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Funeral

Arcade Fire

2004

Funeral

Album Summary

Funeral is the debut studio album by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire, released on September 14, 2004 by Merge Records. Preliminary recordings for Funeral were made during the course of a week in August 2003 at the Hotel2Tango in Montreal, Quebec, and the recording was completed later that year all in an analogue recording format. The album produced five singles, with "Rebellion (Lies)" being the most successful, having peaked at #19 on the UK Singles Chart. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Alternative Music Album. It received widespread critical acclaim and topped many year-end and decade-end lists. According to the website Metacritic, the album had the second most appearances on end-of-decade Top 10 lists, only behind Radiohead's Kid A. In the 2020 updated version of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, it was ranked at number 500.

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Rating

3.7

Votes

5022

Genres

  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Indie
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The kind of music your friend listens to because a girl he likes told him she liked it.

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5

On of the great records of this century, from the moment it breaks the silence with tunnels to the dramatic and soulful ending, this is a complete triumph.

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5

Funeral is the record that awakened me to Arcade Fire and drove the long stake of their art, sentiment, & depth into my heart forever. This album is 6 strong stars out of 5 and would easily rank in my top 20 albums of the last 20 years. There is no calling out any one song, as Funeral has not one weakness of any sort, but only lavishes us with the angst and love of youth that reminds me that no matter how far away from our childhoods that we are, we can dance, sing and celebrate life amidst the pain of living. HOW is this any band's first full length album? INCREDIBLE. **On Saturday I watched the St. Paddy's SNL episode from 2018 when AF performed from their latest album and was reminded once again how epic their live performances are. When the music venues are open once again and Arcade Fire is within driving distance, I will be there celebrating life and dancing with them.

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5

The album that set the tone for Arcade Fire. The subject matter and lyrics reflect a disconnect with society. The white picket fence falling apart. The album plays with the idea of our surrounds reflected by a neighborhood. Heavy emotional subjects surrounded by big sound, organs, instruments. A full orchestra at times. The energy put forth by the band and deep connection makes it one of my favorites.

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5

I fucking love this album so much. So much so I need to swear to emphasize the deepness of my love for it. You've probably heard half the songs from BBC montages in the past but not even they could ruin this album. Every song fits perfectly and flows to the next perfectly. Yes they are all weird arty canadians but wow. I think this might have been the first proper indie album I ever truly loved. And there's nothing like your first love. 5/5

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Not sure if music from this period is bad or if I just didn't like it. But I did not enjoy this one bit; bland, pretentious, and needy. The early-00s equivalent of easy listening.

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5

Saved Prior: Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels), Neighborhood #2 (Laika), Neighborhood #3 (Power Out), Wake Up, Rebellion (Lies) Not Saved: 10. Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles) Saved: 9. Une Annee Sans Lumiere 8. Crown of Love 7. In the Backseat 6. Neighborhood #2 (Laika) 5. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) 4. Haiti 3. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) 2. Wake Up 1. Rebellion (Lies) Overall Notes: A very very difficult album to rank 1-10. I saw these guys in concert (would highly recommend) so I'm pretty familiar with their stuff, and each song on this album brings strong musical elements to the table. Album is super nostalgic yet at the same time forward looking. Great stuff. One thing I'll say is that it's crazy that Wake Up doesn't open up the album, and the tracklist flows a little weird to me. But what do I know? 4.75 rounded up because math.

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5

This one. This one I want to hear performed live. I want the bass to tickle the soles of my feet and rattle my ribcage. I want to dance and sweat and mouth all the words. More than many, this album feels like one piece of work, rather than a collection of songs. I've never seen Arcade Fire. I'm making all of this up. Here is my daydream: This works best in my mind if I imagine a smallish venue --- max. capac. at most 500 people, an old theater with red velvet curtains and a proscenium stage. We've got reserved seats (we are too old for general admission) in the 6th row and a warm whiskey buzz going. The first three tracks bring us in gently, but each of these rises and falls in tempo and intensity, building to a boppy finish at the end of Une année sans lumière. And THEN, Neighborhood #3 hits like a ton of bricks and we are overwhelmed with sound and light and maybe we can't breathe. Good thing Neighborhood #4 is next so we can take a minute to recover, continuing into the beginning of Crown of Love which builds some more, shifting to a crooning ballad and again to a disco finish that leads into the steady groove of the anthemic Wake Up which itself shifts to a dance party reminiscent of The Jam or Iggy Pop. Rebellion really feels like a finale. We're all on our feet, jumping to the beat in unison. It's hot. We all need water. Almost done. We know. We are elated, high on the show. Applause, clapping, stomping. We want an encore! We hear In the Backseat start before lights come up. We close our eyes, all breathing the same air. Music builds for the last time. It is too much but we don't want it to end. Instruments gradually drop out one by one. No applause at the end of this one. We exit quietly, our ears ringing, a tear in our eyes, a gentle smile on our lips.

