Everything Now

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Everything Now
Everything Now Arcade Fire.jpg
Cover art for digital versions
Studio album by Arcade Fire
Released July 28, 2017 (2017-07-28)
Recorded September 2016 – April 2017
Studio
Genre Dance-rock[2][3]
Length 47:11
Label
Producer
Arcade Fire chronology
Reflektor
(2013)Reflektor2013
Everything Now
(2017)
Singles from Everything Now
  1. "Everything Now"
    Released: June 1, 2017
  2. "Creature Comfort"
    Released: June 16, 2017
  3. "Signs of Life"
    Released: June 30, 2017
  4. "Electric Blue"
    Released: July 13, 2017
  5. "Put Your Money on Me"
    Released: January 19, 2018[4]

Everything Now is the fifth studio album by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire. It was released on July 28, 2017, physically through Sonovox Records[1] and digitally through Columbia Records.[5] The album was produced by Arcade Fire alongside Thomas Bangalter of the electronic-house duo Daft Punk and Pulp bassist Steve Mackey. Previous collaborator Markus Dravs provides co-production, with additional production by Geoff Barrow of Portishead and Eric Heigle.[6]

Promotion

In May 2017, Arcade Fire performed six new songs at an intimate secret show in Montreal.[7] Later that month, a Twitter account designed to look like a Russian spambot started publishing clues pertaining to the new Arcade Fire album.[8]

On May 31, the band released the lead single "Everything Now" on 12" vinyl, selling it at a merchandise stall at Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona which they headlined.[9] A day later, a mysterious live stream "Live From Death Valley" was launched[10] and the band released a music video for the song,[11] appearing to have been shot in Death Valley, California.

On June 3, anagrams of song titles were published on Twitter.[12]

On June 22, the band published the music video for "Creature Comfort" to its YouTube page. It was marketed with a Facebook post purportedly from a disgruntled "Everything Now Corp" employee railing against the band's refusal to engage in corporate promotion of its new album.[13]

Similar satirical marketing done in promotion of the album stemmed from an agreement the band was in; dubbed a “360 degree agreement” proposed by Everything Now Corp, whereby the band created multiple pieces of fake online articles related to events happening within the company and band. One example involving Arcade Fire providing a "premature premature evaluation" of Everything Now days before release as a spoof of online music reviews, or a review of a fake installment in the rhythm video game series Rock Band titled Arcade Fire: Rock Band, or multiple pieces of fake advertising for products based on names of songs off of Everything Now. A collection of other promotional articles created by the band are included on the side of the fake website that lead to numerous other fake websites.[14]

Infinite Content tour

To promote the album, the band will embark on the Infinite Content tour across Europe and North and South America.[15] To precede the album's release, the band went on a near two-month-long tour of Europe, headlining festivals and their own shows, including smaller venues.

Reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 66/100[16]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[17]
The A.V. Club B[18]
Chicago Tribune 2/4 stars[19]
Entertainment Weekly B+[20]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[21]
The Independent 5/5 stars[22]
NME 5/5 stars[23]
Pitchfork 5.6/10[24]
Q 3/5 stars[25]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[26]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Everything Now received an average score of 66 based on 39 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[16] Reviews were polarized, with some praising it as one of the year's best and others stating that it was a serious misstep for the band.

Jeremy Winograd of Slant Magazine claimed that, "The result is by far Arcade Fire's most upbeat and easily digestible album to date."[27] Barry Nicolson of NME wrote that "The Canadian art-rockers are bigger, bolder and more fearful of the future than ever" rating it five stars out of five,[23] while Will Hermes of Rolling Stone praised the album for its lyrical content, writing that it is "treacherous territory, but the band navigates it bravely, especially when it turns the critical lens on itself."[26]

In a mixed review for The Guardian, Alexis Petridis wrote that the "desire to experiment musically isn't enough to make Everything Now a bad album – there are songs worth hearing and genuinely thrilling music here – but rather a flawed one."[21] Jon Pareles of The New York Times wrote that "The title song finds a breezy balance between earnestness and exhilaration. Elsewhere, that balance falters, and Everything Now becomes a slighter album than its predecessors."[28] Isaac Feldberg of The Boston Globe panned the album, writing that "the band has doubled down on snotty yet trite social criticism," while adding that "'Peter Pan' and 'Chemistry' could duke it out for the title of Arcade Fire's worst-ever song."[2] Equally negative, Brendan Frank of Pretty Much Amazing wrote that "For the first time in their career, Arcade Fire haven’t made a record; they've manufactured one."[29] Jeremy Larson of Pitchfork wrote that "Conceptually, the songs don't transcend their social critique, they succumb to it."[24]

