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on December 5, 2012
Do not know why this won so many awards.It does have excellent tracks. but 50% I think could of been not recorded.
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on November 28, 2010
This is a well crafted concept album, the Butler brothers remembering their upbringing in Texas. The album is mostly mid-tempo, with its folksy moments. It could be a Tom Petty album, only with much better compositions, arrangements and variety.

But taste is a subjective thing. The reasons I don't like this album are the same ones that will appeal to the masses. Because this somewhat alt-outfit plays in more familiar territory, it will reach wider audiences and heavier rotation on the airwaves. For those looking for the escape and excitement this band is capable of, this opus lacks character. Suburbs seems to regurgitate the band's main influences from the 80ies, not the edgier stuff from that prolific period but the more (almost) generic.

You can play guessing their (or your) influences and reminiscences: The Waterboys meet a Pixies' ballad with better singing (track 1), New Order's bass and The Cure's guitar (track 2, only without the thrill), Springsteen's signature (3), 4/4 mid-tempo rock (4, boring), My Bloody Valentine (Wow!) meets Kate Bush (5, alt good track), Tom Petty (6), Cocteau Twins crystaline intro (7, U2's When the Streets Have No Name (8, great tune here nonetheless), etc and Blondie's Heart of Glass with the same rhytmic guitar jerk (15).

Familiar sounds make for an easier and confortable listnening. It should please the nostalgic of mainstream 80ies rock more than the usual Arcade Fire's indie-crowd.
Then again, that's the concept, growing up in some Texas suburbs, that's what you might have listened to. I believe the Butlers were exposed to edgier stuff when they established in Montreal, as their previous albums can tell.

PS: Dec 2, 2010,
Here is your proof of mainstreamisation, Suburbs gets 3 nominations for the GRAMMY AWARDS.
1-Best album of the year along Eminem (Recovery), Lady Antebellum (Need you Now), Lady Gaga (The Fame Monster) and Katy Perry (Teenage Dream)
2- Best Rock Live performance
3- Best Alternative
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on August 9, 2010
I'm gonna release my own album & call it "The Soldiers took my little Sister & Bombed my Church" & it will be huge!! Seriously, three albums of songs about the same thing gets really tiring, yes there have been songs that caught my attention (title track is not bad) and even that one mentioned bombs going off. I wonder if the Arcade Fire are sitting back laughing at the critics and public that are eating up this supposedly "Deep & Profound" stuff that is actually just nonsense. This kind of reminds me of the guy in the band "Live" mentioning "intentions & Placentas falling to the floor" Mind you I don't dislike Arcade Fire as much as I HATE Live, but come on guys, grow a little and write songs based on your own experiences, not bigger than life, overly dramatic junk you have been writing. Last time I heard there weren't a lot of soldiers bombing churches in Canada or the U.S.
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