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4

Honestly, this was very close to being a sonic masterpiece for me, but there were moments that took me out of the listening experience here and there. I think I will definitely re-visit this one and can easily see it becoming one of my favorites. From the instruments to the lyricism to the overall atmosphere, I'm pretty much sold.

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4

Quintessential "indie" rock right here, and there is a particular honest charm here that I really dig throughout most of it.

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I understand what is wrong with millennials now

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It's...... alright. I didn't enjoy it, I just listened to it. It's good, but not really.

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5

5*..... a bona fide classic album. They never bettered this unfortunately, but what a debut!!!

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5

Closer to a 4.5, but a 5 is deserved

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5

Perfect album.

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5

Brilliant instrumentation and melodies are constant throughout, each song stands out for its originality. The album builds to Crown of Love and Wake Up euphoria, continuing through to Rebellion. And then before you know it the pace slows right down to a reflective finale with In The Backseat. One of the best, most sonically and lyrically unique debut albums you will ever listen to. Sounds just as fresh it would have done in 2004.

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5

I think my incredibly high rating for this probably says a lot about how old I am and where I spent my formative years.

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5

The more I hear from Arcade Fire, the more I love them. I was only 8 when this album came out, so I never got to hear it fully. But WOW, this record is packed with so much emotion and catharsis. Touching the subjects of death and mortality are something that artists either do very plainly because they are too general, or very deeply because they've actually experienced or thought about it in a personal moment. This album is the latter, by almost all members of the band, and they really put their heart into being expressionists. The sounds can be overwhelming and anxiety ridden - but in a beautiful way that makes sense and reflects the stages of grief we all must someday face. Favorite Song: Une Annee Sans Lumiere Least Favorite Song: Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles)

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5

BEST. FUNERAL. EVER!!!

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4

I'm hard-pressed to think of this as anything other than my third-favorite Arcade Fire release. Realistically, it's probably their second-best. From both subjective and objective stances, it's an absolute icon of heart-on-sleeve indie. The quality jump from the EP is massive, and the rest of the oeuvre is built of many of the same ingredients. I find devastation, which as far as I can tell is the point, mostly at the beginning and end.

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4

Another album that took a while to grow on me, having not been familiar with it before. I didn’t grow fond of the lead vocal, though. It's a pet peeve when lyrics are unintelligible (said the crabby old person), and there's a quality of his voice that I struggle with. That said, it's because I started to like the rest of the music so much that his voice stood out so much to me. Maybe I'll get that, too, at some point. I enjoy this album more each time I listen. I like the very different musical sounds of each of the songs, and I can't really pick my favorites without listing most of them. I did have a special fondness for "In the Backseat" and the lyric "My family tree's losin' all its leaves" stabbed me a bit. It really did conjure up vivid emotion and imagery that goes with the album title.

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4

Jättebra! Men jag blir så ledsen! Men det är så bra!

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4

Mostly good songs that just roll through. When they work they're great. When they don't it just a bit indie meh

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Who or what is the funeral for? The youth? They do seem a mite hung-up about the world children are being born into. Or is it the death of the 'neighbourhood'--the slightly irritating conceit for four song titles? If it was me, I'd be lamenting the last three tracks, which are all 'slow builds'--the standard indie Polyfilla when a song isn't working. Despite the band's best efforts, thoe songs expire lamely anyway. Let's assume they never figured out what their concept was and remember that, until 'Haiti' comes around, it doesn't matter. Win's vocals are absurd, falling somewhere between Bono, David Thomas and Gerard Way (did you know such a place existed?) I guess that makes him part universalist, part edge-of-nervous breakdown, and part actual breakdown. The band walks its own tightrope between lavish orchestration and thin, scratchy guitars. Those components shouldn't work but mostly do because this gazillion-piece (who clearly had stadium aspirations from the start, so "indie" my butt) knows how to rinse every last drop from a key change. The one in the Kettle chorus epitomises their whole sound. And they can write in a way that's general enough to seem relevant to everyone but specific enough to stay weird ("They say a watched pot won't ever boil / You can't raise a baby on motor oil" is a favourite). They're best when they work themselves up into a tizz. The strings at the end of Crown of Love are so hyper they could have been made specially for a football highlights package. But when these guys are peaking not even a seven-goal thriller would match the melodrama. Shame they got scared of their shadow after The Suburbs.

