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The Suburbs (Deluxe Version)

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While pop music has always held the city as the perfect place to lose oneself and reinvent your life, the real truth of the matter is that most rockers hail originally from the suburbs and it’s the hissing of those summer lawns that have shaped them as much as their imaginations. Brothers Win and William Butler pay tribute to their suburban Houston childhood with this immediate-classic album that paces itself to be a perfect concept album, even if listeners agree whether it’s a tribute to the suburbs or an excoriation. The Deluxe Version of the album includes two bonus cuts, the jamboree- inducing “Culture War” and the natural duet with Talking Head David Byrne for “Speaking In Tongues,” and several video features. The Spike Jonze-directed “Scenes from the Suburbs” suggests the group is not so amused by their upbringing. (Perhaps we now have our answer.) The joy of the album is still intact. “Ready to Start” kicks up a fury with a decadent lushness. “Empty Room” is pure urgency with a beat that threatens to pop out of its seat. The original ending, “The Suburbs (Continued),” remains a bittersweet farewell. A landmark album.

Customer Reviews

Loyal Fan Disappointed

Not to sound too cynical, but I am personally offended when a band I love, and who I have supported by buying every album they day they come out, is now forced to re-buy the same album to receive ALL the bonus material (mainly I am looking at the full film here and the booklet as all the tracks can be bought individually).

You disappoint me Arcade Fire. I think you let down your loyal fans when you make them buy the same music from you twice. I would have appreciated the film and bonus tracks being released as a $5.99 bonus package for those of us who have been with you from the start.

Still love ya, but a bit of the glow has left the relationship.

Missing out on Spike Jonze!!!

I really want to watch Scenes From the Suberbs, but I already own the album!! So NOT cool that the film is album only.

Hey, Arcade Fire fans...

If you already have the original album, download this new one from the Arcade Fire website - it's half the price and you get all the extras, so you don't feel like you're paying for the same songs twice (even though you are).


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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