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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.

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The Suburbs + a bit extra

Goes without saying that if you don't own Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" by now you are seriously missing out - so here's your chance to hop on board. If you already own The Suburbs, it's probably not worth downloading the album again. Speaking in Tongues is a great track though and is worth your 99p. Culture War is pretty decent too.

The new Wasted Hours is my personal highlight here; the new ending indulges itself in a surprising change of pace - something that some fans felt was missing from The Suburbs originally.

5 stars for this album if you don't already own most of it.

Great as ever.

Whilst being probably my least favourite AF record, The Suburbs was always a 5 star album and this new deluxe edition only enhances that.
The extended version of "Wasted Hours" takes the original (probably the dullest track for me in its short form) and makes it an album highlight - that coda really is something special.
On top of this, the two brand new tracks, "Culture War" And "Speaking In Tongues", are worthy inclusions - "Culture War" treads the same lyrical ground as most of the songs, and due to its length it's easy to see why it was left off the initital pressing - the original album would have been over 70 minutes long. However, I personally prefer it to some of the songs here (e.g. "City With No Children") and it's a pretty great track.
"Speaking In Tongues" is probably the best new track. A guest vocal from David Byrne adds an unexpected tone to the song, and it only works for the better.
So overall, a fantastic record, made better. Download away.

On a side note: the only issue I have with this "Deluxe" package is that it would be nice if the two new tracks had been sequenced into the record instead of just tacked on the end, when clearly the only way to end the album is with "The Suburbs (Continued)". But that's a minor quibble, and you can do it yourself if you really must.

The Suburbs.... BUT EVEN BETTER!

I have always preffered The Suburbs to Neon Bible but it was never quite as good as Funeral. Now with these two new songs and an extra bit added to Wasted Hours it comes even closer to being my favourite Arcade Fire album (I seriously doubt I will ever like any album as much as Funeral though).

The haunting Culture War is my personal favourite out of the new inclusions. The opening line "Now the future's staring at me, like a vision from the past" really sets the tone for the song. Speaking In Tounges is also a very good song and the new ending on Wasted Hours adds the bit of energy the song was lacking.

These new songs are definately worth buying!


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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