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Had I been born 15 years later I might have been into these guys a lot more, although they give me definite Smashing Pumpkins vibes, and I was never keen on those guys. The vocalist has quite an annoying voice, which is directly responsible for me thinking the best song on the album by far is the final track that he doesn't sing.

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5

Still holds up, even after every other band ripped off this sound. Glorious and epic!

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5

Great to listen to this again.

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5

What a great album. I have a bit of a new found appreciation for this band. My top 3 are: Neighborhood #3 (Power out), Wake Up, Crown of love.

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5

Gotta be 5 stars

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5

It’s not all five star but the good songs are fucking classic so they really bring that average up

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5

Had a "soundtrack to life" feel to it. Great driving/ background music.

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5

Love it.

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5

Lived it

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5

One of my all time favorites.

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5

ok

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5

Aquest àlbum és un vell conegut. L'he escoltat infinitat de cops, i recuperar-lo avui segueix produint molt bones sensacions. No ha envellit gens, tot i que ja s'apropa als 20 anys. Un disc ple de temazos, de moments de gran èpica, d'altres més tranquils i preciosistes... La barreja em segueix semblant meravellosa. Sense inventar res, els Arcade Fire es defineixen perfectament amb aquest primer àlbum, i seguiran aportant cançons i àlbums imprescindibles al llarg dels anys següents. Tot i que segurament aquest primer seguirà sent el meu preferit. I què potents són en directe! A més, és un àlbum que es publica en una època molt bonica de la meva vida, vivint a Canalejas amb ma germana, després de la relació amb l'Olga, i a punt de començar la importantíssima etapa Filmax... O sigui que, a sobre, les cançons d'aquest àlbum van unides a records molt bonics i agradables.

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5

One of my all time favourites

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5

Me gusta

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5

One of best debut albums ever!

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5

A work of art

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5

Great album this. Crown of love and wake up back to back is amazing

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5

All Killer No Filler

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5

Still a classic.

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5

A lot of love for this album. Seems to be the most highly rate AF album, though not my favourite as a whole. Rebellion and Wake Up were such influential songs for me and are still so relevant - love them just as much today. Bunch of crazily talented people.

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5

been thinking about them loads lately. good timing.

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5

I like it. It has been good.

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5

Incredible album. Not sure if this is my favorite Arcade Fire, but it's so good. I think I have more of a fondness for Neon Bible, since that is the album that really got me into Arcade Fire, but I'd have to listen through all of them again to pick a favorite.

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5

dripping with passion

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5

CLASSIC

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5

Really enjoyed this when it came out. Wake Up is one of my favorite songs.

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5

Easily the most influential album of my childhood + teen years, one of my all-time favorites. No way to say how much this record means to me. Every note feels measured and intentional without losing any of the emotion behind it. And of course, I'm a sucker for a good theme. Wake Up, Tunnels, and Backseat send a chill down my spine a thousand listens later. I love you, Arcade Fire.

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5

On of my favorite albums of all time.

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5

4.7 + One of several great AF albums but arguably their masterpiece. Set around themes of suburban life, isolation and rebirth. A satisfying arc of songs that grabs you from the beginning and leads you on a journey. So many standout tracks.

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5

really good comic book reading album. Will probably look it up later to read to Might create a jurassic park to this album

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5

This album was important to me when it came out and and I still really like it today, it's part "I like it" and part "i'm a homer" but otherwise it's hard to explain it other than by saying I love pretty much everything about it. It's a shame that the legacy of this album is a bunch of shitty bands trying to recreate this sound for a decade and an original band I just don't care about whatsoever outside of this lp

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5

Already liked it before, so pretty biased. Power Out, Wake Up – BANGERS.

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5

Arcade 🔥

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5

Arcade Fire's first album, 2004. The album was given its title because several band members had recently lost members of their families. Despite indie rock is not my favourite genre of music I liked the sound and atmosphere of this album a lot!

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5

I like the range of sound and the lyrics felt personal and sad.

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5

Neighbourhood #3 (lieb das Xylophon) Haiti

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5

Mad album

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5

Love this album. Always have, always will.

