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  • Audio CD (Aug. 2 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: NTSC
  • Label: FAB DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B004ZZLX5W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,105 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Deluxe CD/DVD editon includes three bonus tracks plus a bonus DVD. The CD includes two new tracks (one featuring vocals by David Byrne) and an extended version of "Wasted Hours,". The DVD includes the Spike Jonze film Scenes From The Suburbs, as well as the companion documentary Behind The Scenes From The Suburbs, and the official music video for "The Suburbs." 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 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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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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Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" is a modern-day pop masterpiece that greatly expands the band's scope and ambition. After a few spins, I couldn't help but think that AF is on the verge of becoming the new Beatles, in that they write songs that are infused with love, have universal appeal and are at the creative forefront of modern pop music. Stand-outs include the eerie and thunderous "Rococo", the gorgeous, pulsating "Half Light I", the Beatlesque "Deep Blue" and the ode to a not-so-distant past "We Used to Wait", wherein frontman Win Butler sings "hope that something pure can last". Well "The Suburbs" is about as pure as it gets. Highly recommended.
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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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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 30 2011
Format: Audio CD
Arcade Fire has dropped out of sight in the last several months, so it's nice to see this insanely talented band make their grand reappearance. And their third album "The Suburbs" is a rich, retro-flavored expanse of truly transcendent music -- it starts off rather patchily, but soon it becomes a melodic hurricane of shimmering rock'n'roll.

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.
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