Arcade Fire is still preaching, it’s just from a more brightly lit mount. It’s intentional to say that the Montreal-based band has allowed itself to make much for colorful, dance-embracing songs on new album “Reflektor,” in that they’ve shown so much restraint to keep their personalities closely tied to their comfortable rock sound on their previous three sets.
On last album “The Suburbs,” its standout “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” succeeded in its lively retro sound, combining Regine Chassagne and Win Butler’s strengths as vocalists and manic, holy messengers. On “Reflektor” — both the first single and the album on the whole — they took some of the same neon colors (no, not a Neon Bible) and flashing lights and applied it liberally, like an energy… and let LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy produce some, and David Bowie sing some.
Below is a track-by-track look at what makes “Reflektor” a solid, long and cerebral set, shy of the strings that was a signifier of the band before and bursting with a rejuvenated (if not downright young-artist) vibe of their future.