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5

I haven't listened to this album in quite a while - so it was good to have this opportunity to revisit it. On this listen the similarities to the Electric Light Orchestra stood out. The way that many of their songs have distinct, contrasting "movements" and their use or orchestral instruments and the string arrangements at times had me thinking Arcade Fire is a sort of alternative music evolution of ELO. I love the song "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)." The music and vocal performance transports me to the snow covered landscape of the song. "Neighborhood #2 (Laika)" with its shouty delivery and accordion tackles dysfunctional family dynamics and sacrificial lambs by referencing Laika, the first creature sent on a one-way trip into space. "So the neighbors can dance in the police disco lights." Incredible imagery and a great song. "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" is one of my favorite songs on the album. The xylophone is a fantastic addition to this song that starts with a power failure and goes to so many places from there… Crown of Love's" heartbreaking exploration of love and its impermanence shows the softer side of Arcade Fire, until it builds to a frenetic ending. So good. "Wake Up" is a masterpiece. 'We're just a million little gods causing rain storms turning every good thing to rust.' Wow. "Rebellion (Lies)" is a close contender for favorite song on the album. The key changes on "Every time you close your eyes" are so great. "In The Backseat" gives the lead vocals to Régine Chassagne and is a cool change to end the album on. I love the feelings evoked of just riding in the backseat... and at times her voice is very reminiscent of Björk to me - so compelling. I love this album. FUNERAL's strong underlying themes of family and community are explored with a desperation that is palpable. A fantastic debut from Arcade Fire that has more than earned its place on this list!

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5

Masterpiece. Among the top 5 albums of the last 20 years. Some of the songs on here are in the all-time pantheon. I might argue Tunnels is my favorite opening track on any album, ever.

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5

Fantastic album. Top 10 all time for me. Such a great introduction for folks to indie. 5/5

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5

I always forget how much I like this band and how great their first 3 albums are (Reflektor is really good, but the first 3 are perfect). This album definitely deserves to be on a list of best debut albums of all time.

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5

Real fun, one of my favourites actually. A mix of slightly left field music and lyrics

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5

Loved it. Could only listen to one track, though. What happened? Wanted to listen to more. Sad.

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5

When i first heard this, i loved it an wasn't sure why... definitely not a conventional alt rock album, but it's creativity and energy were easy to enjoy. Album still holds up... pretty incredible from start to finish.

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5

A triumphant moment for music. Music fans may have decided that such a sound is dated and that every era has a sound and that you can't relate to things from out of your time. But really I reject that. Funeral is one of the most emotional and relatable stories of adolescent uncertainty ever crafted, with all of life's pure unrestrained rebellion, despair, and the in between. They are a band with fucking violinists and horn players but at the end of the day it's music recorded with a fidelity that frankly anyone could acquire with simple homely writing. Regine and Winn Butler's voice breaking the limits of the mix on tracks such as Neighborhood #1 and In the Backseat is not something to be frowned upon. They're astounding moments of incredibly talented individuals screaming into the void at the loss of the light of their parent's and community's guidance. Yet through this expression of pain, Funeral becomes an almost communal event which is what I think truly makes Funeral the epitome of what everyone loves or hates about the genre. The album has a few weaker spots that I can easily note but that would take away from the sentiment I want to express. Funeral is one of the most loveable albums I have and ever will meet and I love returning to it every time.

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5

I feel like I always think these guys are better than they really are. Like, when I saw this album I thought \"oh yeah, it's really good\" and then I listened to it and thought \"is it?\" And I know I've done that on this album and other Arcade Fire albums on previous listens. So, I tried to put the music critics' constant fawning out of my mind and evaluate for myself. Tunnels holds up - simple baseline instruments (piano, xylophone?) that mix well with the guitars and drums, thoughtful lyrics, and Win Butler's desperation-style vocals. And it's that combination that works well on multiple tracks (Une Annee sans Lumiere, Kettles - really beautiful). It also sometimes fails (Laika - Butler and strings too whiny, In the Backseat - Regine Chassagne's vocals are hit or miss). But there are also a series of songs that take those previous good things and then go further by adding in an edgy, high energy, more rock feel. Power Out and Wake Up are good examples. The best example is Rebellion - it will probably always stay in my top 20 alternative rock songs (the opening bass line, then the piano, then the rest of the instruments - love it). I don't know where to put Arcade Fire in terms of influencing the indie rock revival/explosion of the 2000's (that is still going strong today) but this album is certainly in the middle of all of it. And so after some focused listens, yeah it's really, really good.

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5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Tunnels, Laika, Power out, Crown of love, Wake up, Haiti, Rebellion

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4.5

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5

Love this album. A bit late to the party but better late than never

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5

This was one of the most surprising albums to listen to, despite being a good album, i never expected to hit the feels like this. In a crisp 48 min run time which is much shorter than most other albums I have listened to, they (Arcade Fire) have discussed many ideas from the present such as childhood loss, wanting to run away and other feelings that would be commonplace now in 2021. Companied with strong instrumentation that changes from down and slow to rebellious and upbeat to even using the French language this album stuck out in all the right ways

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5

Jamás habría imaginado que al volver a escuchar este disco después de tantos años, lloraría. Es como volver a casa. Desprende inocencia, unas veces dulce, otras rabiosa, pero siempre bella. Descubrí a Arcade Fire con “Power Out” y en ese momento supe que estaba ante algo nuevo, original e icónico, como el “Breathe” de The Prodigy. El disco, inesperadamente, resultó no ser tan eléctrico como el single. Sin embargo, después de varias escuchas no importó porque lo que este disco tenía era algo más y ese algo te desgarraba por dentro. Era imposible parar de escucharlo. Hoy he vuelto a esa época en la que mis oídos estaban cogiendo forma y he sentido un gozo incontenible al hacerlo. Hay funerales que llenan a uno de felicidad.