Accolades

Publication Accolade Year Rank Ref.
Drowned in Sound Favourite Albums of 2017
2017
100
NME NME's Albums of the Year 2017
2017
29

Commercial performance

Everything Now debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 100,000 album-equivalent units, of which 94,000 were pure album sales.[32] It is Arcade Fire's third US number-one album.[32]

Track listing

All tracks written by Arcade Fire.

Everything Now[5][33]
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Everything_Now (Continued)" Arcade Fire 0:46
2. "Everything Now" (contains elements from "The Coffee Cola Song" written by Francis Bebey) 5:03
3. "Signs of Life"
  • Arcade Fire
  • Mackey
  • Bangalter
4:36
4. "Creature Comfort"
4:43
5. "Peter Pan"
2:48
6. "Chemistry"
  • Arcade Fire
  • Dravs
3:37
7. "Infinite Content" Arcade Fire 1:37
8. "Infinite_Content" Arcade Fire 1:41
9. "Electric Blue"
  • Arcade Fire
  • Mackey
  • Bangalter
  • Dravs
4:02
10. "Good God Damn"
  • Arcade Fire
  • Mackey
3:34
11. "Put Your Money on Me"
  • Arcade Fire
  • Mackey
  • Bangalter
  • Eric Heigle
5:53
12. "We Don't Deserve Love" Arcade Fire 6:29
13. "Everything Now (Continued)" Arcade Fire 2:22
Total length: 47:11

Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from liner notes[1] and Tidal.[34]

Arcade Fire

Production

  • Arcade Fire – production
  • Steve Mackey – production
  • Thomas Bangalter – production
  • Markus Dravs – co-production (tracks 5, 9), additional production (track 6)
  • Geoff Barrow – additional production (track 4)
  • Eric Heigle – additional production (track 11), recording
  • Mark Lawson – additional recording
  • Iain Berryman – additional recording
  • Korey Richey – additional recording
  • Florian Lagatta – additional recording
  • Craig Silvey – mixing
  • Max Prior – mixing assistance
  • Greg Calbi – mastering

Additional musicians

  • Owen Pallett – string arrangements (tracks 3, 10), piano (track 6), strings (tracks 6–8, 11)
  • Arcade Fire – string arrangements (tracks 3, 10)
  • Sarah Neufeld – string arrangements (tracks 3, 10), strings (tracks 6–8, 11)
  • Daniel Lanois – pedal steel (tracks 11, 12)
  • Thomas Bangalter – synthesizer (track 2), programming (track 11)
  • Geoff Barrow – synthesizer (track 4)
  • Mark Lawson – MPC (track 6)
  • Stuart Bogie – saxophone (tracks 3, 5, 6), flute (track 5)
  • Matt Bauder – saxophone (track 6)
  • Charlie Gabriel – saxophone (track 5)
  • Patrick Bebey – pygmy flute (track 2)
  • Willonson Duprate – congas (tracks 3, 5, 6, 10)
  • Jean "Diol Kidi" Edmond – congas (tracks 3, 5, 6, 10)
  • Korey Richey – drum machine (track 3)
  • Rebecca Crenshaw – strings (tracks 1–3, 10, 13)
  • Helen Gillet – strings (tracks 1–3, 10, 13)
  • Harmonistic Praise Crusade Choir (track 2)
  • Akia Nevills – choir vocals (tracks 4, 6)
  • Kayla Jasmine – choir vocals (tracks 4, 6)
  • Tracci Lee – choir vocals (tracks 4, 6)
  • Jelly Joseph – choir vocals (tracks 4, 6)

Design

  • JR – artwork
  • Marc Azoulay – artwork assistance
  • Camille Pajot – artwork assistance
  • Guillaume Cagniard – artwork assistance
  • Ping Pong Ping – album graphic design
  • Anton Corbijn – band portrait

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[65] Platinum 80,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[66] Silver 60,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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