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Arcade Fire feat. Mavis Staples - I Give You Power

Everything about this track is designed to rally and engage.
Arcade Fire feat. Mavis Staples - I Give You Power
Published: 3:36 pm, January 20, 2017
Everything about this track is designed to rally and engage.



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Organs echoing unnervingly through empty space, synths bounding to the darkest depths and back again, and one enduring refrain; "I gave you power, I can take it away."

Released on the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration, there's no mistaking what Arcade Fire's latest track is about. A protest song for the masses, 'I Give You Power' is purpose made to encourage and to energize.

Ricocheting rhythms offer a never-ceasing source of energy, repetitive synth melodies forcing their way under your skin as the vocal cries bury their way firmly into your consciousness, and it isn't long before the organs that initially sounded so unsettling return to reinforce the song's forceful lyrical statement with a gospel-like strength.

Impressive as all this is on its own, the real powerhouse performance here comes from Mavis Staples. Her soulful rasp ignites the track with an unrestrained fire, her raw delivery the dynamic gritty contrast to Win Butler's smooth cries that hammer the words home.

Everything about this track is designed to rally and engage, a driving force towards action that's near insatiable in its contagion. Which leaves only one question: what's holding you back today? Jessica Goodman

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