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Funeral

Arcade Fire

2004

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Funeral

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3.7

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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Listened

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10/10/10

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5

Fantastic album, always gets me

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

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7/10

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

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

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A wonderful album!

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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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Great album. Fantastic band.

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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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Love me some Arcade Fire

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Classic. Great study album

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4.5

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

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

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Yes fine, ok then

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Nothing stuck out to me, but it was pretty good

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

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Pretty Chill Music

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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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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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Poco pero muy poco le falta para llegar al 5.

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Man, this brings me back. Great record.

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

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Pretty good actually...

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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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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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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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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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An early aughts indie classic, obviously.

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הכי טוב עד עכשיו, אין לי מה לומר

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

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nice!! enjoyed

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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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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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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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Reminds me of my freshman year of high school :)

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

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Phenomenal

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

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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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I liked that

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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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Arcade Fire is amazing. 4 stars.

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

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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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good enough to listen twice

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

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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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Nice and chill. Overall enjoyable.

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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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7/10. Sounds like 2000's Indie Music, for better and for worse.

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8/10. really good and emotive. almost gave this a 9 but i think it needed more contrast- there was too much loud, layered, choral vocals stuff so that things just kind of ended up blurring together in a way.

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Rebellion (Lies) is an absolute tune. This was peak teenage fun times so my rating is mostly based on nostalgia.

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Indie pop perfection.

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this is my first album so i'm not sure what to say hear but i really enjoyed it and want to give it more listens

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Indie rock. No está mal.

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Like it

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Wake up is a great song 👍👍

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Indie - Kinda poppish - would totally listen to again

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8/10

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Did this one cause the Indie hype? Further listening required

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Surprised by this one. Not a huge arcade fire fan, but I hadn't listened to this one. While not exactly my cup of tea, I can see the hype.

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Liked it a lot, beautiful, might have to Listen to it a few more Times tho

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I am sure that I have heard of Arcade Fire, but I cannot quite place what work I know of the band. This album was all new for me. It was musically interesting. I don't know how often I will actually seek it out for a listen in the future, but it was nice to spend the day with it today.

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It's arcade fire

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Mjao älskar arcade fire så mycket!! även om jag tycker att de kunde höjd ljudet på vocals (ärligt talat det är på antlers-nivå). Wake up är!!!!

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Ugodna šetnja po Volovčici uz ugodan albumčić!

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Iako je Neon Bible meni najbolji njihov album, ovaj album definitivno ide iza njega. Nedugačak, al po svemu su koliko znamo na ovom albumu neizostavni klasici indie rocka. Favoritne pjesme: Neighborhood #1, #2, #3, #4, Wake Up, Haiti i Rebellion (Lies).

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Pretty good! Have it on vinyl!

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Pretty cool atmospheric indie rock. Reminds me of Bright Eyes but less emo

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2004 - indie rock

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Good album but I have heard it several times before when it was first released.

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This is a vein of indie rock from the 2000s that I find quite enjoyable. Now normally I enjoy a raw and rough sound, but this is one place where I think their mellower sounds later in their discography really shine, and the rawness seems detrimental to the overall feel of the album.

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Heard it before but not for a few years. One of my favourites from when I was a teenager, very catchy and much prefer it to their later albums. Very youthful sounding album

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Great

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No conocía esta banda. No tenía claro si era de los 70 o los 2000.. muchos elementos. Buen descubrimiento.

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very yas

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Bom.

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I’ve listened to this album before but once it came up here I tried again. I listened to it 3 times mainly because it’s so easy to get lost in the songs. They are very enjoyable and feel like an indie orchestra. It follows the pattern I find great of music that sounds uplifting but the lyrics are the opposite. This album is an indie staple. 7.9/10

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4.5

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big up for Wake Up giving me a moment one time

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Me cuesta mucho trabajo esta banda porque me gusta como suenan sus armonías, instrumentaciones y estructuras, pero me súper zurra su voz y me hace querer dejar de escuchar en cuanto empieza a cantar. Tratando de dejar de lado los gemidos que hace pasar por canto, la verdad es que es un disco bonito, nostálgico pero sin llegar a extremos y que sube y baja de tono y de intención muy bien. No más por eso llega a la 4 estrella.

