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
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.
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.
who wants to start an arcade fire?
Definitely a fave. So many great tracks, this album makes me feel lots of things
Was underwhelmed the first time I listened to it, but it has eventually become my favorite Arcade Fire album
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.
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.
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.
There was a brief period from like 2008-2012 when literally all music sounded like this. And I'm totally a sucker for it.
I once followed a meme page that actively hated Arcade Fire
A bit whiney for me
Too generic for my pallet.
I didn't know this singer. No bad but it's the kind of music I don't heard.
Are you fucking kidding me? Arcade Fire is boring garbage. I'm so sick of getting generated two star albums.
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.
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
I am listening this album for years. Brilliant.
Gostei muito desse álbum, principalmente ready to start.
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
Remember being a kid in the summer of year two thousand something? That's what this album sounds like
I’ll never forget how baffled my famil was when this won album of the year
Much maligned due to its predecessors. I still love it. Really stands up. Less bangers and more a feeling!
El Hadra El 5amsa Me Rbo3 Etheleth Is Done. Good Days When It Comes To Work, It Just Started Paying. Thank You Lord
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)
Probably my favorite arcade fire album
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.
This is my favorite Arcade Fire album!
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
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.
I, too, hate suburban sprawl and the lack of identity that capitalism ingrains into every aspect of our culture.
Gave me The Smiths energy and also Sprawl II ???? A bop
Probably my favourite of their albums. They performed it brilliantly live. SHACK'S wet dream....but with fewer kids obviously. ...the big silly nonce.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nice and chill
Loved this! Amazing album 10/10
Nostalgique moi ? serieusement ^^ haha on me l avait pas sor
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!
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.
Majestic album, really hard to not like Arcade Fire.
I think Arcade Fire's "Funeral" is one of the best debut albums of the 2000s. And of course, it is notoriously hard for bands to deliver lauded follow-ups to much-buzzed-about debuts. Arcade Fire came close to dispelling the curse of the sophomore slump with "Neon Bible." In fact, in terms of sales and acclaim, there was no dip. But "Funeral" was almost impossible to follow. "Neon Bible" still has an amazing start with "Black Mirror" and "Keep the Car Running," and "No Cars Go" is also terrific, but nothing in between really stands out in the way that "Funeral" was consistently terrific throughout. Their third album, "The Suburbs," solidified Arcade Fire as one of the best of their era. Like "Neon Bible" and to some extent "Funeral," "The Suburbs" is not quite a concept album - maybe a thematic album? I'm not sure I know of any band that built three straight albums around interesting conceptual themes the way Arcade Fire did. I don't really know how to describe Arcade Fire's music or what I like about it so much. It's evocative? Lyrically beautiful? Passionate and intense without being loud and brash? They weave together many different instruments without anything ever seeming out of place. They use a secondary lead singer with a very different voice and style sparingly and almost always in ways and places that fit the progression of the album. They seem to deeply mean and feel their music. Does any of this make sense? As a full album, I think I've listened to "Funeral" and "The Suburbs" more than any other album released this century? "Reflektor" (#4) and "Everything Now" (#5) didn't quite hit the same for me, and I've only listened to the whole thing a couple times each. But maybe I should give them another chance as I listen to "Funeral" and "The Suburbs" and recall how wonderful they are? Their newest, "WE," I have not listened to in full yet. From what I've heard, it may be more uneven, with highs ("Unconditional (Lookout Kid)" is fantastic) and lows ("Age of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole)" is kind of insufferable). Has Arcade Fire's output faded over time? Is it impossible to maintain the kind of consistency they had early in their career? Regardless, with three standout albums and great songs sprinkled through three more, they earned a place as one of the best bands of the 21st century.
This is a fabulous album. The driving beats and the excellent guitar work perfectly tuned to the vocals all combine for an absolute smash. Something about this music makes me feel comfortable and at home in my skin. I'm so psyched to go see two nights of AF later this year!
This is such a great record and easily my favourite from Arcade Fire. It's lyrically very tight and works great as a front to back album. It potrays the feeling of being stuck in the suburban sprawl and yearning to escape and be something greater but still loving home anyway because it's what you know. Musically it's energetic and danceable and the production is very clear. They really nail the Arcade Fire formula here with great tension building and larger than life moments. Easy 5 for me.
