The Suburbs – The Arcade Fire


Like most Arcade Fire fans out there I have recently come into possession of their album “The Suburbs” due to be released next week. After seeing the trouble that bands go to in order to make sure their album doesn’t leak, I always have that initial feeling of “ugh that sucks for them” but in this case that feeling was quickly overcome with the excitement of listening to it.

If you aren’t currently infatuated with a little Canadian group some call Arcade Fire, then I will assume that you’ve never heard their music before, simply because I refuse to acknowledge any other possibility. I won’t bore you with details of their history but you can eat your heart out with just about anything you’d like to know about them .

As for the album… I love it.

Some people have referred to “a few weak tracks” but I’m still looking for them. The fifth track, Empty Room, is the only track that didn’t suck me in but I still wouldn’t say it’s a “weak track”. Pffff, haters… always gotta find somethin’ don’t cha?

After listening to the album on repeat for the last 24 hours I’d say it flows beautifully from track to track and long time fans will still hear the same sort of instruments and feel that they know and love but it’s not just “Neon Bible Part Deux” thank the lord…

It was produced by Markus Dravs who, not shockingly, has recently worked with The Arcade Fire’s biggest celeb. supporters Coldplay. However, if you’re one of the macho music men who wouldn’t be caught dead listening to coldplay then you’d be pleased to know that Mr. Dravs has also worked with Bjork, Brian Eno, excreta excreta excreta…

So even if you have the album, or if you are downloading it as you read this… be a doll and actually buy the album next week when it comes out. It’s a tasty work of art… like dessert for your ears (hmm, gives “ear buds” a new meaning doesn’t it?) Ok aside from my punny jokes I am hearby telling you that if I, as a poor, self supporting, working class, college student can afford to buy it then so can you! Support the music…

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3 Comments on “The Suburbs – The Arcade Fire”

  1. August 10, 2010 at 2:10 am #

    i would agree w/ you about track 5. but i would also agree that the album is great. (well, what i’ve heard. i can’t seem to make it past track 6! i love the beginning songs so much. i’ll get there.) it def still has that arcade fire feel, but much less dramatic, from what i’ve heard. not that that’s better or worse, just different. which is a good thing.

    • August 10, 2010 at 4:34 am #

      Ha I did the same thing! I think i listened to the tracks on the first half of the album before actually finishing it! And you’re right… it’s certainly doesn’t have that “dramatic” feel but it’s still got the same old arcade fire core to it. Thanks for reading!

      • August 10, 2010 at 2:10 pm #

        the 1st song totally sounds like the thrills to me. ahhh ok now i gotta go listen to that today while i clip out the monotonous beast that is jewelry!

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