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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.

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Words cannot describe this masterpiece.

Wow.... what can I say that hasn't already been said? "Funeral" is quite possibly the best album I own. And I'm sure you gather that other reviewers agree. So instead of talking about how this album changed my life, here's a track-by-track summary. Funeral, despite its title, has a partial storyline about a power outage in a large city during the dead of winter. The children of the city explore the land and rule themselves for a while. (If that isn't beautiful in itself, I don't know what is.) 1. Tunnels- A beautiful epic opening, talking about how if "the snow buries my neighborhood" that the main character will build a tunnel to his lover. He then imagines spending a life with his lover away from civilization. 2. Laika- A "grower." The title is taken from the dog that the Russians sent into space (and it immediately died.) This talks about an older brother who went on "a great adventure" to never return. Grating vocals over beautiful string lines. 3. Une Annee Sans Lumiere- French for "A Year Without Light." This is about love in the blackout of the city and exploration. 4. Power Out- My favorite track. An empowering masterpiece, Win Butler (lead singer) sings about the power outage and the children playing around, while the adults "look for the light." 5. 7 Kettles- A great slow sad song with beautiful lyrics and orchestration. This is a great end to the "Neighborhood" series. 6. Crown Of Love- Another favorite track. What starts out as a heart-wrenching break-up waltz turns into a (majorly rocking) 4/4 beat, almost dance-y. An unexpected and triumphant end. 7. Wake Up- The name says it all. Choirs bursting with energy. All-out orchestration. Inspirational, transcendant, and spectacular. 8. Haiti- Almost instrumental, with a primal vibe just like the title. 9. Rebellion (Lies)- If you consider yourself "cultured" and haven't heard this song, slap yourself in the face. This song is about the group of kids staying up and not sleeping. Just hearing Win shout "Every time you close your eyes..." will make you smile. If you don't get the album, at least get this track. 10. In The Backseat- Win's wife (and bandmate) takes the lead vocals over this pounding and beautiful end to the epic Funeral. This band will have you coming back for more and more. Just buy it, loser.

And Then Some.

This album is brilliant. At First I didn't get it. But the more you listen the more it opens up. Like crawling through the dark into the light. Which is the way music is supposed to be. Not quickly digestable. This album is lush, layered, and romantic. It conjures up strange old days of mysticism, and magic. Victorian clothes, peacock feathers, curled mustaches, plaid overcoats, dr.'s bags. Very visual and visceral. A+

Incredibly good.

You need this.


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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