Arcade Fire: Suburbs CD 2010 Alt/Rock

Highly anticipated 2010 release from the critically adored Alt-Rock outfit. Written, arranged, performed and produced by the Arcade Fire and co-produced by Markus Dravs, The Suburbs was recorded around Montreal and New York over the past two years.The Arcade Fire's 2004 debut Funeral featured strongly in Album of the Decade Polls around the world including NME, Pitchfork, Guardian, Mojo and Rolling Stone. Their 2007 follow-up Neon Bible, debuted number 2 in the U.S. Both records were nominated for Best Alternative Album Grammys.Rovi Rating:

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Montreal s Arcade Fire successfully avoided the sophomore slump with 2007 s apocalyptic Neon Bible. Heavier and more uncertain than their near perfect, darkly optimistic 2004 debut, the album aimed for the nosebleed section and left a red mess. Having already fled the cold comforts of suburbia on Funeral and suffered beneath the weight of the world on Neon Bible, it seems fitting that a band once so consumed with spiritual and social middle-class fury, should find peace under the overpass in the parking lot. If nostalgia is just pain recalled, repaired, and resold, then The Suburbs is its sales manual. Inspired by brothers Win and William Butler s suburban Houston, TX upbringing, the 16-track record plays out like a long lost summer weekend, with the jaunty but melancholy Kinks/Bowie-esque title cut serving as its bookends.

Track Listing

  Track # Title
1 The Suburbs
2 Ready to Start
3 Modern Man
4 Rococo
5 Empty Room
6 City with No Children
7 Half Light I
8 Half Light II (No Celebration)
9 Suburban War
10 Month of May
11 Wasted Hours
12 Deep Blue
13 We Used to Wait
14 Sprawl I (Flatland)
15 Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
16 The Suburbs [continued]

Meticulously paced and conservatively grand, fans looking for the instant gratification of past anthems like Wake Up or Intervention will find themselves reluctantly defending The Suburbs upon first listen, but anyone who remembers excitedly jumping into a friend s car on a sleepy Friday night armed with heartache, hope, and no agenda knows that patience is key. Multiple spins reveal a work that s as triumphant and soul-slamming as it is sentimental and mature. At its most spirited, like on Empty Room, Rococo, City with No Children, Half Light II (No Celebration), We Used to Wait, and the glorious R gine Chassagne-led Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains), the latter of which threatens to break into Blondie s Heart of Glass at any moment, Arcade Fire makes the suburbs feel positively electric. Quieter moments reveal a changing of the guard, as Win trades in the Springsteen-isms of Neon Bible for Neil Young on Wasted Hours, and the ornate rage of Funeral for the simplicity of a line like Let s go for a drive and see the town tonight/There s nothing do, but I don t mind when I m with you, from album highlight Suburban War. The Suburbs feels like Richard Linklater s Dazed & Confused for the Y generation. It s serious without being preachy, cynical without dissolving into apathy, and whimsical enough to keep both sentiments in line, and of all of their records, it may be the one that ages so well. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi



Arcade Fire
3 August 2010
~ Discs:1
Merge (Exclusive) ( MERG )
Compact Disc


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