November 1. 2013

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Review of Arcade Fire's Reflektor

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The following is a guest article by Tyler Thursby.

Arcade Fire

My first introduction to Arcade Fire's Reflektor was through an enchanting self-titled music video, nearly eight minutes of black & white footage that read much like a short film. Cinematic is an appropriate term when describing the sound of Arcade Fire's latest album Reflektor as a whole, every vaulted track materializing a story one has to imagine could easily be adapted to the screen.

Reflektor's cinematic qualities and large sound packs an unshakable confidence behind it. Just when things threaten to spill over into an unmanageable chaos, the instrumentation finds order in the storm. That type of control is something Arcade Fire has worked long to master, but it certainly doesn't hurt to be working with David Bowie throughout the process of recording.

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Boston Red Sox

Game 6 of the 2013 World Series proved to be pretty great not just for the Boston Red Sox, but Boston fans everywhere. It was the first World Series win for Boston at Fenway Park since 1918. As if that wasn't big enough, for many, their win represented more than just a sports team claiming a victory (although that reason is pretty great, too!). Some applied the "Boston Strong" mantra — which emerged earlier this year in support of the Boston Marathon victims — to this very event. Following the Red Sox win, many convened at the Boston Marathon finish line in celebration of the Red Sox victory. Shoutout to the awesome beards the team sported during the win, too!

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