I had somehow managed to never listen to an Arcade Fire song, so this was a great introduction. I really adored the color and arrpeggiation of the chords and the interweaving of various instruments and styles. The reviews really hype up the lyrics so I'll have to listen again in order to grasp them. The mixing initially bothered me, but my ears got used to it. It was just challenging to have the guitars louder than the vocals.
Ved gjenlytt blir det klart at dette er ett av mine absolutte favorittalbum: det er lyden av sensommer og brytningstid. Tror dette vil stå seg som et såkalt «viktig» album pga. både tematikk («tidsånden») og estetikk (lyden av indierock på 2000-tallet). Klassiker!
Goodie. Didn't know, but glad that i found it.
Really enjoyed this one. The band seems able to write so many catchy hooks and well crafted songs
Stuffy, lively, does not bring misery.
Pretty great day I'm still sorry 5
Mi disco favorito de AF, muy nostálgico para mí y uno que considero de los mejores de la década pasada y de lo que llevamos del siglo,
Literal es el álbum de Arcade Fire que tiene más scrobbles en mi last.fm 9/10
Incredible album from an incredible band. The lyrics, production and instrumentals are wonderful. Admittedly I'm already a huge fan, but I feel like anyone can listen and enjoy this album. It's really disappointing what they released after this album, nothing hit me quite as hard as the first three albums. Hard to believe this was released 12 years ago.
Kam likes so I like
The question is not whether this is worthy of a 5. It is. The only debate is whether it is their greatest album. It is pretty much flawless it is the rare combination of concept album and great music. Saw them recently as they kicked off a world tour. This record still underpins their set list
This album does many things right, but I must highlight the brilliant use of strings on many songs, that wasn't something I expected!
Damn okday the title track is a strong start. Rococo has this big booming stadium sound. and then into Empty Room! what a banger! Sprawl I and II are also great. This album is fabulous, I need to relisten to get a full sounding of it.
Big sprawling and maximalist, just what the doctor ordered.
Just awesome indie rock
Ah, the music of my adolescence
not bad so far. had never listened to arcade fire
A fantastic album
Arcade Fire are titans of the indie rock genre and this album really showcases that. Probably the last time I came close to giving a shit about the Grammys too.
Wow I love this album too!!!!!
Such an amazing and personally important album for me. In 2010 when it came out, we were still in deep recession, I had a one year old son (but if it's too much to ask, send me a son), and I was experiencing parenting in a hyper-vigilant culture in a big city in an underwater house. This album powerfully described all of the above, pulling me into lyrics thick with nostalgia for my feral 1980s childhood "screaming and running through the yard." Of course the suburbs of my childhood had problems too, and this album doesn't shy away from them. The truly poetic lyrics plus driving guitar-heavy rock interspersed with moments of soft pathos and amazing catchy melodies- this album is so freaking addictive. Since getting it as my album I haven't wanted to hear anything else. It ends with this piece of pure poetry and philosophy: If I could have it back, All that time that we wasted, I'd only waste it again. If I could have it back, You know I'd love to waste it again and again and again.
My favourite Arcade Fire album which is a big deal considering their discography. Fantastic
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.
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????"
Arkadna vatra. Odličan album, ujedno su se s tim albumom pomirili da više neće raditi općenito kvalitetne albume ko što su do tad.
Nikad nisam slušala arcade fire ali ovaj album je probudio moj interes
A great album that truly acts as a single work, rather than a bunch of singles.
I really enjoyed this so I think it ought to get a 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...
Decent indie rock album with varied styles and influences.
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.
I absolutely loved listening to this, not even a particularly huge fan of arcade fire but this brought be so much joy
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.
Some great tracks, could have been a shorter 5 star album though.
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
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
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.
Killer Start, wird mittendrin etwas schwächer, daher nur eine 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
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
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.
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!
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 🌟
good, unexpected gem of an album.
gostei sim :)
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.
Grew on me through multiple listens. Some lovely tracks in there.
