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Remember how we briefly mentioned synth-pop back with track two? Well, Half Light II is the song where that side of things really begins to rear its head.
There’s a synthesised bassline running throughout the song that sounds like it could have been pinched from a Gary Numan record while the bass drum keeps a steady four-to-the-floor beat.
We’re not entirely convinced by this little sidestep into electro though. With the reverb heavy guitars that play over the bass rhythm Half Light II actually reminds us a little too much of U2. And that's a look that doesn't suit this band particularly well.
Oddly enough, while Arcade Fire managed to sound very current and contemporary while using traditional instruments, as soon as they break out these synths they start to sound a little dated.
Fortunately, Win Butler keeps the lyrical treats coming, so we’ll let U2 comparisons slide… for now.