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Montreal's multi-piece Arcade Fire were unexpectedly pulled into the mainstream with this album - winning the 2010 GRAMMY® for Best Album and taking home two BRIT Awards. Alternately streamlined on songs like “Modern Man” and then ornate and expansive on “Ready to Start” and the aptly named “Rococo,” the band move forward — ever cryptic, ever spirit-searching.


Montreal's multi-piece Arcade Fire were unexpectedly pulled into the mainstream with this album - winning the 2010 GRAMMY® for Best Album and taking home two BRIT Awards. Alternately streamlined on songs like “Modern Man” and then ornate and expansive on “Ready to Start” and the aptly named “Rococo,” the band move forward — ever cryptic, ever spirit-searching.

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Take a Ride With Arcade Fire Through The Suburbs


On Funeral, Arcade Fire was faced with several family losses that inspired a very beautiful, close to home album that truly was one of the best albums of recent history. Then came Neon Bible, another great effort that looked to tackle the issues of the world, ranging from corruption in the church, money hungry fathers, and the state of our nation. Although great, it was rather overblown and did not deliver the feeling that Win Butler was singing to you like on Funeral. This changed with The Suburbs. Win, Regine, Will, and all the other members of this ensemble fire on all cylinders from beginning to end. Starting with the title track, Arcade Fire introduces to you their new focus point, something we all can relate to, our homes. Talking about the issues we all faced, as children and as adults, such as peer pressure, friendships, relationships, and the fear of growing up. The people of The Suburbs can be seen as the young, love struck couple of Neighborhood 1 who have grown up, started a family, and became what their parents were, part of the "everyday suburban lifestyle", and as unappealing as that may seem for an album's concept, it is truly the opposite, and is yet another classic delivered from the Canadian ensemble. To recommend specific tracks is difficult, as all songs play a role in this masterpiece. However, if you must, make sure to buy The Suburbs, Ready To Start, Suburban War, and Sprawl II. In the end, all I can say is do yourself a favor, and purchase this album. You cannot put a price on this modern day masterpiece. Just put the car in neutral and go along for the ride with Arcade Fire through The Suburbs.

If you already like Arcade Fire, you will like this album.


After listening to the album a few times through, I still can't remember any song in particular, or even pick out a melody that stuck with me. Unfortunately I just can't hear what everyone else is hearing.

About Arcade Fire

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 partnership. Romance followed shortly thereafter, and the duo expanded its sound by gathering Parry on organ, Kingsbury on bass, and Win Butler's younger brother, William, on synthesizer and percussion. Drawing from the bandmates' varied influences, Arcade Fire began mining an eclectic mix of bossa nova, punk, French chanson, and classically tinged pop music, referencing everything from U2's passion to David Bowie's eclecticism in the process.

Arcade Fire issued a self-titled EP in 2003, having briefly retreated to Maine for the recording sessions. Propelled by Win Butler's quavering vocals and his bandmates' symphonic swells, the disc helped earn the band an official offer from Merge Records. The bandmates' luck faltered later that year, however, when Chassagne's grandmother passed away. The Butler brothers' grandfather followed suit in March 2004, and Parry's aunt died one month later. Seeking catharsis in the studio, the members of Arcade Fire funneled their energies into the creation of Funeral. Released in September 2004, the debut album was met with unanimous acclaim -- both commercially and critically -- and Arcade Fire found themselves maintaining a nearly constant presence on the road, playing such high-profile festivals as Lollapalooza and Coachella between a slew of smaller club dates. They also appeared on the cover of Time magazine's Canadian edition, garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album, rubbed shoulders with superfan David Bowie, and toured alongside U2.

Following an exhausting year, Arcade Fire decamped to a church outside of Montreal to work on a second release. The ambitious Neon Bible arrived in March 2007, featuring such grand ornamentations as a pipe organ, a military choir, and a full orchestra. The album peaked at number two and sparked another tour, which found the band playing more than 120 shows over the course of a year. When touring wrapped up in early 2008, Arcade Fire played several shows in support of presidential candidate Barack Obama before beginning work on a third album. The resulting Suburbs, an eclectic 16-track ode to childhood, suburban sprawl, and middle-class dreams both won and lost, arrived on August 2, 2010. The record was universally acclaimed and reached number one in both the U.S. and U.K. album charts. The following year they won a host of awards, including prestigious accolades such as a Grammy for Album of the Year, the Polaris Prize, and BRIT awards for both Best International Album and Group, among other honors and nominations.

Their success followed them on the road as they sold out shows across the globe, and in 2011 they released a deluxe version of Suburbs that included a short film -- titled Scenes from the Suburbs -- directed by Spike Jonze. They began work on their fourth release in 2012 and enlisted LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy for production duties. The critically acclaimed double album, entitled Reflektor, was released in October 2013, and was followed by an ambitious world tour. A documentary film of the tour, The Reflektor Tapes, was released in 2015, as was an accompanying EP of the same name. May 2017 saw Arcade Fire perform an intimate secret show in Montreal, where they played six new songs. At the end of the month they released "Everything Now," the lead single from the highly anticipated fifth studio album of the same name, which dropped later that July. Featuring production by Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter, Pulp's Steve Mackey, Portishead's Geoff Barrow, and longtime producer Markus Dravs, Everything Now also featured the singles "Creature Comfort" and "Electric Blue." ~ Andrew Leahey

    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Jun 2003

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