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5

Brilliant album Not sure how to criticise this beyond saying I prefer Neon Bible, which doesn't seem fair. So 5 stars it is (to keep Jack happy)

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5

Possibly my favourite album. It's hard to describe how it makes me feel without sounding pretentious, so I might as well lean into it... For me, it's like an escape into some time and place that probably never existed (between the click of the light and the start of the dream, you might say). Rustic and intimate yet also epic and ethereal. There's an earnestness to the the lyrics that lends extra power and purpose to the oh-whoa-whoa singalong bits. They come across a bit like they're preaching the views of some cult, but one whose cause I can really get behind. Laika and Power Out bring a chaotic energy, like punk if punk was invented 200 years ago in Central Europe. Tunnels might be the most romantic song I've ever heard, in some strange way. And Rebellion is the best of the lot - that string/vocal melody in the outro is one of my all-time favourite bits of music. Also, I reckon In The Backseat is their underrated masterpiece. Love that portentous guitar chord at 2:25, and the way the track diminishes to just a whisper at the end sounds like being left alone with your thoughts after everyone leaves the party, or life continuing after someone has died. Which is what I believe the song, (and most of the album), is about: life, death, and the struggle to hold onto childhood innocence as you get older. Saw it performed live once but loads of people talked over it. Ah well, it's only music innit.

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5

Staple indie from my formative years. Cue Schmidt's finger snaps: "Let's start an Arcade Fire"

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5

This is an all time favourite and one of the most important albums in my teens. I haven't given this a listen in a long time but it still holds up. It doesn't give me the same emotional listen like in the past but all the songs hold up and are super fun. Good songwriting on here and nice arrangements, with a good lyrical theme that goes through the album. Still love it.

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5

So many good songs - very unique (or at least it was unique at the time).

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5

Excellent debut album

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5

Ah yes a classic from my early post college days.

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5

I love this one more every time I hear it. A modern classic for sure, and one of the best debuts of all time. So impressive and beautiful and still the best thing Arcade Fire have done imo

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5

Absolutely thoroughly enjoyed. No criticism.

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5

What an album- some cracking songs and always hits me in the feels. Sooooo gooood!

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5

EEEEEEEEE ANOTHER ONE I ADORE!!! Personal highlights include: - Tunnels (gorgeous opening track, makes me feel like I'm in a snowy cabin) - Power Out (particularly the bridge building to "IS IT A DREAM? IS IT A LIE?" and everything after that) - Crown of Love is maybe (maybe?) my favourite song on here, it's just so lovely and again the buildup is so good! - Wake Up (obviously) - In The Backseat (makes me Big Emotional and reminds me of being a little kid, well, in the backseat) I think I gravitate more towards the songs with big dramatic swelling instrumentals and vocals rather than the quieter and slower songs (though these are still ridiculously beautiful and I love them too)

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5

An absolute classic and what a debut. After dozens of listens I think The Suburbs might even be the better album, but this is superb.

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5

An album to die for

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5

Love the sound of it. From the first bars of the piano in what sounds like a parish hall.

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5

Had not listened to it for 15 years or so and liked it more at the time - but still good of course and one of those immediately recognizable albums, like The Bends or Siamese Dream. So will give it 5 star.

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5

epic!

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5

Great indie-style vibe album, reminiscent of Cage The Elephant (perhaps they were influenced a lot by them?). I will listen to the album regularly from now on.

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5

Oo this album is so fragile and honest, it is beautiful, focusing on the things near us, in the neighbourhood, in the suburbs, telling stories of loss-of-innocence and coming to terms with the world. It is beautiful indie rock with symphonic influences, but also draws from various Latin traditions. I am in love with WIn Butler's vocal, and am on all fours over 'Wake Up' which manifests a beautiful anger and pain that ultimately dissolves into a cathartic sensation through dance. Maybe that sounds bizzare, but that really is how it feels! Brilliant album and thankfully not the only one by Arcade Fire at that!

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5

So much nostalgia

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5

This was acc fire

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5

Was leaning towards 4... but then 'Wake Up' started.