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Cuando salió este disco no me voló los sesos y en esta ocasión tampoco. Sin embargo, sí cambió mi perspectiva sobre el grupo y el álbum, pedo entender ahora la fascinación de mucha gente por la banda. Musica y letras muy cuidadas, sonido pulcro y complejo. 3.5 que sube a 4.

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Part of it is treadmill music. Part of it is montage music. And I don't mean that in an Eddie Haskell sort of way.

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Muito bom.

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Liked this more than I thought I would, saved two songs.

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Great

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I really enjoyed this album, more than I expected to. Great catchy, energetic songs, soaring arrangements. Fave Songs: Crown of Love, In the Backseat, Wake Up, Rebellion (Lies), Une année sans lumière,Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles)

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Never heard it before. Enjoyed it a lot

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I really dig it

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Folksy indie rock with some great sense of scale and powerful melodramatic vocals. Thought the opener "Tunnels" was fantastic but not so much the follow-up. It picks up again from there on though, "7 Kettles" is beautiful, the disco-infused outro to "Crown of Love" is cool and the anthemic "Wake Up" is also very effective but I must admit that I don't exactly get the masterpiece status this album has. It's great but nothing more than that.

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I love the hell out of this album. Really quintessential indie music.

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Bless this album.

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Already one of my favorite albums! They just released new music that sounded like it harkened back to this era, so revisiting their early stuff might help prime their new album.

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When this album first came out I was way too deep in the throes of pop-punk to get much out of it. Revisiting it 15 years later really let's me appreciate what a well-crafted indie/alt record this is

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Uitstekende plaat!

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Really cool album

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Dit is potjandorie goeie muziek. Leuke melodietjes, beetje poppie rock muziek van de 21e eeuw. ****

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Hermoso álbum. Gran recomendación.

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Ingrained in me. I can’t even tell if I like it any more. It just exists as part of my sonic landscape. Yes, he’s whiny. I just don’t seem to care.

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great

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Arty glory

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Light. Shade. Tenderness. Drama

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Has some really nice moments, high recommend.

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I understand that this is good, and I mean half of indie rock that came after this sounds like it, but i didn't enjoy listening to it really. It's bringing me down. Not a fault of the album, it's me lol

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Great indie rock. I love this type of music. So nice to listen to, very relaxing. 8/10

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Great stuff.

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2.75? is that nitpicky? i wasn’t totally pored but not impressed either. nothing stood out

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Good re-listen, I like the more orchestral parts of Arcade Fire especially the last track

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ok

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ehh too slow for my taste

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Not my taste but in general it’s a good listenable album.

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Primer disco de Arcade Fire, mostrando lo que sería el clásico indie de los 10s pero aún con ciertos sonidos rockeros. Canción favorita: Wake Up.

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Not their best album but there are some good parts

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I know Bowie dug these guys, but I can't get into them

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Great life journey album for it's time...

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Have been meaning to fill my Arcade Fire gap for a while but wasn't very impressed. Mediocre but will give it another crack to make sure

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Wake up is a jam and that song gets 4 stars, the rest brings it down to 3

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Ok

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I was getting pretty deep into noise music and living with an alcoholic around the time when this album came out so I kinda missed it. Seems to be a fine album. Reminds me of Modest Mouse. These songs sound like they were practically made to be used in ads for relatively large companies seeking to cash in on indie cred.

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Lo siento mucho pero no. Hay dos rolas que tienen con queso pero el resto no me engancha. Aunque esas dos son muy buenas (creo que la de wake up y crown of love). Un tres sólido.

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It’s okay. I think they did better work. I also think this album is overrated by most.

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I would have enjoyed it much more if I was still a moody teenager.

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Pretty fun

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I'll admit I'm a total "fair weather" Arcade Fire fan. I typically only like their hits. This has some of those, it's solid.

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Musically super cool. Mixed feelings about the singer voices.

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Overall, good. There is an interesting mix of inspiration from David Bowie to U2. A poppy influence of a punk streak into an interesting mix. There is an interesting flow throughout the album, almost a sense of fulfilment, perhaps linked to the title ‘Funeral’ It is truly a journey and celebration through the melody of the music. In the backseat builds to a beautiful send off, with layers and layers adding more and more complexity and rhythm until the crescendo, then one by one, the sounds fade and the instruments disappear, much like attendees at the funeral service, we hear the violin crying out, and the beat as footsteps fading away. Finally a few piano notes and string plucks leaves us with an eery and sudden silence. The end of a funeral and a deliberate end.

