Arcade Fire - WE
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2022 Ratings: #167 / 316
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Based on 825 ratings
2022 Ratings: #185
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Gigwise
WE is an album full of love. It’s full of heart, passion and soul. At just 40 minutes, it’s their most concise album, but not a second has been wasted.
100
The Independent

Rebooting the euphoria of their 2004 debut, Funeral, WE is a big old blast of an album. One destined to lift the spirit, inflate the soul and get fans dancing giddily through the carnage of 2022.

100
The Telegraph
The Canadian-American ensemble's sixth album is as musically and thematically ambitious as you'd expect, and it delivers in spades.
90
The Line of Best Fit

Set to the scale of Aladdin Sane meets Blackstar-era Bowie, the multi-chapter affair sees the onetime six-piece re-engaging with the cutting social commentary that has been a fixture since the beginning – The Suburbs recently taking on further prescience. 

90
DIY

It’s clear that these songs have a real and sincere heart, designed to both stir and soothe the soul in one fell swoop.

83
Paste
Win Butler and Régine Chassagne’s songwriting is the most heartfelt it’s been in over a decade.
80
God Is in the TV

Lyrically rather than musicallly, WE has an endless cycle thought.

80
Mojo

Ultimately ... WE is Arcade Fire’s best album since 2010’s The Suburbs. By circling back, they’re once again moving forward.

80
Uncut

Like Spoon with Lucifer On The Sofa and Animal Collective with Time Skiffs, Arcade Fire have delivered a triumphant restatement of purpose that 2022 probably doesn't deserve but is brightened by all the same.

80
musicOMH
Crystallises just what makes these Canadians so great: when they hit the mark, there’s nobody to touch them.
80
The Arts Desk
While some might find the breadth of sounds overwhelming, others will be left craving more, given just how much is squeezed into only 40 minutes.
80
Evening Standard

Open, welcoming, uplifting despite the darkness, there are few better companions for the apocalypse.

80
The Irish Times

It may have taken a pandemic for it to happen, but We feels like a return to what they do best: writing epic, emotive songs that connect with audiences, whatever their size. It’s good to have them back.

80
NME

Philosophically, they haven’t been so focussed since 2010’s ‘The Suburbs’, nor so musically dramatic since 2007’s ‘Neon Bible’.

80
Northern Transmissions
It all feels very real and still weirdly hopeful. Something we may all look back on and realize how much it helped us all to understand, recognize and negotiate the complex emotions we are all dealing with today.
80
The Observer
Beauty, bleakness and euphoria collide on this record of two halves.
80
Dork
Stronger, more robust and comfortable in their own skin, those questioning thoughts can firmly be cast aside. Arcade Fire are back, and they’re brilliant.
80
Louder Than War

WE is not a perfect record by a long way but it is a record that curiously seems exactly suited to its time. From both a critical and emotional perspective, for the first time in many years Arcade Fire appear truly human again.

75
Under The Radar

What differentiates WE from Everything Now is the strength of the surrounding songwriting. If ABBA-esque disco was a strange shoe fit for a band once well-beloved as the patron saints of modern indie rock, by returning to the stylings that defined their first decade together Arcade Fire have made their strongest record since The Suburbs.

72
Spectrum Culture
This sixth album finds Arcade Fire at a crossroads, and it doesn’t give a real indication of what path they want to follow.
70
Loud and Quiet

At its best ... WE reminds listeners what made this group the indie giants that they are and even makes a case that for all our irony-fuelled nihilism, a little earnestness, and perhaps even hope, aren’t always such a bad thing.

70
Exclaim!

Nothing here quite scratches the itch of both emotional catharsis and rapturous splendour the way Arcade Fire's best songs do, but after a few initial attempts at capturing our collective panic and frustration, they have finally managed to pull it off by seeing themselves as part of the problem.

70
Pitchfork
The band’s sixth album pivots back to a more melodic, sincere, and effortful style, attempting once again to find a genuine connection.
70
Slant Magazine
Economical hooks and ironic distance have been supplanted by a return to grandiose multi-part suites and painful sincerity.
70
AllMusic

While not as immediately accessible as the all-star run of their first three albums, WE will at least be a course-corrector for fans still alienated by Everything Now and the underrated Reflektor, a satisfying journey that realigns the band's heart and soul.

69
Beats Per Minute

It’s uneven, uncertain, even uncharismatic in some places. It’s retreading old ground and shouting at clouds, but also genuine and at times beautiful in its crystalline synth-pop nostalgia.

60
Rolling Stone
The first AF album in five years has moments of dance-rock elation and heroic empathy, but can get a bit sleepy as they try to puzzle out our “age of anxiety.”
60
The Guardian
After a weak 2017 predecessor, the band’s new album returns to well-trodden territory. Its peevish lyrics are irritating, but it should avert a slide down festival bills.
52
Sputnikmusic

WE asserts Arcade Fire’s dominance over their amorphous influencesphere as decisively as it asserts that they have very little of interest or import to say about pretty much anything.

50
PopMatters

Somehow, Arcade Fire have created an album that’s one half an exciting return to form and the other a continuation of their worst impulses with WE.

40
The Skinny

It’s perhaps no surprise after such a poorly received misfire that they should go here, and some of WE will trigger your sentimentality for this once great band, but ultimately it leaves a void. It’s not the end of the empire, and probably not the end of Arcade Fire, but it sounds like it should be.

40
The Needle Drop

If you've heard "The Lightning I-II," you've heard the only excitement WE has to offer.

Musicnerdd
70

Good comeback, but not enough

Arcade fire, the canadian indie rock band's new album is an acceptable comeback considering the mixed to negative reactons to their previous project "everything now". A simply good indie rock album consisting of nice and heart-warming slow-paced rock ballads. Well-produced and musically gorgeous.
But a good album is not enough for them
Recently and mostly after the release of everything now, arcade fire have been receiving a large amount of negative ... read more

BradTasteMusic
67

My relationship with this album is so complicated, that I don't want to bother typing a review anymore. 30 minute vid coming soon

whyisaac
95

This is easily my longest review ever, so advance warning. TL;DR at the bottom.

Like this record, I’m going to split this review into two distinct halves.

First of all: the unbiased half. Written from the perspective of a music lover, and enjoyer of Arcade Fire’s music. I’m going to try to keep this as objective as possible, and not let my personal attachment get in the way too much.

So, the question remains: Is this album good?

Well, yes. In fact, it’s really good. ... read more

NTTR
56

Arcade Fire - WE

Genre: Indie Rock
Country: Canada

Final Verdict: 56% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 319th / 441

Highlight: The Lightning II

Made me think of:
Wolf Alice
Interpol
Manchester Orchestra

PigeonMontes
50

With pertinent themes with clever and fantastical instrumentals, Arcade Fire continues to coast with dreary and rhythmic melodies and harmonies over uninteresting songwriting that you almost forget Win Butler is singing, but not Régine Chassagne. It’s constructed with linear focus instrumentally, but when it comes to the way subjects are delivered, your level of attention wanes. It’s disappointing; Arcade Fire has driven on more darkened paths, but their lively shift on ... read more

Z.Younk
37

What have they become? This is like a U2 record. Just awful.

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Added on: March 17, 2022