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5

Love this album another one of my all time favourites. Rebellion (lies) is one of my all time favourite songs.

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5

Great. I quite enjoy one of their later albums, Everything Now, so it wasn't a huge surprise that I enjoyed this one. They seem to hew relatively close to the sound of the time, but I like their take on it.

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5

Love this album. Alternative rock classic

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5

honestly skipped arcade fire. Funeral was like. really fucking good though.

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5

Listened

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5

10/10/10

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5

Fantastic album, always gets me

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5

Yes! Dit is echt een fantastisch album. Dit debuut en de paar platen daarna zijn allemaal echt geweldig. Jammer dat ze tegenwoordig een soort ABBA-achtige crap maken.

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5

Niks negatiefs over te zeggen; Geweldig album en een geweldige band!

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5

With the benefit of the passage of time - this album stands the test of time - an excellent end to end album with no fat and great songs.

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5

classic

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5

Funeral is a watershed indie rock album that shaped the genre for the next two decades. It incorporates elements of baroque and symphonic pop into contemporary indie rock to yield an uncommonly lush and melodic album. Lyrically, the album is ultimately hopeful at a very polarizing time in the wake of the invasion of Iraq

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5

A truly beautiful album. The incorporation of instruments beyond the typical rock 4-piece brings a lot of emotional depth and the lyrics cut just right all throughout. Also a very minor thing, but I just love it so much when songs mix into each other, shows that extra foresight was put into the planning of the whole thing. Definitely massively influential, this is a sound that every indie band since have been trying to achieve, with very few matching it's power. I personally prefer The Suburbs to this one, but I would still never turn down a listen. Fav Tracks: Neighbourhood #1, Crown of Love, Rebellion and In The Backseat

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5

A near-perfect indie rock album, and my favourite release from Arcade Fire. Everything hits on this record, and it feels like the band has way more experience than they currently do at this point in their careers. I really enjoy the moments throughout the album where strings and piano dominate. Great flow to the tracks throughout. Régine Chassagne's vocals on the final track are one of my favourite moments on this listen. Can't think of much to criticize on this one. Fave tracks: Neighbourhood #1 (Tunnels), Rebellion (Lies), In The Backseat

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5

This really holds up after 18 years. Euphoric at times, and the Neil Young like urgent fragility of Win's voice has never been deployed better since. Always a good medicine to thaw many a heart that's grown old and cynical.

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5

The perfect debut. Words barely do it justice

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5

I love this band and I love this album.

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5

It wasn't until Neon Bible took me by surprise when it was released a few years later that I finally got around to listening to this. I'm not sure what caused my resistance to Arcade Fire, I think it was that I thought that they would be another lame Radioheadesque mess of a band. I was very wrong. The music on here is so rich and deep. It has filmic quality where my mind images scenes from some unmade movie that this is the soundtrack of. I also love how it is so melancholic yet joyous at the same time

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5

I just want to buy everyone involved in making this album a pint. Its bloody beautiful.

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5

Modern Classic. Wake Up is such a great song

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5

I love this album, I love their voices, the sadness, the joy, the sound. I'm gonna go play it again.

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5

What a debut

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5

Fire

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5

I’ve herd it once before and I like it but just a tad overrated for me but hey it’s a new day so I’ll try it with new ears… Also for the neighbourhood songs I am just gonna call them by whatever is in the brackets as I find the whole multi part idea stupid when the songs have no real musical flow and are completely separate works… The album opens with tunnels, one of the most enjoyable tracks of the album, perfect instrumentation for the album’s opener with the grand build up in tempo throughout truly an epic tune! Laika has a great chorus but the vocals on the verses are too muffled and static really for me. Une anee sans lumiere is a song that I appreciate for speaking in a different language ( well for the odd line or two at least) and feels like a nice mid side 1 break ( so I guess the neighbourhood thing does work). Power out is really explosive ( like a dark disco track) but it also has these playful bell sounds that make it really unique to be honest! 7 kettles is a nice slow song to end the whole dumb neighbourhood thing and this is the album’s worst track, well performed but mediocre. < note to self: well I guess the first two songs make sense as a part of “neighbourhood” but doing 3 and 4 is dumb> Crown of love is really soft and sweet great way to rebuild the album after 7 kettles; the dance bit at the end is odd but it’s just a great song to be honest. Wake up is the closest you would get to a full blown rocker on this album ( like it’s all heavy guitars until the last minute or so) and it’s one of the best songs on the album (especially when you give it time like this)! Haiti goes for a female vocalist swapping between English and french over a great rhythm. Not a favourite but I like it especially with the echoey voice. There are these sirens at the end of Haiti that flow perfectly into the penultimate track rebellion ( lies) this song is great like the album’s opener it builds up well as the song progresses but unlike this song this is a proper rocker. The album closes with in the backseat ( another song sung by the female vocalist), a track that really works when the electric guitars crash over her voice making a song that would’ve been just dull and slow into something incredible. Well, I guess I was a bit wrong ( I still think the band are overrated) but this was better than I remembered can’t not give this a 5 ( even if it’s quite a low one).

