This is a Random Album Generator.
One album a day.
From the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

The Suburbs

Arcade Fire

2010

The Suburbs

Album Summary

The Suburbs is the third studio album by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire, released on August 2, 2010. Coinciding with its announcement, the band released a limited edition 12-inch single containing the title track and "Month of May". The album debuted at No. 1 on the Irish Albums Chart, the UK Albums Chart, the US Billboard 200 chart, and the Canadian Albums Chart. It won Album of the Year at the 2011 Grammy Awards, Best International Album at the 2011 BRIT Awards, Album of the Year at the 2011 Juno Awards, and the 2011 Polaris Music Prize for best Canadian album. Two weeks after winning Grammy's Album of the Year, the album jumped from No. 52 to No. 12 on the Billboard 200, the album's highest ranking since August 2010.Arcade Fire released a deluxe edition CD/DVD of The Suburbs on June 27, 2011 (everywhere except the U.S. and Canada). The American and Canadian versions were released on August 2, 2011, to coincide with the original album's anniversary. The new version included two brand new tracks recorded during The Suburbs album sessions ("Culture War" and "Speaking in Tongues", the latter featuring David Byrne), an extended version of album track "Wasted Hours", Spike Jonze's short film, Scenes from the Suburbs, and an 80-page booklet as well as other exclusive content.

Wikipedia

Rating

3.69

Votes

3669

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
Reviews
Like a review? Give it a thumb up to help us display relevant reviews!
View Author
1

second album by this band on this... and i can safely say that they're fucking boring. just meandering, meaningless shit. it just doesn't end, but it also never goes anywhere. what a load of crap. fuck off. 1/5.

👍
View Author
5

Definitely a fave. So many great tracks, this album makes me feel lots of things

👍
View Author
5

An emotionally dense concept album that threatens to collapse under the weight of its own ambition - the mid section of the album drags a little - but there’s no denying the quality of the anthems in this work. At its peak it’s absolutely stunning.

👍
View Author
5

Was underwhelmed the first time I listened to it, but it has eventually become my favorite Arcade Fire album

👍
View Author
5

This album is a masterpiece in my opinion. I ruddy love it. It gives me a very specific feeling when I listen to it and I feel like I have this exact picture of the whole album as a concept. Might be a load of rubbish though. Sprawl II is my favourite Arcade Fire song.

👍
View Author
4

I still remember when this album came out, how much noise it made in the indie rock community, and the major stir it caused in the mainstream community by winning a Best Album Grammy. Back in 2010 when I listened to this, I didn't appreciate this album, nor understand the hype around it, so I was excited to listen again all these years later with ears that have expanded and developed their tastes. This time around, I enjoyed the album a lot more. This is yet another album that is best enjoyed as an album, and not as singles. It makes good use of storytelling and the songs have good ups and downs and mixed tempos to keep things from feeling stale. This time around, I'm happy to say this album resonated with me and is exactly what I have come to enjoy about indie rock.

👍
View Author
5

Arcade Fire perfectly encapsulates an aesthetic of the suburban dread that most modern Americans experience. Not only that, but sonically they found a sound that uniquely identifies them as major players in the 2010s indie rock scene two albums after their first.

👍
View Author
5

Well, what a JOY that was. Really loved it. Arcade Fire are such a brilliant band. Weirdly one song went a bit ABBA at one point I thought, but I liked that about it. Such epic optimistic music - always puts you in a good mood. would love to see them like at some point

👍
View Author
5

I am listening this album for years. Brilliant.

👍
View Author
5

who wants to start an arcade fire?

👍
View Author
5

Gostei muito desse álbum, principalmente ready to start.

