St. Vincent's Annie Clark has always been a bit eccentric (read: awesome), so when we heard The Talkhouse had her review the critically acclaimed and highly anticipate Arcade Fire album Reflektor, we couldn't wait to read what she had to say.
Her approach to the review is Googling a bunch of terms about the constructs of the album and explaining her thought process as she goes. It's not the most fluid piece, but it's definitely interesting. She solves the mystery behind the bass sound on "We Exist," contemplates the classic jocks vs. musicians stereotype, gives the history of Orpheus and Eurydice and introduces the term "sploshing."
She concludes the review with the claim, "The Arcade Fire have released an album that elucidates our constant psychic vacillation between uber-connection and utter disconnection. They ask you to be aware of your fractured attention span/psyche/in touch with your humanity. Arcade Fire so mercifully avoid the Nuremberg-rock cliches ("Hey!") in favor of sleaze, anxiety, and pathos that you can dance to. Reflektor is an utterly 2013 record that asks the existential questions "Where are we now?" and, more importantly, "Where are we going?"" She answers that question with a Joe Strummer quote, "Straight to hell, boys."
We don't want to spoil the whole thing for you, so go ahead and read it for yourself here!