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Escuché este disco en su momento y tenía muy buen recuerdo de él. Hoy en 2021 creo que tiene 2 temazos y el resto no llega a ese nivel, pero en general todo suma. Imprescindible "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" y "Rebellion (Lies)".

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Rebellion - absolute banger Une Annee Sans Lumiere - last minute is a tune Wake Up - same again, last minute and a half is good Album overall is good and very easy to listen to.

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2.7 out of 5. Ends well but all the Neighbourhood songs are average. Rebellion definitely the best

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Doesn't do much for me. Basically pleasant, but not that interesting. Some modern, poppy beats and elements. Seems highly produced.

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Pretty good

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3/5

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In the desert that was the noughties, this wasn't terrible.

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Betterer than I remember them being!

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Recognised the band name but wouldn’t have been able to name any tunes ! It was good. ***

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poppy alternative. meh

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classic 2000s alternative. actually not that bad, I did enjoy some of it

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Rebellion (lies) was goe. De rest achtergrondmuziek, mor ni echt voor een playlist

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Voice is a little bit grating, but the melodies are enjoyable

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No flow for me

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I liked some of the tracks. Others were just not clicking in so much for me. I can appreciate the quality of the musicians, but I find the main lead vocalist a little too screamy for me on some tracks. I really liked "Rebellion" though.

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Nothing really catching about this album for me, but it wasn't bad, just not special

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Nice atmosphere and good vocals.

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Neighborhood #3 was a banger and from there it got better, but I felt the start of the album wasn't great.

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Inoffensive

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Toffe eenmalige listen, rebellion pak ik mee naar men playlist

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Nog eens eentje dat we kennen van naam see

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Coming of age? Lots of hipster stuff going on I think, but that's not a bad thing, especially in 2004.

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Interesting album, definitely not my taste. Can see why it rates highly.

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liked the instruments, hated the vocals. wavy and weak.

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Not bad but would have preferred them to be a bit "heavier"

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Lo trovo un album ben fatto e scorrevole. Loro hanno cavalcato l'onda indie degli anni 2000 e hanno fatto il botto (per questo ad esempio loro li trovo più mainstream dei Coldplay e per questo li penalizzerò). Sono anche stati i pupilli di David Bowie (Daniele ne sarà entusiasta). Comunque l'album non è male, ci sono alcuni pezzi che mi piacciono come Neighborhood #4, Wake Up, Haiti e In The Backseat. Voto: 3.75 ..per un pelo! Comunque sono bravi dai.

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Ci sta, un po cosi, un po' lame, non mi dice niente. Mosica rock lenta, un po brit.

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Good listen, but did not impress me

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Might have hit differently if I had grown up to this album. The worst first 20 seconds of any song called Wake Up.

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Sympa, 5 chansons likées donc bon ratio mais pas de gros gros coup de coeur (pour le moment)

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Another album that I wasn't sure that I'd like. Honestly I was mostly right, but there were a few songs that I did like and I liked them a lot. Like Neighbourhood 1 (Tunnels) and Une Annee Sans Lumiere. Wake Up was OK too, but otherwise it was pretty average. 3/5 stars.

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Didn't really like the production. But 3rd song is quite good

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Really familiar

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A debut album that made the band huge straight away. Whiny emoish vocals, huge noise - orchestral rock? Best Tracks: Neighborhood #3 (Power Out); Wake Up; Rebellion (Lies)

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Reminds me of the trio to Florida. Bold & anthem. The great tracks are a triumph but doesn’t hold up all the way through. Too immediate. No intimacy for me.

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Rock indie. Cosas interesantes.

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Sometimes I love this

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It was okay. Didn't really grab me, but didn't grate either, so that's a bonus !

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I thought the album was very well produced and was very well written. It was not my cup of tea though.

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The album is pretty much unremarkable.

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Songs merge into each other. Tonally bland and uninspiring. In the Backseat was the standout track as it didnt have the lead singer on it.

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Not my thing. But the melody is alright. Just not into that sort of voice and that way of singing.