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5

Maybe this is just my bias for this type of music but it’s hard to find a flaw on this album. The connective tissue tracks are thematically relevant and the high points like Wake Up are extremely high. In the conversation for album of the century so far.

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5

Yeah, great album. Saw them live just before they broke in a small venue in Glasgow. A revelation.

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5

This is one of my absolute favorite albums and I can't really talk about it without sounding like an insufferable douchebag. If you want my thoughts (I'm sure you don't), you'll have to get them over drinks. Best track: Wake Up

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5

Such a good album!

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5

So much to love!

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5

Это было неожиданно слишком хорошо.

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5

This is going to be one of those rare times where I massively disagree with my my co-hort in my reviewing group here. Have a totally different view than you Paul...absolutely love this album from the first moment I heard it. One of the few good things to come out of my time at CMN/CEN magazine...hearing this album for the first time.

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5

Well it's an excellent album

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5

I absolutely love this album and reminds me of happy teen years when I discovered Arcade Fire. I love the grand and varied nature of AF, and I do think they were unique at the time, I think they've inspired lots of bands I really love now (like Black Country New Round).

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5

Warm/raw production and energy to the entire album. Thoroughly enjoyed the entire album. Favorite tracks: Power Out and Wake Up

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5

I'm a big Arcade Fire fan in general. Overall a brilliant album—moving from theatrical to anthemic, and even poppy in spots. Rebellion remains one of my favorite Arcade Fire tracks. While not my fav in their catalog, it still gets a 5.

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5

喜欢 wake up,躁动得恰到好处

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5

heard it

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5

Very familiar but gave a re-listen anyway to see if I can still enjoy the music despite the allegations against Win Butler. It’s a damn fine album and I still like this a lot. Way more whoops than I remember.

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5

cool

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5

I really liked this album. Something about it makes me feel happy and nostalgic. Probably because Wake Up was on the Where the Wild Things Are movie soundtrack (which ended up being a depressing movie and kinda of a let down from the kid's book).

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4

the singer is so fucking annoying but very good instrumentals, somber feeling

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4

7/10

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4

Best debut album of all time? No, but damn if this one isn’t ambitious

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4

So I guess Arcade Fire is art rock/indie rock, which explains why I like this album so much so far. It's exactly my vibe. I don't know if it's objectively amazing but subjectively, I like it very much.

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4

Modern classic and wake up is legend. Hell of a first album.

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4

A wonderful album!

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4

отличный альбом, один из интереснейших в современном альт-роке. очень печальная работа, в которой такие элементы, как скрипка и орган, сидят совершенно спокойно и лишь добавляют эмоциональности.

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4

Great album. Fantastic band.

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4

My revisit to this record made me like it waaaaaay more than I used to. I do really like some Arcade Fire songs but I never loved the band. I’m gonna revisit more of their older records.

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4

Love me some Arcade Fire

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4

Classic. Great study album

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4

4.5

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4

At first it was fine but didn't stand out. Listening again, though, I like it more.

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4

This album came out when I was a sophomore in college so I remember it vividly. I had one roommate who was kind of a dick and he really liked it so it soured parts for me at the time. Regardless there is a nice theme going throughout this of growing up and forgetting your humanness, which as I get older I think about more and more. Wake Up was so overplayed that I can't listen to it much anymore, but the other tracks are still great. Not something I'd always listen to but was a nice thing to come back to.

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4

What cave have I been living in the past 20 years? Never heard of this group. Enjoyed it! Oh Canada!

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4

Yes fine, ok then

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4

Nothing stuck out to me, but it was pretty good

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4

Wake Up is a hell of a song but this album is good to listen all the way through.

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4

Pretty Chill Music

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4

Shorter Album, enjoyed the vibe. Very spacious and full of feeling. Most likely has an external cause that drove the album to be made the way it is. Moves like a story.

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4

Really accomplished debut. Although I'm not a die-hard AF fan like most of my peers, I really enjoy them, their fun, great live, as is this album. I know most of this album despite never owning it, they are simply so pervasive. Love the rich instrumentation, driving rhythms, big dynamic variations. The most folky/americana style songs are less my style (Kettles). It's hard to judge this album without the hindsight of knowing the phenomenon they would become. It certainly is a stand-out amongst the proliferation of long forgotten 00s indie bands. Favourites: Neighbourhood # 3 (Power out) - ominous minor bass strings Neighbourhood # 1 (Tunnels) - tension Rebellion (Lies) - anthem

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4

Poco pero muy poco le falta para llegar al 5.