Indie rock que no está mal. Venga, un 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.
This and a few other albums started the multi-instrument folk rock band revolution. Good stuff.
J’ai une préférence pour Funeral, mais la progression Funeral, Néon Bible et Suburbs (et même Reflektor) est parfaite. Pièce préférée: Rococo
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
03/22/2022 Such a great album. Soooo close to a 5-star rating.
Probably their best album
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
High school nostalgia. Love wasted hours
Minneapolis Nostalgia (the current!). Sprawl II major highlight
Rococo and We Used To Wait are the high points of a brilliant album. Definite vinyl purchase down the line.
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
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
Great band. Not sure why this album made the list and not one of their previous two but whatever. Still enjoyed it.
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.
Chulo, no me lo esperaba asi
Standout track: "Month of May"
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.
Indie rock que no está mal. Venga, un 4.
This record continues to grow on me all these years later.
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.
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.
Celkem 🔥. 7,5/10
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.
I have listened to this one many times. Good album.
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.
Something I would have listened to often when I was in high school.
Wonderful and unique. Terrific band. Good albums.
deras musik är verkligen så bra?
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!
Feels slightly dated now but still a great album
4/5 Reminds me of the Killers sound. Nice mix of clean guitar and complex synth sounds. Modern Man has interesting 4/4 + 5/4 switch up throughout.
Indie rock, 2010. One of the best inde records of the 21st Century and one of the peaks of this band. The album is really solid from the start until the end and the tracklist is just perfect with also a great mood mostly quiet and calm. Both voices during the project fit really well the vibe of the LP, the lyrics are pretty clever and the music is always interesting.
een heel pak beter dan gevreesd eigenlijk. Dat laatste lied kan ik me nog 'ns luisteren
I remember buying this album of the back of We Used to Wait which is a quality tune. The album is pretty decent as well, taking a journey through suburbia and the 'thrills' of city life. I listened to it loads at the time and it's still worth a spin now and then, but can't quite warrant the full five stars as it loses a bit of energy towards the end.
It has 3 really good songs
win butler hijo de putaaa album guay tho
The list keeps getting better and better.
Their passion and commitment are clear and convincing. The playing and arrangements are generally effective and intermittently compelling. The hooks are decent and there are some immersive atmospheres. Varied textures and tempos add to the ride as well. Certainly, the drama builds but one questions whether it builds to any crescendo worth reaching – that is, someplace one would find relatable or sufficiently resonant to merit the effort of the journey. Lyrics remain mostly pedestrian, though with quite a few less howlers than on Funeral, which had many of the same strengths (and weaknesses). Much preferring the National, one just can’t go all the way with AF. It feels like an objective 4, but in terms of personal engagement a 3.
Si 'Funeral' i 'Neon Bible' van sorprendre i els van posar en boca de tothom, amb 'The Suburbs' es van reivindicar com una de les millors bandes de rock alternatiu del nou mil.leni. Un disc doble, en el sentit clàssic del terme, ple de grans cançons, melodies intel.ligents, lletres colpidores i una execució immillorable de tot plegat. Va ser el seu cènit creatiu com a banda (a setembre de 2022 com a mínim)
I prefer the first two records, but We Used to Wait and Suburban War are fabulous.
Love it. I really underestimated this band in the beginning.
My favorite Arcade Fire album. Oddly, I think that Arcade Fire is an acquired taste. I clearly remember not caring for them when I first heard them but I cannot remotely find that feeling anymore. Now, this is damn good. Favorite songs: The Suburbs and We Used to Wait
Bello. Por algún motivo si me hizo muy largo de escuchar
I really like this album. Nice arrangements and performances that are “indie pop” sounding in the positive sense of the term. When they add the strings and extra voices, it creates layers and a depth that are quite compelling. Solid, solid album by a great band. I missed them completely when they were churning out these records but I’m glad this project brought them to my attention.
Loved this one when it came out. Not as big on it now, but Sprawl II still rules.
I thought that this album would be boring, but I was pleasantly surprised. It wouldn't shock me if this greatly influenced the modern indie rock scene. There's even a shoegazey section on this album.
