All the synths are ugly as sin. the songs sound like they were farted out over a weekend. Regine Chassagne sounds like Yoko Ono now. The lyrics are cringey as f*ck. The album doesn't even sound like a full band played it. If it was revealed that Win Butler played all the instruments by himself it would honestly explain a lot.
They incorporated synth-pop and dance-pop elements into Reflektor, and I thought it worked really well there. There was still a bit of an edge to their sound, and it had some nice hooks too. I think I enjoyed that album more than most people (I'd say it's their 2nd best after the debut). But this watered down pabulum version of synth-pop is not what I want *any* band to sound like let alone arcade fire. It's like they decided to play up ALL their worst traits.