👍
View Author
5

Love Arcade Fire. Their 4 album run from Funeral - Reflektor includes some of my most formative music. When this album came out I think I likely ranked it 4th out of those 4 album (Funeral #1, Neon Bible #2, Reflecktor #3) but it seemed much stronger on this listen. Made me very nostalgic for guitar driven indie rock. Ready to Start is the clear highlight, but all of the first 3 songs are bangers. 4.5/5

👍
View Author
5

Remember being a kid in the summer of year two thousand something? That's what this album sounds like

👍
View Author
5

I’ll never forget how baffled my famil was when this won album of the year

👍
View Author
5

uh, WOW. this has got to be one of my favorites so far. i can tell that repeated listenings can only enhance my enjoyment of this album, and i am going to listen to other music by arcade fire, too. this is definitely an album to be enjoyed fully. the singles are definitely good and stand out, but the album was created to listened to as it is. the variety of instruments and sounds! the flare from the classical music influence, the different impact coming from two vocalists, it's all wonderful.

👍
View Author
5

Brilliant album.

👍
View Author
5

Much maligned due to its predecessors. I still love it. Really stands up. Less bangers and more a feeling!

👍
View Author
5

El Hadra El 5amsa Me Rbo3 Etheleth Is Done. Good Days When It Comes To Work, It Just Started Paying. Thank You Lord

👍
View Author
5

This is not Arcade Fire's best album, but it is their most focused and complete. Nothing quite captures the despairing ennui of suburban life quite like The Suburbs. It's critical, of course - "dead shopping malls rise like mountains beyond mountains" isn't the most singable line, but they make it sound sickly sweet - but there are also touches of nostalgia (We Used to Wait and Rococo) to balance out the despair (City with No Children. among others) and outright panic (Month of May). It's a successful concept album that's more than the sum of its parts, but the parts are damn good to start with. Best track: Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

👍
View Author
5

Probably my favorite arcade fire album

👍
View Author
5

28th March 2022 Listened throughout the day working in the front room. Went to the cinema for screen unseen which turned out to be the novice. Jen hated it. What a record. Big, intimate, sprawling look at small town life. Arcade arguably at the peak of their powers.

👍
View Author
5

This is my favorite Arcade Fire album!

👍
View Author
5

Good stuff

👍
View Author
5

5* One of the best albums of the 2000's. The deceptive easiness of the songs will give up their depth after a few listens. City With No Children is a truly amazing song

👍
View Author
5

Great vibes

👍
View Author
5

A seemingly post-apocalyptic look at my own childhood in a Texas suburb. Post-rock in places, indie-rock in others. 6/5 stars for this one. This album made me miss a place that I had forgotten that I forgot.

👍
View Author
5

I, too, hate suburban sprawl and the lack of identity that capitalism ingrains into every aspect of our culture.

👍
View Author
5

Gave me The Smiths energy and also Sprawl II ???? A bop

👍
View Author
5

Probably my favourite of their albums. They performed it brilliantly live. SHACK'S wet dream....but with fewer kids obviously. ...the big silly nonce.

👍
View Author
5

Don't play with fire or like me you could end up with a disgustingly disfigured penis. It's like a half melted candle. But not a thick one, a weedy kids' birthday cake one. Children are still allowed to blow on it and make a wish if they like.

👍
View Author
5

Man this was a ride listening to today. This album came out when I was finishing university and had no idea what to do next with my life. I was in that period where I was working full time and moving up at work, but still had so much free time and was still hanging around my hometown. I picked it up again in 2011 after they won the Grammy, and I was travelling around the country for work. My interpretation of The Suburbs is all about nostalgia trying to get back home. I think this was my most played album of theirs and I could likely recite every word from it. Now more than 10 years later I come to this album happily married, with a mortgage living in the suburbs with a cat and a job I’ve been at for 6 years. Then I had shaggy hair, now I’m contemplating shaving off what hair I have left. The nostalgia is so potent for that period in my life right before I became a real adult but more importantly before I had any real responsibilities. The Suburbs is looking back even further than the era I’m nostalgic for; before cell phones and the internet. When communication mead weight even when it’s inane. When we went on adventures and explored our surroundings. Had stupid conversations and acted smarter than we were. Is this their best album? Funeral I can’t get through without tearing up. Reflector is real messy but has I think their strongest songs. The Suburbs though does the best job of creating a mood and tapping into a feeling. I think with the benefit of hindsight I think the argument could be made this is the definitive Millennial rock album. Like Nevermind for Gen X or Sour by Olivia Rodrigo will be for Gen Z. It’s so of it’s time and has only grown in power in the decade since.

