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  • Audio CD (Aug. 3 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B003O85W3A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,514 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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)

Product Description

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.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stewart Tsuji on Feb. 17 2011
Format: Audio CD
I wanted to write this review after seeing the Grammys and hearing the grumbles among the many commercial artists and confused public that have never heard of Arcade Fire. With a very well respected fanbase of musicians and fellow artists (okay, so maybe not necessarily among the pop and hip-hop set), it was a bit surprising to see so many blank expressions.

I think the most important thing that I can say about this is that music used to mean something more than a top 10 hit, album sales, or branding. Music was not created to target a particular audience or achieve a max level of radio rotation. I love pop and hip-hop music, but when we become so obsessed with the artificial markers of success, we lose something. I think the Grammys did a great job of trying to strip away these markers and understand something about the craft of music and what it means. An album is not a collection of singles. In this, they got the nominations right and Arcade Fire are more than worthy of the accolades.

The Suburbs is a concept album that doesn't try to be a concept album. It effortlessly bounces back and forth between sounds and styles and creates an atmosphere of nostalgia, regret, hope, and longing, that reflects the sonic landscape of 80s-90s 'burbs. I had read the initial press on the album and understood that it was an exploration and expression of growing up in the suburban sprawl. Even as a fan of their previous albums, it took repeated listens to finally get it - now it seems to get even better each time I listen to it.

The album itself is a pure rock and roll album with no tricks or illusions. It's an album crafted from the ground up (written, performed, and produced) by a group of musicians that believe in the music as a medium and a message.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Torval Mork TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Aug. 5 2010
Format: Audio CD
In "The Suburbs" , their grandiose opus to the love handles to which many great cities succumb, Arcade Fire have conjured a concept album of beautiful odes to modernity, regret, despair and wasting time. From the opening track, through to the final reprise, the theme is tightly woven. Win Butler's lyrics unfold like short stories, each one serving an escapist mandate of looking back to the good old days of childhood, when innocence reigned and change was something that only adults had to deal with. In Suburban War "This town is strange, they built it to change", he forlornly observes that somehow these schemes are all planned out, and we can't escape the future. The future is the foe addressed in many of the songs - in We Used to Wait he sings "Now our lives are changing fast, hope that something pure can last," a common lament in these times of constantly upgrading, renovating and replacing things in our lives that we barely get to know before we throw them away. He also targets the faux authority of hipsters, accusing them in Rococo of "using big words that they don't understand" and "moving towards you with their colors all the same." Sprawl and and Sprawl II serve as bookends to a tale of being overcome by "dead shopping malls that rise like mountains beyond mountains." Butler begins part one with a sorrowful deconstructed tone, but when Régine Chassagne joins in on part two, the beat picks up and takes the form of a Blondie indie-remix, full of keyboards and a cheerful 80's beat. In fact, the keyboard is present on many of the tracks - not overabundant - but providing lush pads, rolling bass lines and symphonic accompaniment.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on Jan. 2 2011
Format: Audio CD
I think it's great. It's simple, it makes me happy I grew up in the suburbs. It makes me proud. It's a slight step aside from their last albums, which is a good thing. Instead of trying to beat the amazing Funeral, they just went another direction.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Catchlight on Sept. 6 2010
Format: Audio CD
We live in a community which is about to decide whether to protect its rural character, tourism potential, and agricultural productivity, or to throw it all away by giving free rein to outside developers of substandard housing, ugly strip malls, and uncontrolled urban sprawl, so the emotions and insights triggered by the lyrics of Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" ring very true for us.

Add to this the fact that Sarah Neufeld, the band's brilliant violinist, grew up in farm country just north of our town on Vancouver Island, and the album's message becomes even more relevant and personal. I'm not sure how much input she has to the Butler brothers' writing process, but suspect that as a Merville girl she agrees with the thrust of their lyrics.

From the outset, Arcade Fire has been a band capable of sensuous and creative musical textures supported by multi-instrumental prowess and driving rhythms, and with "The Suburbs" they have generated even more aural appeal than "Neon Bible", which was a ground-breaking accomplishment sonically.

I highly recommend "The Suburbs" for anyone who appreciates a band that has achieved a convincing balance of musicality, creativity, and message. The reasonable ticket prices and superb performances at their concerts make Arcade Fire even more admirable. For a sample, check Google for a link to the webcast of their recent Madison Square Garden concert.
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