Single Review – Arcade Fire ft. Mavis Staples – I Give You Power 

If we didn’t already know of President Trump’s unpopularity in the world of celebrity already, it seems some big names have decided to affirm this in the releases of their protest tracks. Alongside The Gorillaz, Arcade Fire dropped I Give You Power the eve of the threatening inauguration. Unlike the The Gorillaz, however, who chose to embody their opinions concerning Trump in a fumble of melancholy confusion, Arcade Fire’s release is electrifying in every sense. The track builds upon itself with heavy synths while switching up the sound every now and again, which only seems to intensify the forcible vocals. Recruiting the soulful voice of Mavis Staples, at the same time as adding extra gusto, thoroughly emphasises the sense of togetherness this song symbolises, drawing influences from different genres and backgrounds. And this message is the true core of the track: Arcade Fire, in conjunction with the song, tweeted: “It’s never been more important that we stick together & take care of each other.” I Give You Power comes to a hauntingly powerful conclusion, as Win Butler whispers “I can take it away…watch me” into the ear of the listener. It’s an intelligently-produced track with a strong morale: a winner.

Eleanor Chivers

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