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Arcade Fire Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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7. Wake Up
8. Haiti
9. Rebellion (Lies)
10. The Backseat

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"Wake Up," a track from the debut full-length by Montreal's Arcade Fire, builds from a midtempo strum into a "You Can't Hurry Love" gallop, which singer Win Butler interrupts with a yell: "You better look out below!" Somehow, none of this hits the ear as overemotional. Throughout Funeral, the band augments its five-piece lineup with string sections, weaving near-cinematic, folk-influenced chamber pop that slots in somewhere between Belle and Sebastian's delicacy and the robust classicism of ’80s New Zealand bands such as the Chills and the Verlaines. The album drips with enough romanticism to rival Jeff Buckley's Grace, from the dreamscape of "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)" ("Meet me in the middle of the town, forget all we used to know") to the epic realism of "In the Backseat." One of the indie rock community’s most beloved finds of 2004, Arcade Fire are poised to win over even more listeners. --Rickey Wright

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Fronted by the husband-and-wife team of Win Butler and R‚gine Chassagne, the Arcade Fire's emotional debut - rendered even more poignant by the dedications to recently departed family members contained in its liner notes - is brave, empowering, and dusted with something that many of the indie-rock genre's more contrived acts desperately lack: an element of real danger. Funeral' s mourners - specifically Butler and Chassagne - inhabit the same post-apocalyptic world as London Suede's Dog Man Star; they are broken, beaten, and ferociously romantic, reveling in the brutal beauty of their surroundings like a heathen Adam & Eve. "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)," the first of four metaphorical forays into the geography of the soul, follows a pair of young lovers who meet in the middle of the town through tunnels that connect to their bedrooms. Over a soaring piano lead that's effectively doubled by distorted guitar, they reach a Lord of the Flies-tinged utopia where they can't even remember their names or the faces of their weeping parents. Butler sings like Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood used to play, like a lion-tamer whose whip grows shorter with each and every lash. He can barely contain himself, and when he lets loose it's both melodic and primal, like Berlin-era Bowie or British Sea Power. "Neighborhood #2 (La‹ka)" examines suicidal desperation through an angular Gang of Four prism; the hypnotic wash of strings and subtle meter changes of "Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles)" winsomely capture the mundane doings of day-to-day existence; and "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)," Funeral's victorious soul-thumping core, is a goose bump-inducing rallying cry centered around the notion that "the power's out in the heart of man, take it from your heart and put it in your hand." The Arcade Fire are not bereft of whimsy. "Crown of Love" is like a wedding cake dropped in slow motion, utilizing a Johnny Mandel-style string section and a sweet, soda-pop stand chorus to provide solace to a jilted lover yearning for a way back into the fold, and "Haiti" relies on a sunny island melody to explore the complexities of Chassagne's mercurial homeland. However, it's the sheer power and scope of cuts like "Wake Up" - featuring all 15 musicians singing in unison - and the mesmerizing, early-Roxy Music pulse of "Rebellion (Lies)" that make Funeral the remarkable achievement that it is. These are songs that pump blood back into the heart as fast and furiously as it's draining from the sleeve on which it beats, and by the time Chassagne dissects her love of riding "In the Backseat" with the radio on, despite her desperate fear of driving, Funeral's singular thread is finally revealed; love does conquer all, especially love for the cathartic power of music.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blazing "Fire" Jan. 1 2006
Format:Audio CD
Every now and then, a truly original, groundbreaking band surfaces amid all the bland pop and rock. Montreal's Arcade Fire is one such band. In their glorious full-length debut "Funeral," Arcade Fire spins elaborate art-rock full of passion and atmosphere.

Rather than trying to hook you the way most songs do, Arcade Fire builds up their songs to a musical (and emotional) crescendo. The album opens on a four-song cycle called "Neighborhood," which deal with daydreams, neglect, fighting in a family, and just sitting around waiting for life to happen to you. All four things are pretty clearly considered disastrous -- don't waste time, make life happen!

Certainly that get-off-your-bum-and-make-things-happen attitude carries over to the wild "Wake Up," a howling anthem with an ever-evolving beat, and the well-named "Rebellion," where Win sings, ""Sleeping is giving in/no matter what the time is/Sleeping is giving in/so lift those heavy eyelids." You'll be emotionally exhausted when it reaches the wrenching finale, "In the Back Seat." And it does all this while making you dance too.

Most pop or rock songs are focused on "He/she left me/cheated on me and I'm miserable" or "I'm so in love." Don't expect anything so obvious from the Arcade Fire. These are about living life in general, not just one part of it. Why's it called "Funeral"? Partly the fear of dying without having accomplished something.

