Arcade Fire brings a new attitude to KeyArena

Arcade Fire has become one of the world’s biggest bands, but has veered from what made them great earlier in their career.

If a band’s music can stand in for its ambitions, then Arcade Fire was always going to be one of the world’s biggest rock groups.

The Montreal sextet’s lauded debut “Funeral” is fit for arenas and remains something like a Platonic ideal of indie rock: towering, cathartic songs whose themes of love, death and growing up were painted in broad strokes. Thirteen years after that standout record (and after winning an album-of-the-year Grammy for 2010’s “The Suburbs”), Arcade Fire has become the globally famous rock band their sound always predicted they would.

When Arcade Fire plays KeyArena on Sunday, Oct. 15, it will be supporting the weakest album of its career; even the best acts drop the occasional dud. What’s unfortunate is how this latest version of the band undermines why people loved them to begin with.

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Arcade Fire

7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 15, KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $24-$81 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com).

On July’s “Everything Now,” an album about the effects of technology and social media on the modern psyche, the band has changed its tone from bright-eyed and edifying to knowing and more than a little cynical. The record’s protracted rollout included creating a fictional company (Everything Now Corp.) that sells $100 fidget spinners, getting embroiled in a controversy over the dress code at an Apple-sponsored concert, and writing a fake review of the album that lampooned popular indie-music website Stereogum.

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Considering it was Arcade Fire’s heart-on-sleeve sincerity that defined the band since the beginning, it’s striking to see it embrace irony and insidery meta-humor. Whether it was the…

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