👍
View Author
5

I honestly don't know how they captured the feeling of drinking a cold Fanta while watching the sunset during the first day of summer break in musical form, but they did. I'm a sucker for this kind of "sad nostalgia". Sure worked on me, and I'm not even from the suburbs.

👍
View Author
5

Love this record. Start to finish it is great. Favorite son is Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains). Reminds me of growing up and nails the aprehension I feel for my children's future. It's nostalgia and dread all at once but in the best way. Technology and development are changing the world from what we grew up in to an uncertain future and no assurances of our place in it.

👍
View Author
5

Nice and chill

👍
View Author
5

Loved this! Amazing album 10/10

👍
View Author
5

Nostalgique moi ? serieusement ^^ haha on me l avait pas sor

👍
View Author
5

I distinctly remember disliking this at the time, but I have no idea what was wrong with me, it's a masterpiece. Epic soundscape, full of emotion, builds through the whole thing. What a fool I was to have missed out on this for so long!

👍
View Author
5

This is one of my favorite albums ever. I used to hate it when it first came out. Compared to Neon Bible and Funeral, I thought it was boring and overly long. But it really grew on me and now it's one of my favorites. The opening run of songs is fantastic and Sprawl II is in the top 5 Arcade Fire songs of all time.

👍
View Author
5

Majestic album, really hard to not like Arcade Fire.

👍
View Author
4

it was very good I like it a lot. I was very impressed. it was just a little bit long so I got a little bored.

👍
View Author
4

Superb.

👍
View Author
4

I already know and love this album too, but hey, we're gonna listen to it again. Wasn't this the album that Arcade Fire won over some pop stars and people were up in arms? "Who is this Arcade Fire and how did they beat my waifu????"

👍
View Author
4

<3

👍
View Author
4

Arkadna vatra. Odličan album, ujedno su se s tim albumom pomirili da više neće raditi općenito kvalitetne albume ko što su do tad.

👍
View Author
4

Nikad nisam slušala arcade fire ali ovaj album je probudio moj interes

👍
View Author
4

A great album that truly acts as a single work, rather than a bunch of singles.

👍
View Author
4

I really enjoyed this so I think it ought to get a 4*

👍
View Author
4

Arcade Fire are not afraid to try new things with their sound and I love them for that, but it's not always what I want from them. The suburbs really just expanded and matured their vibe from The Funeral (which is an album I will always hold special to me). The Suburbs really blew them into the stratosphere and allowed them to grow into the indie powerhouse they were becoming, but they'll always be the goofs rollicking around in football helmets in the small 2-300 cap club I first saw them in...

👍
View Author
4

Indie

👍
View Author
4

Decent indie rock album with varied styles and influences.

👍
View Author
4

A grand, layered, and spiraling next step in the band's sound. It is epic for sure, and an excellent album, but it does make me miss a bit of the fire and homegrown feel I heard in their debut.

👍
View Author
4

I absolutely loved listening to this, not even a particularly huge fan of arcade fire but this brought be so much joy

👍
View Author
4

REALLY enjoyed listening to this. I love Arcade Fire and this album makes a real statement IMO. They make some crazy sounds, keep it interesting and exciting throughout Sprawl II towards the end is a great vibe for example. I felt a big mixture of things from this album and I liked it. Perfect length too.

👍
View Author
4

Some great tracks, could have been a shorter 5 star album though.

