Fans now need to dig deep for Brooklyn shows
Gaby Whitehill

10:41 18th October 2013

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Tickets for this weekend's sold out Arcade Fire shows in Brooklyn are being resold online for up to a massive $5,000.

Fans hoping to catch the Canadian band taking their new album, Reflektor, to the stage will have to fork out up to $499 for the Friday show, with the cheapest tickets being flogged for $220. Astoundingly, the most expensive Saturday tickets are being sold for $5,000, with the cheapest also going for $220.

Watch the video for Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' below:

Craiglist has been flooded with touts flogging the eye-wateringly expensive tickets since the original release on Ticketmaster on Thursday, which inevitably sold out immediately after being released.

Reflektor, Win Butler and co's fourth studio album and follow up to 2010's The Suburbs, is due to be released October 28th.

Below: what the critics have to say about Arcade Fire's new album, Reflektor

 

  • Rolling Stone - "The way Butler and Chassagne, who are married, sing those lines in "Reflektor" is a sublime moment in the commotion. It is also a perfect summary of their group's still-fervent indie-born hunger after a decade of mainstream success... A two-record, 75-minute set of 13 songs and the best album Arcade Fire have ever made."

  • Q - "While Reflektor isn't so flawed as to strip them of their sash, it's a wobble on a podium, a needless error of judgement that could have been easily avoided."

  • Mojo - "Despite the lulls, the resistance to ending songs, Reflektor lets Arcade Fire shed expectations along with a skin, an act of rejuvenation few at their level manage with conviction"

  • NME - "It’s the emotional histrionics we expect from Arcade Fire; this is dance music with heart. Melodies and harmonies spin out like tendrils as a warm bridge provides a balm to the latent aggression."

  • Clash - "Undercooked electronics, impotent rhetoric, too-familiar crescendo-ing structures and an overall feeling that this needs further post-production attention render 'Reflektor' an entirely substandard album."

  • Uncut - "While the overall sound is massive, it's become somewhat restricted in tone and texture, most tracks careering towards climaxes of cacophonous synth whines and heavy rock guitars, a narrower palette than on previous albums."

  • The Quietus - "Even more dance influences manifest themselves with the added ingredient of very low-frequency bass and washes of keyboards. This really does give the impression of being mastered for power but the result is that a lot of the cymbals and percussion become lost."

  • The Fly - "It's this diversity that makes Reflektor more than a curio. While it's too long, so long, in fact, that you'll forget your own name and nationality - its scale immerses you entirely in Arcade Fire's universe. And, let's face it, they had to make their own. Ours is no longer big enough."

  • Pitchfork - "On "Reflektor", Arcade Fire elevate message over medium by relying on their true superpower, a belief that their own music must create a timeless, communal connection. It's a sleek, dark disco epic that doesn't belong to the 1970s, '80s, '90s-- or any decade, really."

  • Spin - "Reflektor is like Mad Men or a Mercedes or Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom: whether or not you like it, the quality of the art and the scale of the accomplishment are undeniable."

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