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4

Man, this brings me back. Great record.

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4

Takes me back to Ontario! Rebellion lies is still fun.

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4

Pretty good actually...

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4

Better than I thought given that I'm not a huge fan of the singer's voice. Also possibly because one of their famous songs (Wake Up) seems to be my least fav so far.

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Indie rock

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Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)" Released: June 20, 2004 "Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)" Released: March 28, 2005 "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" Released: May 23, 2005 "Rebellion (Lies)" Released: September 12, 2005 "Wake Up" Released: November 14, 2005

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"He tore our images out of his pictures He scratched our names out of all his letters Our mother should have just named you Laika" (Neighborhood #2 (Laika) Debería escuchar más Arcade Fire porque la verdad es que me gustan un montón.

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4

Me gustan mucho mas son 3 trabajos posteriores, sobre todo The Suburbs que sería un 10. Pero es un buen disco

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4

This album was good. Right up my alley. Their hit, Wake Up? Way good. Except the end was part I’d never heard before and I didn’t like the end of that song as much as the beginning.

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4

Fuck, I had notes but forgot to save! It's a good album, very theatrical and purposeful in it's songwriting. Back half had me hooked more than the front. Gave it 3.5 on rym sooooo I'll give it a 4 here

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4

An early aughts indie classic, obviously.

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הכי טוב עד עכשיו, אין לי מה לומר

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4

Surprisingly enjoyable. Interesting enough to lift it from the usual indie rock

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4

nice!! enjoyed

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4

Amazingly well formed for a debut album. Sounds immediately like Arcade Fire. Remember hearing it for the first time and being blown away (h/t Stu Fletcher).

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4

Really enjoyed this album and the whole atmosphere it gives off! Super fun experience!

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Would give this 5 but might have been influenced by nostalgia, love this album

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4

There is a possibility that I've listened to this album before. Arcade Fire is a band that I wonder why I don't like more. I admire a lot about their musicianship, and what they've done. I just haven't caught that sense of "oh, I need to hear some AF right now". The album is good. "Rebellion (Lies)" is my favorite. There weren't any tracks that I didn't like. This album probably squeaks in to the category of "I'd listen again"

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4

Reminds me of my freshman year of high school :)

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4

Some pretty good tracks. A few fall into the indie trap of simple drum beat + constant strum pattern, but still interesting enough to keep my attention.

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4

3,8 Tof albumke! Nog wel men ding! Would play again

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4

Phenomenal

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4

An album I’ve been meaning to listen to more. Really liked it. Wake Up is still the standout but the whole album has a nice flow to it

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4

I actually like this a good deal. It's a bit 'quirky' but varied enough with some neat musicality to it.

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4

Made me watch their Glastonbury appearance from 2007 again, better live.

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4

I surprisingly really enjoyed it. It has a unique sound and production, the songs don’t particularly stand out from one another but as a whole the album is a good indie album.

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4

I liked that

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4

Had heard one of the tracks before. Sits well within the album which is strong and consistent.

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Conoscevo il gruppo solo di nome e questo disco mi ha sorpreso in positivo. Il sound ha una sua originalità nonostante le similitudini con alcuni gruppi degli anni 2000, molto saturo però senza essere eccessivo. Lo risentirò.

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4

Arcade Fire is amazing. 4 stars.

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4

I do actually like multiple songs on this album. I enjoy it and admit my normalcore tastes sometimes

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4

I think I had too much hype going into this album and my unfairly high expectations weren't meant. Still, a great album and Wake Up deserves all the plays it gets.

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4

good enough to listen twice

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4

Tres bon. On voit ou il s’en vont, un apercu de ce qui s’en vient. Ca vaut le detour franchement . 4.5

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4

Prefer the later albums, rougher round the edges than I remember. But a sign of good things to come.

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4

Solid 4 Stars - great album that I've listened to several times before. There's something about it that may not completely click with me, which is why I haven't given it 5 stars.

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4

Nice and chill. Overall enjoyable.

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4

Picks me up when i'm feeling low

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кайовый инди рок, где то лёгкий, где то потяжелее

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The highlight of the album is the magisterial Wake Up. All the tracks before it feel like one long introduction and build up to this particular highlight. I find this album quite hard to pin down - I enjoy the music but I don’t know what the band are trying to say. Maybe this doesn’t matter.

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I feel like they pulled a lot of punches despite having some compelling ideas. 7/10

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