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I feel as if, no matter how I approach this album, I'll always be biased against it. Everyone was so quick to absolutely tongue-bathe this record that, now that I check it out? It's fine. Just fine. "Wake Up" sounds like the literal definition of the commercialization of indie rock, or some sixteen-year-old trying acid for the first time. This is my second Arcade Fire record that I've received and my patience grows thin. Favorite tracks: "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)", "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)"

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Pretty decent. Doesn't quite do it for me though. I do like Wake Up, probably because of the trailer for Where the Wild Things Are

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Standard fare from Arcade Fire, a decent listen.

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Ok album, had some cool moments but nothing that exaordinary. Listening conditions weren't the best however.

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This is probably my fifth time listening over the years. I think I finally get what this band has achieved here- good song structures and instrumentation. Still will never care for the main vocalist. This album isn’t for me, but I finally get it.

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Asså det är väldigt bra men vid det här laget är jag så trött på det här soundet att jag nästan inte tycker om det längre... Gillar deras neon bible mer.

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Ovo ono, nisam im posvetio puno paznje prije. Svida mi se mix i izricaj za prvi put, ali mi nije odma sjelo

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First time listening in anger to those Arcade Fire fellas. There's a grandeur and a sweep to their sound, that's for sure. I get the feeling I'll have to listen several more times to get beyond that grandeur and that sweep, but it's not something I'm opposed to. I'd always put them in a box marked "Kings of Leon et al", and left well enough alone. There is some interesting stuff going on (aforementioned grandeur and sweep aside) - the intermingling of lady-voice in there was a welcome surprise, for instance. Plus that grandeur. It feels like "visual music" in the a similar way to Eli, I suppose - the visual here being people driving across a sun-blasted desert, for me. Still not sure they don't belong in that box marked "Kings of Leon, The Killers etc", but I'll certainly give em a few more tries to find out.

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Arcade Fire is supposed to work for me on paper and people really love and almost revere it but I just don't.

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Helt ok indiepop

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different than what I was expecting, not every memorable however

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Not in the right headspace to enjoy it...was not terrible

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Think it got better as it went on. Only know one other song of theirs so was good to hear this.

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lyrics are beautiful, but very muted when it starts. Ultimately, it's a bit up and down.

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I tried to listen to this album many times, because it felt like I should like it more. It never really clicked for some reason. I notice a lot of songs tend to focus on a particular riff and never really change. Maybe that's the problem - the album just doesn't seem dynamic enough. It's not bad, I just don't know that I would seek it out again. Favorite tracks - Wake Up - anthemic and it's probably one of the more dynamic songs on the album. Une annee sans lumieri pulled me in but has the same issue of being essentially one riff all the way through, until the very last minute. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) - another one that's basically one riff with subtle changes throughout, but it's a very cool riff. In the Backseat was a good closer.

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I had heard them way back on SNL when they were on, and I do remember them because the last song led into a concert they did afterwards. The first time I listened to this, I was a bit turned off. Didn't like the vocalist, a little warbly. He reminded me a bit of Mark Coyne from The Flaming Lips. The drums were too simple, which bothered me. I did give it a second listen, and warmed up to it more. I found myself enjoying it, but I am still not a fan of the vocalist. And the drums do need work.

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3.5/5

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Decent music, very irritating singing style

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Okay, kind of just generic background rock music. Nothing really standout.

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Recognized *that* song from commercials. Otherwise not much stood out. Feels like a 3 is generous.

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These guys are in that hipster band category (along with Radiohead, Vampire Weekend, The National, etc.) that you're supposed to "get," and I have rarely understood the appeal. They've got less that I know and enjoy than the others I listed, and this album breezed by me without making much of an impression. Enjoyable, calming music, I don't know, I'm just not digging much here. So many albums in this "no man's land" of decency for me: fine music, but I'm unmoved and uninterested. Favorite tracks: Neighborhood #3, Une annee sans lumiere. Album art: I've seen this countless times, it's not bad. Definitely a relic of its time. Nothing crazy though, I prefer a few others from them. 3/5

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I want to like these guys- the tracks are everything I normally like: quirky and oddball lyrics and tunes and such. They're ok but there's no spark. Maybe one day i'll get them......