👍
View Author
4

JANUARY 19TH "kids wanna be so hard but in my dreams we're stil screamin' and runnin' through the yard and all of the walls that they built in the 70s finally fall and all of the houses they build in the 70s finally fall meant nothing at all." track 1 gave me the feeling this album would be very "I'd come back if I was bored." and track 2 confirmed it. "I wish that I could have loved you then before our age was through." "our heads are just houses without enough windows they say you hear human voices but they only echo." "month of may, it's a violent thing." for sure. it's taurus/gemini season. "you started a war that we can't win." is prob my favourite lyric. I have the feeling I'm gonna come back to this album every time I have a life crisis and reminisce about the old days. it gives me the smiths and the killers vibes. 8,5/10

👍
View Author
4

Have always liked these guys’ works, and this is no exception. Not quite as on fire as some of their others, but enough heat to barbecue a turd fisher’s catch

👍
View Author
4

while Ready to start is my favorite arcade fire song, I can't give this a 5 if I gave Funeral one. It is a really good album though.

👍
View Author
4

Killer Start, wird mittendrin etwas schwächer, daher nur eine 4.

👍
View Author
4

More of a rock leaning to this album than their usual orchestral swells; though these are still there - like walking into a cathedral in a pair of crocs. I lived in the suburbs. It didn't sound anything like this. Best Tracks: The Suburbs; Ready To Start; Modern Man

👍
View Author
4

2/7/22 I liked most songs. I think this is an album that would really grow on me if I kept listening to it! I appreciate the indie vibes. The album gets better with each song. The few I didn’t really care for was mainly because their rhyme structure Favorite song: Sprawl 2

👍
View Author
4

A really solid album overall that feels weirdly nostalgic. A few favorites were Sprawl II, City with No Children, and Half Light II. Would listen again.

👍
View Author
4

Listened to on 2/7/22 4.5/5 Favorite songs: The Suburbs and Wasted Time We finally got something that wasn’t from the 60s and wow was it so much better. This album was so good and accurately depicts what growing up in the suburbs is like. I would highly recommend and enjoyed listening to it!

👍
View Author
4

When Funeral came out it was a revelation for me. A band from my home town the darlings of Indie rock. And man was that album good! Up there with The Aeroplane Over The Sea and suddenly Montreal was the epicenter of Indie rock, mentioned in the same breath as Austin and Atgens and dare I say...Seattle. fast forward a few years and The Suburbs cones and say what...a Grammy award? Really? But is The Suburbs as good as Funeral? No, but it's fucking close. The titles track that opens up the album is everything good about Arcade Fire ... soaring melodies, toe tapping beat and beautiful, personal, poignant lyrics. There's really very little let up throughout the album. Modern Man, Rococo, Half Light, Speaking in Tongues all fantastic songs. 4.5 🌟

👍
View Author
4

good, unexpected gem of an album.

👍
View Author
4

gostei sim :)

👍
View Author
4

This is definitely an improvement on the debut which was on the list not very long ago. I wondered why I would get multiple albums from them but this seems like a breakthrough of sorts, certainly unique, at times catchy, with a lot of talent.

👍
View Author
4

Grew on me through multiple listens. Some lovely tracks in there.

👍
View Author
4

solid album

👍
View Author
4

Good

👍
View Author
4

Indie rock que no está mal. Venga, un 4.

👍
View Author
4

Most of my listening experience swung between "hey, not bad" and "actually this is pretty good". Then Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) came on and completely blew me away. An absolutely phenomenal piece of music which really elevates the album as a whole.

👍
View Author
4

This and a few other albums started the multi-instrument folk rock band revolution. Good stuff.

👍
View Author
4

J’ai une préférence pour Funeral, mais la progression Funeral, Néon Bible et Suburbs (et même Reflektor) est parfaite. Pièce préférée: Rococo

👍
View Author
4

Enfin un album écoutable! J'aime bien les arrangements de cordes de Owen Palet Les tones de drums et guits sont cool J'aime bien le beat croche de modern man Rococo me tombait sur les nerfs avant mais it grew on me et maintenant je l'aime bien Bonnes chansons bien construite, bien arrangée, progressions d'accords surprenantes. J'écoute quand même souvent cet album si on pouvait mettre des demi étoile j'aurais mis 4.5

👍
View Author
4

03/22/2022 Such a great album. Soooo close to a 5-star rating.

