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Editors’ Notes

Amid an early ’00s, post-Strokes rock landscape that celebrated aloof, carefully cultivated cool, Funeral reminded jaded hipsters of how it feels to feel, delivering outsized, stadium-toppling grandeur with bloodletting, punked-up intensity. Upon its release, the album transformed Montreal into an internationally renowned indie-rock epicenter, but the seismic aftershock of emotionally fraught epics like “Wake Up” and “Rebellion (Lies)” would reverberate upward into the pop mainstream—where wordless, shout-it-out group choruses and climactic crescendos are now the norm.

Customer Reviews

The only album that mattered in 2005

If you haven't heard of Arcade Fire by now ... where have you been? They are by far one of the most inspirationally unique bands to have appeared in the last decade. Funeral is a great album. And it is a true album. It is best listened to from start to finish as each track builds or take cues from the previous and feeds into the next one. If you are a fan of music, do yourself a favour and buy Funeral. If you plan on getting stranded on a desert island (with a power source) make sure this is on your iPod. Five stars and 3 years later it is still in heavy rotation on college music stations and iPods everywhere.


from start to finish, this sounds like a neighborhood, a place of strange occurences and popsicles in the summer, and tunnels of snow. listen up. nothing better.


Without a doubt one of the most beautiful albums I've heard in a long while.


Formed: June, 2003 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A combination of indie rock muscle and theatrical, unapologetic bombast turned Arcade Fire into indie royalty in the early 2000s. Originally comprised of Régine Chassagne, Richard Parry, Tim Kingsbury, and brothers William and Win Butler, the group formed during the summer of 2003, after Win spotted Chassagne singing jazz standards at a Montreal art exhibit. The grandson of famed swing-era bandleader Alvino Rey, Win was quickly charmed by Chassagne's performance, leading the two to launch a songwriting...
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