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I like Arcade Fire. They’re perfectly fine. But, this album has always been crazy overrated to me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very good; I find their followup is less “artsy Modest Mouse” or “Talking Heads through the lens of 00s indie rock” and more of its own thing. Still, tracks like “Power Out,” “Rebellion,” and (ugh, I begrudgingly LOVE it) “Wake Up” are catalogue standouts. Nice to come back to this every once in a while. 3.5

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There's some good stuff on here, but I had heard how great this album is and I wasn't so impressed. It at times reminded me of Modest Mouse or Pixies, but not as good. The singles are solid, and some of the others were pretty good as well. I just don't see myself coming back to it. It wasn't offensive, it just didn't hold my attention. 3/5

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Just okay. Some of the tracks were good, Rebellion for example I found pretty interesting with some of the key modulations, but overall there wasn't much on here that I really liked. Maybe more listens are necessary, but this kind of just made me want to put on the Pixies or Modest Mouse instead.

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I get more Neon Bible but it's good

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A top album when I was in middle school but most of the songs don't hold up for me

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It was good. Not a whole lot of opinions on this one.

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I would have liked this so much more had just about anyone else been lead singer. Music was really good. Dudes voice was rough for me.

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I like it, but it's not outstanding to me.

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Best leuk

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ehh its ok i guess

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Very solid. First time hearing the album. 3/5

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There's something very warm and fuzzy about the production, generally pretty great performances and some pretty good songs

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Pretty much the same as all other alternative rock, but with a violin here and there.

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kinda artsy indie rock, not awful but not really that good. just kind of exists in a nice little pleasant space. i'd always wondered what this band sounds like, i thought they were more hard rock. guess not. I feel bad giving it 2/5 cause it's not bad, just not something I'll ever listen to again.

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Seems a bit dated now and his voice is pretty bad, but a few good songs.

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I want to like them because they're Canadian, and I love the indie rock sound. But I'm just bored.

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Generic adult pop hippie bullshit

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Whingy and annoying. No passion pit or vampire weekend

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Very meh

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Interesting, but not totally my style.

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Arcade Fire = Less talented strokes on a heroin bender.

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Really don't like the singer's voice, music style isn't really for me.

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nice indie + wake up

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I didn't care for Arcade Fire until I heard The Suburbs. This album does about the same for me as it did when I first heard it, which is to say, not much. I find it a bit exhausting.

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Leuk voor een nummertje, hele albums is voor mij te veel van het goede.

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It's fine, but man is it boring. I could easily forget that it was even playing.

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2.5 okay

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Most Indie upsets me.

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Had zero expectations for this album so wasn’t disappointed. Didn’t really enjoy it though. 2/5

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Track 3 & 4 were decent as they sounded a bit like modest mouse but the rest was gash

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Ummm fine, okay. I listened to it while painting and enjoyed it, wouldnt be rushing back to listen to it again tho. Kinda forgettable

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Great Composition, song writing, lyrics and music.  Never boring and pretty damn progressive for indie rock.  It's from 2004 and you can definitely tell this album had a huge impact on the indie rock scene.  All that said, I still don't like emo and the way the indie sound has trended since Wilcox.  If I loved indie rock and loved this kind of music this probably would have been a 5/5, but I dont.

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Eh. Not terrible but not for me.

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Not memorable. Wake Up is fantastic, Rebellion is ok, but the whole work together really didn’t captivate me.

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Kind bad ngl

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- The tracks are so long - They all kind of mesh into one song and so loud

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Inte min grej

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Fuck me this is literally the last album in the world I want to listen to. *It was fine, but I have so many other sad bands with a raspy voice I could listen to. If I heard this in 2009, I would love it. Unfortunately, I'm 27 and tired of it.

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Underwhelming.

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good Indie band. just not really sure this album needs to be on this list.

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Oggi non sono in vena di essere comprensivo. Conosco un sacco di persone che stanno in fissa con gli Arcade Fire ma onestamente non sono mai riuscito a capire dov'è il fascino, per questo li aspettavo un po' al varco. Purtroppo questo disco non mi ha aiutato a capirne il senso, se possibile ha peggiorato la mia percezione. Questo album mi ha parecchio annoiato, mi sembra come il tentativo di un gruppo brit pop di fare un po' gli alternativi senza veramente cogliere il senso dei gruppi da cui sembrano trarre ispirazione (alcuni nominabili: The Decemberists, Stars). C'è qualche pezzo che svetta sugli altri, come magari "In The Backseat" ma non è abbastanza per non farmi arrivare questo album come una sola canzone spalmata per 48 minuti. Mi dispiace amici, per me è un 2.5 scarso.