👍
View Author
4

Probably their best album

👍
View Author
4

i can sort of remember listening to "Funeral" about a year ago. the style and sound of this album feels quite similar but i can tell "Funeral" is my favorite between the two. both albums are quite good, but Arcade Fire just doesn't get better than "Funeral". this album is still fantastic though

👍
View Author
4

High school nostalgia. Love wasted hours

👍
View Author
4

Cool album

👍
View Author
4

Minneapolis Nostalgia (the current!). Sprawl II major highlight

👍
View Author
4

There was a brief period from like 2008-2012 when literally all music sounded like this. And I'm totally a sucker for it.

👍
View Author
4

🔥

👍
View Author
4

Rococo and We Used To Wait are the high points of a brilliant album. Definite vinyl purchase down the line.

👍
View Author
4

The Arcade Fire: growing up in the suburbs can be alienating at times. Aging Gen-Xers as they start to make up the majority of the Grammy voting body: holy shit yes

👍
View Author
4

Super nice album. I wish I had gotten into this thing when it was released but somehow it passed me by. Really quality songwriting throughout and very relatable lyrics about find your identity in a world that can quickly push people into a box growing up. 8/10

👍
View Author
4

Great band. Not sure why this album made the list and not one of their previous two but whatever. Still enjoyed it.

👍
View Author
4

In suburbs, in the bushes by a children's boating lake in a park I once saw SHACK clad only in a grimace and his mother's fishnet tights furiously reciting Othello in a menacing mumble. He's an actor now darling. I am reminded of this stark image when listening to this album and I think it speaks more to the music's essence than I ever could.

👍
View Author
4

Chulo, no me lo esperaba asi

👍
View Author
4

Standout track: "Month of May"

👍
View Author
4

I like this album very much. I have been listening it for years. I was the way a learned to appreciate the Arkade Fire's work. For moments, I find it disturbing. But always I find it melancholic, with a touch of sadness.

👍
View Author
4

Indie rock que no está mal. Venga, un 4.

👍
View Author
4

This record continues to grow on me all these years later.

👍
View Author
4

I've been unfair to Arcade Fire. Based on this album, they are not what I thought they were. They are outside of my wheelhouse these days, but in my other life, when I was listening to Morrissey, The Smiths, Beautiful South, etc this would've been one of my favorite albums.

👍
View Author
4

One of my fav albums from high school. I think it can be bloated at times, but some tracks are timeless. Ready to start, half life II, wasted hours, we used to wait, and sprawl II are the favorites. Usually come back to it at least once a year.

👍
View Author
4

Celkem 🔥. 7,5/10

👍
View Author
4

Something about this album makes me so happy. I loved it the moment I first heard it, and every re-listening experience delights me. Everything feels right about this recording--every groove, every moment of passion, from "Modern Man" to the illimitable and unassailable "Sprawl II". Is the album over-dramatic? Yes, of course, in spots, but for me that's part of its charm. Searching for a place in the modern world, a world dominated by the lifelessness, the creative barrenness, of the suburbs. It's weird... this is kind of a coming-of-age album, but only kinda, as if it's being sung in retrospective, for the point of view is very much an adult one considering the futility of continued human generation. Ambition has rarely been more captivating than the magic caught on this album.

👍
View Author
4

I have listened to this one many times. Good album.

👍
View Author
4

I enjoyed this quite a bit. Very nice melodies, though I didn't pay close attention to the lyrics as much. Some of these songs really stick in your head for a while, and I'm here for it. Anyway, I'll come back again.

👍
View Author
4

Something I would have listened to often when I was in high school.

👍
View Author
4

Wonderful and unique. Terrific band. Good albums.

👍
View Author
4

Decent

👍
View Author
4

deras musik är verkligen så bra?