Musically, it will make your head spin. There's a blend of post-punk, rock, art-rock, pop, folk, classical, and much more -- like a punkier version of Neutral Milk Hotel or Modest Mouse. Woven together are xylophone, shimmering strings, swirling keyboard, piano, violins, and accordians.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of 2004, hands down March 2 2005
By Sarah
Format:Audio CD
Undeniably the best album of 2004. I picked up the CD in September and 6 months later I'm still blasting it on a near-daily basis. Emotionally sincere, heartrending, almost transcendent. Be sure to check them out in concert -- they're even better live.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sure Thing March 15 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I picked up this album when I was traveling in North America recently and it is still spinning. The soppy lyrics although genuine, really make me smile. They have the same melancholic feeling as with Bravado ("I'm failing tonight") from Flannelmouth when I think of "Crown of Love" when they sing "will you forgive me...". The last track is my favourite along with "Année Sans Lumière". I like the indie feel and it seems that everything bad that has happened to the band has resulted in everything thing good for their music. Funny how these things happen yet, everyone should have a copy of this cd. You will like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible. Simply Incredible. May 13 2005
Format:Audio CD
This has to be one of the best albums of 2004. The musical talent of this group is far and away some of the most impressive to come out of Canada in the last few years. Gone finally are the tired days of Our Lady Peace and Default. Goodbye awful late-90s rock groups. Hello new-age brilliance. Rock music is alive again, and it's bands like the Arcade Fire that give listeners hope for a resurgence in beautiful lyrics and cascading melodies. 'Funeral' is the best album I've heard since Bloc Party's 'Silent Alarm', and anyone with any sort of taste should own this album.
What is also great about the Arcade Fire is that, along with bands like Stars, Montreal is becomming a hub for great music. Without sounding too terribly soppy, bands like the Arcade Fire reflect their roots, and finally Montreal is cool again! And this coming from a Calgarian.
Please support great Canadian music. Buy this album!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love this cd June 19 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Funeral is a poetic masterpiece accompanied by what can only be described as musical genius. If you love the Talking Heads, the Cure, Roxy Music, you will love the Arcade Fire. This is by far my favourite album of 2004.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Oct. 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is an album I bought without having any expectations, and it continues to blow me away. This music is certainly not for everyone, but if you appreciate musicians with vision and passion - check them out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accidental pleasure!!!! Aug. 22 2005
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album in a roundabout fashion but am extremely pleased that I have. As an ardent U2 fan, I was intrigued when I found out a band called Arcade Fire was opening for them in Montreal. So I figured, let's give it a whirl and see if it's worth listening to.....The answer is....YES.....I think this is a band destined to have an exceptional career...I can say from now on, they have a new loyal fan...DEFINITELY on my top 10 for 2004...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Phenomenon of Beauty Nov. 10 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A fantastic, beautiful, haunting whirlwind of an album. The only thing better than their recordings are their live performances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must have
Published 22 hours ago by Eric Valley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Easy listening, satisfying and Love it! A classic! Saw them live when they opened for U2 and they were awesome! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Karelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Funeral vinyl albu
Very prompt shipping and delivery! Item is a Christmas gift but it will be well received! It is a very good album and worth the price!
Published 9 months ago by Slh
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Expirience
If you remotely like indie rock or Arcade Fire, this is an absolute must have. Unbelievable track list, sounds better than it's digital counterpart. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Connor Early
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Record.
It's a funny story how I picked this record up. I was downtown and i went in to my record store. I had never listened to them, and the only time I heard of them was the year it... Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2009 by Kyle Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars funeral - pitchforkmedia
Earlier this year, Montreal-based The Arcade Fire's ferocious live show secretly incited a bidding war that saw the band bouncing between three of North America's most respected... Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2008 by T. Bigney
5.0 out of 5 stars Chef-d'oeuvre
Un vrai chef-d'oeuvre. À la millième écoute encore, mon esprit explose. Ce groupe est soutenu par David Bowie, David Byrne (chanteur des sublimes Talking... Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2007 by Kiwi
5.0 out of 5 stars Now the neighbours can dance
What can one say about the Arcade Fire that hasn't been said a thousand times in a thousand different ways over the last year or so? Read more
Published on May 22 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
The sound of this CD grew on me so at first sight, I didn't like it except for 3 songs...
But the more I listened to it the more I like it. Read more
Published on May 21 2006 by Valerie C
5.0 out of 5 stars This fire is spreadin
The arcade fire are without a doubt one of the best new alternative rock bands out there. They change the definition of alternative rock for the better, they use the original rock... Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2006 by Alternative man
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