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My Arcade Fire story is that I saw them open for Unicorns back a few months before this album came out and absolutely nobody was paying attention to them and hanging out at the bar areas and I think that's hilarious. and really those are more or less my feelings now. I am completely ambivalent to this and have no strong feelings in any direction. I didn't get it then and I don't get it now. The only thing I can say after revisiting it again is it sounds way more like Broken Social Scene than I remembered it sounding. But even they were pretty boring live.

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Music for people that can almost land a kickflip to listen to while they think about their crush on the cute cashier at the Zumiez by the mall. Not outright offensive, so it's spared the single star.

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I actually really dug the first song, but the rest of the album was kind of an inoffensive snooze.

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This album is like an alien trying to replicate human emotions.

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Not bad

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Perhaps a 2.5, just not my thing - found it a bit dull

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Not keen

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Jävla roligt album, otroligt många bra låtar dock ohyggligt pissig kvalitet dessvärre, ljudet spenderar typ en fjärdedel av albumlängden i taket. Väldigt synd, funkar rätt bra när de inte är så många inslag samtidigt. Blir så JÄVLA grötigt annars. Astronomiskt dålig separation. Det är verkligen natt och dag mellan Funeral och Neon Bible som låter jättebra i jämförelse?? Skulle va kul om de kunde släppa en remaster eller likande. Får lite ont i huvudet av detta(?) Bra låtar, kul band. Dålig slutprodukt.

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Indie rock band Arcade Fire's debut album. The album only has 10 tracks, but it is highly acclaimed - having been called a 'modern classic' and being certified gold. The theme of the album is mortality, so the songs are somber but still have that upbeat rock feel. I enjoyed this album and will look out for more of this band's music, even though none of the songs really stuck out to me as amazing.

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Best song: Wake Up. I still can’t get into this band

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It was actively putting me to sleep, but in a boring way rather than a relaxing way. The beginning of the album starts off incredibly slow, and I much preferred the latter half. Each song in this section flows better and doesn't feel like the equivalent of quicksand to get through. It elevated the experience, but maybe that's just because the first half was so much worse compared to the second. Favorite track: Haiti

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At least they tried. The epitome of what someone who grew up in the shadow of uninspiring britpop comes up with to prove that music doesn't have to be... Well, britpop. This has chord changes for the sake of it. Tempo changes because of course they do. And of course, the orchestra is there because Oasis did it for "whatever" and it kinda worked on that. It isn't a horrible album. But it does not live up to its own pomp and bombast. If they'd toned it down a bit, it could have nestled in alongside every other mid-2000s post-britpop album, but for some reason, reviews and listeners have bought into the sales pitch and here we are on a list of 1,001 albums to listen to.

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Algunos buenos temas

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Not a huge fan of this album, I was never a fan of arcade fire. I think I've only seen them perform on SNL. Either way, I won't be going back to this one.

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Was interesting….

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Meh. Folksy, chambery indie rock has always been one of my least favorite genres. There was a period where I was a little more suspectible to it, but at that point Arcade Fire were too mainstreamy yet not Classic enough to hit my radar. So yeah, I didn’t have fun with this one. Credit where credit is due to a couple of decent ideas scattered in, but I can go the rest of my life without spinning this. D-

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More of that mid 2000s overproduced, whining, emo, why is there a fiddle in everything?, proto-hipster, I wear a funny hat but I can pull it off because I'm a musician type stuff.

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Overblown

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This album didn't move the needle for me at all. 10 tracks of background misic.

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I know of these guys but don't think I've ever listened to them. Heard only good things. This really isn't for me though. Appreciate that it's a bit different and therefore maybe less accessible on first listen. Feels like a 2 so far. Recognise the track Rebellion. But even listening to that I'm just really not bothered about it, actually it's pretty shite. Not sure how these guys are well rated. Might even give it a 1.

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I think I am not the target demographic of this. I wouldn't really care if someone had a song or two on their playlist on a long car ride, but I'm just not really a fan.

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Nope

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Boring, mellow alt-folk rock.

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pff, de stem zeurt nogal

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