👍
View Author
4

I’m a weird Arcade Fire fan. I know and love the basic hits, and my favorite album is Reflektor. It’s time to finally listen to the Suburbs while living in one. The eponymous opener is a catchy yet slightly haunting tune about the tension between kids and their parents as well as the tension between a bubble-like suburban neighborhood and the real world. I listened to this record as I cleaned the house, so I didn’t do an extremely close listen. I did, however, hear many songs I enjoyed and I recognize that I should definitely listen again! The mix of Depeche Mode and Neil Young, as Win Butler himself characterizes this record, accomplishes this wistful atmosphere (again reflecting the experiences within the suburb). Humble melodies and evolving arrangements make for something that is pleasing easy listening as well as something to be musically and literarily analyzed. I’m going to give this album a four — I like it very much but it doesn’t have the effect that some of the other 5’s have! Excited to listen again!

👍
View Author
4

Feels slightly dated now but still a great album

👍
View Author
3

closer to a 3.5

👍
View Author
3

Theatrical. It's not bad and I like the unique instrumentation that pops up but holy hell is it long. I imagine it's telling a story but I zoned out here and there. At least I have a reason to be so lukewarm on Arcade Fire now. Favorite tracks: "The Suburbs", "Deep Blue"

👍
View Author
3

Välillä ihan lepposaa menoa ja ymmärrettävissä laaja menestys, mutta ei kyllä helli kummemmin omaa makua joten 2,5*

👍
View Author
3

For some reason I never got into these mid-2000's "indie rock" bands. They're a bit too pretty for me - maybe there isn't enough puck rock influence musically, even if some of the ethos is there otherwise (hence the "indie" label). They never seem to actually rock to me. This is a bit of a chore for me to get through if I'm being honest. A little boring but not terrible. Just ok.

👍
View Author
3

Fairly bog standard stuff. Modern Man stood out everytime it came around though.

👍
View Author
3

The suburbs doesn’t need to sound this adventurous

👍
View Author
3

I'm not a fan of Arcade Fire. I realize that is a massive album for a lot of people, but I just couldn't get into it. With that said, it's a really well done and well paced album.

👍
View Author
3

Ausser dass es weder 2 noch 4 Sterne sind, sondern 3, gäbe es noch zu sagen, dass viele Songs zu lang sind (ausgerechnet der erste Song ist bereits zu lang, was ich vom Standpunkt der Vermarktung für nicht nachvollziehbar halte) und auch das Album ist insgesamt überflüssig lang.

👍
View Author
3

Interesting but I'm not sure how memorable it will really be

👍
View Author
3

booo, boooo!

👍
View Author
3

Oh AF. The debut blew my mind, hit me emotionally hard. The second a little less so but a majestic release. By The Surburbs I feel little of the vibe that carried the first two albums. The opener is solid, but as the rest it feels like a pastiche of themselves. It's solid and perfectly listenable but really goes nowhere.

👍
View Author
3

Very cool.

👍
View Author
3

3.5

👍
View Author
3

Excellent album. I was dubious about Arcade Fire when I read some of the music press reports and reviews. But I found that the album was just 'different' to other releases around that time. Well worth listening to.

👍
View Author
3

NOSTALGIA Inspired by their upbringing in a suburb of Houston, Texas. Nostalgia. Did it worked on me? Yes, because I also have my own experiences of living in a suburban area. Some elements of '80s synthpop and '90s alt-rock all mixed with the notably soft and indie rock sound. Nostalgia. I think this IS what nostalgia sounds like. Bittersweet, but it's just a sugar coating that covers the fact that it was just a mundane experience in a freaking suburb. This album nailed that character of nostalgia. It's boring, but the sounds and the instrumental build-ups create this sweet nostalgia flavor. Album cover of a generic photo of a suburban scene. Edited so it looks like faded and unreal, yet familiar at the same time. Nostalgia. Perfect album cover, it tells us that nostalgia lies. And perhaps that's why it sounds and feels so sweet. Overall, it's basically a nostalgia album. It worked on me most of the time, because again, I have my own suburban experiences. But I think other people who never lived in a suburban area, or even anyone who observed the sound closely, will see this album's sound naked: a boring indie rock sound.

