed the funk-laden bass-line and shuffling percussion sound more Prince or LCD Soundsystem (James Murphy produced the album after all) but as the track progresses and builds around its wonderful groove, Win Butler's distinctive vocals (equally Régine Chassagne's too) start to shine through (with the heavily missed David Bowie also providing a couple of backing vocals).
At almost eight minutes in length the track is the very definition of "epic" and announces itself as the most unique and wonderful of openers from one this millennium’s finest bands.