Arcade Fire, ‘Reflektor’

Karsten Moran for The New York Times

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The early buzz on Arcade Fire’s new album, courtesy of James Murphy, the former LCD Soundsystem mastermind who is one of its producers, was that it was “really [expletive] epic.”

Of course it is. Epic is the whole point of this band whose music carries an air of importance. It makes indie rock in ALL CAPS, the soaring soundtrack for the apocalypse.

“Reflektor,” the band’s fourth album – and first since scoring a coup at the 2011 Grammys by winning album of the year for “The Suburbs” – is no less foreboding. It is, however, the Montreal rockers’ most hit-or-miss effort, at once arresting for its audacity and kaleidoscopic swirl of influences but often exhausting with songs that buckle under their own weight.

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