3 August 2020
Band: Arcade Fire (Canada)
Album: The Suburbs – third LP
Note: The songs’ stories are inspired by the band’s
Canada born brothers Win and William Butler‘s upbringing
in The Woodlands, Texas, a suburb of Houston in the US
Released: 2 August 2010 – 10 years ago
Score: The album debuted at No. 1 in the UK,
the USA, Canada, and Ireland.
Info: The band’s captain Win Butler said about the LP “it’s neither a love letter to, nor an indictment of, the suburbs – it’s a letter from the suburbs”. The album was recorded in Win Butler and Régine Chassagne’s residence in Montreal, with some parts being recorded at the band’s studio in Quebec and in New York City. Butler describes the overall sound of The Suburbs as ‘a mix of Depeche Mode and Neil Young’. The bands that I heard when I was very young, and wondered what those crazy noises were”.
Pitchfork said: “On their third LP, Arcade Fire prove they can make grand statements without sounding like they’re carrying the weight of the world… This is another 2010 example of a Boss-indebted band (see also: the National and Titus Andronicus) making epic outpourings of modern disillusionment and disappointment for people who can commiserate and return to fretting about their jobs and bank accounts once the house lights go up. But just because the concerns of ‘The Suburbs’ are at times mundane, that makes them no less real. And that Arcade Fire can make such powerful art out of recognizing these moments makes our own existences feel worthy of documentation. By dropping ‘Neon Bible’s accusatory standpoint, ‘The Suburbs’ delivers a life-affirming message similar to Funeral’s: We’re all in this together.’
Full review here. Score: 8.6/10.
Key singles: Ready To Start / We Used To Wait / Month Of May
– READY TO START –
– WE USED TO WAIT –
– MONTH OF MAY –
(steamy live version)
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