👍
View Author
3

Varios discos de Arcade Fire me gustan en su conjunto y brillan en temas concretos. Este disco es también así: Ready to start o City with no children. La cuestión es que tenía muy buen recuerdo de este album pero ahora me ha parecido bien pero no notable. Hay que escucharlo y es imprescindible pero no algo increíble.

👍
View Author
3

Best Song: Rococo. I really like the way he plays with the stresses on the syllables of the word "rococo" to generate rhythm in the chorus. Worst Song: Wasted Hours. Sleepy song that sounds like old blues standard instrumentals. Not a terrible song, but doesn't fit with the rest of the album. Overall: Well-produced, thoughtful, stylish indie rock-pop? It's definitely very well done, but still ends up feeling somewhat heartless to me.

👍
View Author
3

The songs that were overplayed on every indie radio station a decade ago. The music is pretty good but gahh have I heard it too much.

👍
View Author
3

Definitely a good piece of art with a cohesive sound and some great songs. Month of May is my favorite for sure, and not just for nostalgic reasons. I didn't love or get lost in the album, and part of it felt very dreary.

👍
View Author
3

I've never given Arcade Fire a shot despite them being all the rage back when I was in highschool...and this is dope, great album to have on.

👍
View Author
3

Okay, this may be an unpopular opinion, but I didn’t love today’s album. I guess I’ve never listened to an Arcade Fire album all the way through, and while I’ve considered myself a casual fan in the past (have some of their songs on playlists, etc.) and am impressed by their multi-instrumentality…I thought this album was pretty boring to listen to. After the first few songs it just all sounded pretty much the same to me. So, there you have it. A person who didn’t like the 2011 Grammy-winning Album of the Year

👍
View Author
3

Cet album est excellent. C’est un peu long par contre. J’étais prêt à passer à autre chose avant que ce ne soit terminé. Le band a un son caractéristique et Will Butler a une façon propre à lui d’écrire des tounes. Ce n’est pas mon AF favoris.

👍
View Author
3

Didn't hate it but didn't love it either.

👍
View Author
3

Pretty lovely and a good trip down memory lane - but it’s a bit overlong - I’ve started to a appreciate a compact album - although this one is actually quite engaging throughout. It would be a 4 star were it a quarter shorter

👍
View Author
3

Arcade Fire is FINE

👍
View Author
3

Starts off strong then gets dull pretty quickly.

👍
View Author
3

Ok. Overrated.

👍
View Author
3

Pretty good. Enjoyable listen.

👍
View Author
3

decent scran

👍
View Author
3

Great band

👍
View Author
3

all a bit dull. i don't understand what it's doing on this list. i get their debut album as it was very different when it was released and stuck out, but this is like the first album with the corners knocked off, like restarting a computer in safe mode. pretty boring.

👍
View Author
3

A bit whiney for me

👍
View Author
3

Hmm... Not too bad but not for my taste...

👍
View Author
3

Fine, fairly generic indie rock. But they do it well.

👍
View Author
3

Yea it's OK, I liked that other album of theirs more

👍
View Author
3

A very generous 3 based on the beginning and end of the album being excellent. The less said about the middle portion the better. A real shit sandwich

👍
View Author
3

I used to really like this album but save for 2 songs it has aged pretty badly. Bland indie rock of early 2010s

👍
View Author
3

Good songs, having some readings about https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indie_rock https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_rock https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baroque_pop

👍
View Author
3

A faded photobook of memories.

👍
View Author
3

je ne suis pas anglophone mais il me semble que ces gars ont un certain intérêt pour les banlieues

👍
View Author
3

Pretty okay

👍
View Author
3

we used to wait - reminds me of running up that hill. 6/10 the suburbs - steady beat. sad. 7/10 modern man - indie rock. relatable. 7.5/10 rococo - probably my fav. strong. 8/10 empty room - car ride rock. 7/10 city with no children - 7.5/10 month of may - a lot of drumming. 6.5/10 wasted hours - nice rhythm. 7.5/10 deep blue - piano. nice dynamics. 7.5/10 sprawl i - kinda sad. giving end of the world movie. 6/10 sprawl ii - livelier. female singer. 7.5/10 half light i - guitar. nice rhythm. 7.5/10 half light ii - 6/10 suburban war - 6.5/10

👍
View Author
3

Nice

👍
View Author
3

I think I’ve already covered this band twice: I just don’t get the hype, it’s unremarkable alternative rock to my ears, about a decade late to claim any innovation in sound. This similarly didn’t do anything much for me. I didn’t hate it at all but nothing stood out.