This is an excellent album. The different sounds keep it from being stale, but it still feels connected as a whole. Pretty good
I actually think I underrated this album initially given my high expectations after their first two albums that I liked so much. Pretty good upon revisiting, actually. Standouts: The Suburbs, Ready to Start, Modern Man, Sprawl II
4.4 + A beautifully composed and performed suite of songs themed around growing up in suburbia, complete with AF's flare for channeling nostalgia through a lens of emotional immediacy. Standouts: "Sprawl I" and "Sprawl II", "We Used to Wait", "City with No Children."
Nice album great feeling Varied enough to not get boring, but still a little to long
Very good indie album
Really liked it, would listen to more Arcade Fire but I expect they’ll show up again on here at some point. Shame it’s too long. Why do they keep doing this.
It took me a moment to get into this album, but once I did, it really started to come alive. The music is grandiose if a bit simple, but it is extremely effective. My favorite moments are when the 80s inspired electronic elements and simple driving drumbeat take over turning what could easily be categorized as bland 21st century alternative rock into something a bit more baroque and intriguing. There are some interesting melodies here but the real strength of this album is its cohesiveness and thematic unity. The last third of the album is absolutely stunning. I will need to listen to it again and hopefully the rest will click as well.
If you can separate the artist from the group and this album, the album is phenomenal.
I like this album there are a lot of really good songs. Starts off really well with the title track and only loses momentum after about 5 or 6 songs and only for a couple or three songs then ends really well. It's not Funeral it doesn't have the combination of the grandiose with the innocence of youth that made that album so exciting and fresh. Still a very good album 4 stars
A solid listen, yeah. Archetypal indie rock of a certain flavor. Actually, this has made me realize there's no Decemberists in the list, which seems like a pretty whopping oversight. Not that the Decemberists are particularly like Arcade Fire - I guess I encountered them at a similar time so they're mentally filed close together in my brain? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Fave track - hmmm, could be "Modern Man" or "Month of May" for being upbeat. "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains" with the female vocals is also absolutely lovely, and serves well as an album closer....
Never really paid much attention to Arcade Fire but have always liked what I've heard. Ready to Start is a fave on this album and Rococo kept catching my attention and might need a few more listens to fully understand. But Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) is my absolute favourite.
4.5/5. Controversies aside with their lead singer, this record is one of the most important indie rock albums of all time.
Excellent stuff again. They’re magic I’ll always say it. I struggled with this one because I wanted to give it more than a 4 but I only gave Funeral a 4 and I’m not sure if it’s better than that, so they both get 4.9s.
This is probably my favorite arcade fire album even though they have others that are more popular. This one was a great blend of their orchestra and unique instrumentals mixed with good lyrics and enjoyable Melodies. I could listen to this album several times through as it has many layers and packs so much in it. Definitely one of the better contemporary albums on this list. 8.4/10
Entertaining album without a real highlight but an overall good and enjoyable quality of songs
Not as strong as their previous works, but the band is really growing on me. Some great songs captured in the interesting lyrical theme, with a great sound.
Up there with Funeral. Solid album.
First three AF albums are all recommendable. Funeral: 5. Neon Bible: 4.5. Suburbs: 4. Last album does have a fair share of 5-star songs as well, but it is just hard to take in one go. While the music is excellent, something that does not help are the rather silly lyrics - this holds for all their albums though..
The Suburbs is the second album recommendation from Arcade Fire in this list. I'm still not to the point where I feel like there is an Arcade Fire sized hole that needs filling, but I enjoyed this album. I liked every track, which is impressive for a 16 track album. My favorites were "City with No Children", "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)", "Suburban War", and "The Suburbs". I could easily come back to this album to see what else I might discover on a second listen.
Not my favorite Arcade Fire album, but still solid, captures a certain emotion
closer to a 3.5
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"
Välillä ihan lepposaa menoa ja ymmärrettävissä laaja menestys, mutta ei kyllä helli kummemmin omaa makua joten 2,5*
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.
Fairly bog standard stuff. Modern Man stood out everytime it came around though.
The suburbs doesn’t need to sound this adventurous
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.
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.
Interesting but I'm not sure how memorable it will really be
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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