Arcade Fire's We proves rock music is far from dying

Montreal, Canada - After a five-year hiatus, Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire dropped their new record, We, on Friday.

Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire released their sixth studio album, We, on Friday.
Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire released their sixth studio album, We, on Friday.  © Rich Fury / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

It feels as though rock music has died out of the mainstream these days. Hip-hop and pop tend to dominate the airwaves, and even prominent rock bands have often incorporated elements of genres like EDM in an attempt to stay relevant.

That's why bands like Arcade Fire stand out so much. They've managed to not only remain a tour de force, but prove that there is still a place for rock in today's quickly-changing musical taste.

The group's highly anticipated sixth studio album, We, continues their legacy as one of the genre's biggest acts. It borrows its title from the 1921 sci-fi novel of the same name by Russian author Yevgeny Zamyatin.

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We consists of 10 tracks with titles that give off heavy Pink Floyd vibes and a big, stadium sound that's perfect for their upcoming world tour.

Following their 2017 hit record Everything Now, Arcade Fire has a lot to live up to. Every one of the band's previous albums have been Grammy nominated, and to keep up that momentum is quite a colossal task. Somehow, they manage to do so with We almost effortlessly, without veering away from the sound and aesthetic that fans around the world have come to revere.

Instead of trading in their trademark guitar licks and experimental sound for something more "commercial," they've managed to put together another record that's just as heartfelt and emotional as it is technical and impressively executed.

Arcade Fire proves with We that the world is still hungry for music with depth and insight, and rock music is far from dying.

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