Arcade Fire

The Suburbs - Merge 2010

Tracks: 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)


"The Suburbs" is Arcade Fire's much acclaimed third album. It's a relatively long album, which plays for about one hour; so it may take some time to get a good overview of the music.

If you got the grip of the very exciting debut album "Funeral", you should be likely to enjoy more music in the same genre. It can be difficult to describe the music in few words, but groups like Velvet Underground and Talking Heads must be among the inspiration sources. The sound may seem a bit scratched at times, but the numbers are quite varied, ranging from the very melodic to the noisy and punked.

An important prerequisite for being able to keep Arcade Fire right, I think, is that you appreciate the two singers of the group, of whom Win Butler obviously is the most important one. The female voice, Régine Chassagne, may appear a little flimsy, but she also possesses a speciality that some will enjoy and others dislike. Personally, I'm a fan of both of them, especially when they deal with melodic songs with the group; On this album one could highlight "City With No Children", "Half Light", "Suburban War", "Deep Blue", "We Used to Wait" and "Sprawl II". In general, you might say that Arcade Fire is a group that sets certain demands for its listeners; Not much easy listening here

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