Posts tagged Arcade Fire
Following on from 2005s Funeral and 2007s Neon Bible, the Fire have decided to follow the path of further development and sonic progression rather than churning out the same old sounds and cashing in.
Not that it’s a totally new sound mind. It’s still distinctly Win Butler, Régine Chassagne and co.
But the soundscapes of The Suburbs is a mix of the old and the new, part Funeral, part Neon Bible blended with bits of New Order, Depeche Mode and an added splash of Badly Drawn Boy.
Old fans will be delighted with this combined essence of the first two albums. The uplifting anthems of Funeral and the
Melancholy of Bible sit well together although personally I’ll always be more in favour of theirs (or anyones) dark side.
For me a good measure of any new album is it’s bedtime factor. A truly great record will after only a couple of listens swirl around my mind whilst trying to sleep. Not in an annoying Girls Aloud type way but in an classic Achtung Baby way and last night my semi-conscious self was filled with the glory of Rococo, the power of Month of May and sheer blooming catchiness of Sprawl II (Mountains beyond Mountains). I defy anyone to listen to that last one and not be humming it’s chorus hours later.
Yesterday I read another reviewers remark that The Suburbs brings to a close the greatest 3 albums set release by any band in the 21st century. I’d go one step further and declare it the greatest 3 album set release by any band ever! If anyone can think of a better set feel free to leave your comments below.
Ones things for sure, fans heading to Reading and Leeds this Bank Holiday are in for a rare treat.
Frackin Cool album review : 5 STARS (out of 5)
I haven’t been this excited about a bands comeback single since Blur’s ‘Fool’s Day’ (all of 12 weeks ago). While that tune was yet another move forward from the Britpop survivalists, this track is far more immediate and very obviously Arcade Fire from word go. Not that thats a bad thing mind – far from it in fact.
Whether the new album continue on such a familiar themes remains to be seen. Hopefully over the corse of the LP they’ll still be more than capable of springing at least a couple of twists and side-shimmys.