The Suburbs Blu-specCD, Studio
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|1. The Suburbs|
|2. Ready To Start|
|3. Modern Man|
|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)|
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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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.Read more ›
It starts off rather weakly with the title track, a rather bland piano-rocker. But things pick up with "Ready to Start," which spins shimmering threads of keyboard around gritty earthy chords ("Businessmen drink my blood/Like the kids in art school said they would"). Honestly, this would have made a much better start to the album.
And it sets the tone for the rest of the album -- meandering, bluesy rock'n'roll ("Modern Man," "Month of May"), the stormy stretches of warbling keyboard and ringing guitars ("Rococo," "Wasted Hours"), bittersweet guitar-pop ("Suburban War"), the elegant driving rock anthems ("Empty Rooms," "We Used To Wait"), and languid indiepop around a catchy core ("City with No Children").
The best songs of all are the two-part experimental ones: "Half Light Part I" is an exquisite twinkling little melody, and "Part II" is its darkly glittering counterpoint; on the other hand, "Sprawl (Flatland)" is a string-soaked, bittersweet song, with "Sprawl (Mountains Beyond Mountains" as its discoish companion.
Apparently the central theme of "The Suburbs" is urban sprawl... which is not exactly a unique concept. But the Arcade Fire doesn't just explore the sprawl of suburbia with its "dead shopping malls" and lonely houses, but the loneliness of growing into adulthood and the life of an artist surrounded by "normal" people.Read more ›
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2nd best arcade fire album in my opinion, this is a great album just hard to dethrone funeral as my favorite from themPublished 2 months ago by elvik
Fantastic alumb, it's one of my favourites. A great edition anyone's vinyl collection. Also came well packaged.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this as a gift years ago, it shipped quickly and came just as expected.Published 6 months ago by Robert