👍
View Author
3

This is the third album by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire. It debuted at number 1 on the US Billboard 200 charts as well as the Irish Albums chart, the UK Albums chart, & the Canadian Albums chart. Then in 2011 The Suburbs won the Grammy for Album of Year. This Arcade Fire album is considered to be their masterpiece. The indie rock music was spiced with a sense of nostalgia, but also future dread. Listening to it was like pain and pleasure, loss and hope. The album had mass appeal, and was also an ambitious reach for fame and fortune. I liked this album, but perhaps not as much as the average indie rock listener.

👍
View Author
3

It was ok, I guess. Nothing stand out. Pleasant enough but not something I would go back to.

👍
View Author
3

Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) is far and away the highlight of this album. It’s dark and synthy, my kind of jam. It reminds me of The Dø, who are definitely worth checking out…Shake, Shook, Shaken is a great place to start. The key to this song being elevated, other than the dark synthiness, is that Régine Chassagne sings lead. Her voice is great. Win’s voice is fine but not on Régine’s level. I’ve had Funeral for a while and listened to it many times. It stayed on later editions of the 1001 list while this album got cut. Right call, amongst the Arcade Fire albums at least. Anyway, I brought up Funeral because I like the vocals a lot. Sampling Funeral again for this review, I noticed that they used more effects than this album, which worked better with that musical style.

👍
View Author
2

Dull, too long, got bored of it before the halfway point and realised there was still over 30 minutes left. Really not my style and this album clearly influenced a lot of other stuff I don’t like from the 2010s.

👍
View Author
2

Kind of boring but some ok stuff.

👍
View Author
2

I just do not care for indie rock. I do not know what the big deal of this album is either. It is not the worst album on the list but there is no need to listen to it again.

👍
View Author
2

2/5 Wasn't a very big fan, don't mind arcade fire but this just wasn't my thang.

👍
View Author
2

I really like Arcade Fire and I actually felt disappointed. The album felt monotone which is not what I expected from them. I wasn’t familiar with this album as a whole, just a few songs—and admittedly not my favorites. I wouldn’t venture to saying it is a bad album. It just wasn’t interesting. Not even from a manspreading perspective.

👍
View Author
2

Too generic for my pallet.

👍
View Author
2

I didn't know this singer. No bad but it's the kind of music I don't heard.

👍
View Author
2

Meh. Not a fan really. Early 2010s hipster drivel.

👍
View Author
2

3 stars? ug these songs are so boring might be 2 stars.

👍
View Author
2

A bit something and nothing.

👍
View Author
2

very meh

👍
View Author
2

I wouldn’t actively seek out this album, but I enjoyed having it on in the background. I couldn’t make out the lyrics over the instruments, but that could’ve been because of the speaker I was using. I might have enjoyed it more if I could’ve understood the lyrics.

👍
View Author
2

Ok

👍
View Author
2

Eh it was alright, only liked a couple of tracks.

👍
View Author
1

eh, I tried to like it but not a single song on this album really stood out to me.

👍
View Author
1

Quite boring

👍
View Author
1

Awful

👍
View Author
1

In 2010 I was a 32 year old, divorced, poor, single mother of a kindergartener. If I had been a teenager in 2010, I think I would have liked this album. As it it, meh.

👍
View Author
1

Arcade Fire again? Why? WHY? Well I'll give them credit, their music does capture the malaise of suburban life. This album reaffirmed a few things for me. 1) I don't like the suburbs. 2) I don't like music about the suburbs. 3) I sure as hell don't like Arcade Fire

👍