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Editors’ Notes

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

Simply Addicted

It's hard not to sound really, really corny and high schoolish, but Arcade Fire has got to be one of the best bands of all time. From their big and eclectic sound, to their deep meaningful lyrics and simple creativity... they are unmatched. Since stumbling upon "keep the car running" a couple years ago, I cannot stop listening to them. Even when I am scrolling through my iPod trying to find something different to listen too, I always find my way back to an Arcade Fire album. These two songs are a welcome addition to the near perfect vault of music they've already released, and will help feed my addiction.

A true masterpiece!

I'm an old guy (in my fifties), and I haven't submitted a review in quite some time, but this album genuinely floored me. My tastes tend to lean toward atmospheric shoegaze and moody folk rock ballads, but this mostly mid-tempo mix of 18 tracks flows like a suburban lava lamp that only slightly changes colors but somehow completely mesmerizing those who stare at it. In all honesty, I can't say there's a single track that qualifies as a masterpiece, but in this case, the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts. By track seven, it's clear that you're listening to something special. I haven't heard an album with this much forethought and thematic continuity in many years. My prediction is that 'The Suburbs' will land in the top 100 of many critics' Greatest Albums of All-Time lists 50 years from now. It's that good!


please elaborate on your post.....You play stickman golf, i figured you like depressing!

Album is everything you'd expect from AF and more.......The end!


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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