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Neon Bible

Arcade Fire

2007

Neon Bible

Album Summary

Neon Bible is the second studio album by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire. It was first released on March 5, 2007, in Europe and a day later in North America by Merge Records. Originally announced on December 16, 2006, through the band's website, the majority of the album was recorded at a church the band bought and renovated in Farnham, Quebec. The album is the first to feature drummer Jeremy Gara, and the first to include violinist Sarah Neufeld among the band's core line-up. Neon Bible became Arcade Fire's highest-charting album at the time, debuting on the Billboard 200 at number two, selling 92,000 copies in its first week and more than 400,000 to date. Being released within a month of similarly successful releases by The Shins (Wincing the Night Away) and Modest Mouse (We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank), Neon Bible was cited as an example of the popularization of indie rock. Critics met the self-produced Neon Bible with acclaim. Publications like NME and IGN praised the album for its grandiose nature, while Rolling Stone and Uncut opined that it resulted in a distant and overblown sound.

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Rating

3.48

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4494

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
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Fri Jun 10 2022
5

Så bra album? ett s.k. pangalbum!

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Thu Jun 30 2022
5

Being AF the greatest band of our generation, there is an ongoing discussion about which is their best record. This one, the second of their “holy trinity” has many adepts and you can see why. I read a boomer once, in a review of this record saying he did not get Bowies fascination with the band, for him they were too dramatic and not that gifted when it came to interpreting, I found that quite funny because to me, our beloved Bowie was always more about artistry than virtuosity, to me, the connection he found is quite evident. I love this record and it is a 5/5 even If it only suffices for a third in the rank (which tells you something about the other two) but, who could resists those magnificent transitions, all that palpable emotion? They do know (or at least did back then) how to turn songs around and explode with raw emotion and feels. I think the record starts a bit slow but from the moment Intervention breaks in, it is just one magnificent song after the other, I think I was brought to tears the first time I heard that song, and it happens a lot during the length of the record, that indomitable escalation in the song with those mariachi trumpets in Ocean Of Noise is something I will always get caught up. I’m glad this was part of the soundtrack of my youth, we did know a place were no cars go back then. I think this record was recorded on an abandoned church, I guess that’s how they managed that gigantic sound in My Body is a Cage, I think we will keep finding that song in movies and tv whenever they want to musicalize the climax.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

I like Arcade Fire, don't love them. Intervention is my favorite song on this album, and I like that the whole album sounds like it should be played in concert in a church or cathedral. They did a great job capturing a certain ambience. Probably a 4.5 but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt here.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
5

A classic.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
5

A classic.

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Tue Jul 05 2022
5

the songs really got me. they are all really catchy and artistically pleasing.

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Sat Jul 16 2022
5

One of my favorite albums from my college days. Such an amazing album. It was the first time I'd ever listened to them and I couldn't get enough. Hearing these songs takes me back to college and listening on my iPod while walking around campus. Every song is good on this album and I haven't hear an album of theirs that hits as hard as this one. Instant 5 for me.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

Man… why’d Win Butler have to go and be an abusive asshole? The first three Arcade Fire records are perfect.

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Wed May 25 2022
5

All time great album... lots of hits and the album cuts are top notch. Really wish I would've seen this band in concert around this era. Not a bad song on this album.

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Fri May 27 2022
5

My Body is a Cage and it's Ready

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Tue Jul 05 2022
5

Hieno bändi. Lyriikoissa on jotain Nick Cave -tyylistä voimaa ja nasevuutta, vaikkei nyt sen tason solistia olekaan. Ja mikä parasta, levyt on eheitä kokonaisuuksia ja hieno kaari tässäkin (okei bändin uusimmista levyistä en tiedä). Varmaan tämmöisen kliinisoundisen nollari-indien terävin vetonaula. Ei ihan bändin paras levy, mutta annetaan silti 5/5, kun tätäkin on elämässä tullut tyytyväisenä kulutettua. 4,5/5 ehkä lähempänä.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

I had listened to a fair amount of this one before but it was nice. Very classic Arcade Fire but a sound I am familiar with. It didn't gutpunch me.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
5

Arcade Fire's first three albums are a holy trinity of indie rock music, and while I couldn't definitively say which is my absolute favourite, "Neon Bible" stands out as the most grandiose. It's bleak but beautiful, orchestral but modern, has something important to say but doesn't drown you in its message - a skill Arcade Fire has unfortunately lost in their more recent releases. There isn't a bad song on this album; in fact, there isn't even a song that is merely 'good'. Every song is either great, or total perfection ("Keep the Car Running", "No Cars Go" and "My Body Is a Cage", to name just a few of the latter). Along with "Funeral" and "The Suburbs", I still listen to this album very often, and I suspect that won't change for as long as I continue to enjoy music. Standout tracks: Every single song on this album is a standout. There's nothing here worth skipping, from start to finish.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

Good album

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

5* stonking album Always assumed it predated Funeral. Cover art 3/5

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

A sad album - Keith Also something about a 30ft hotdog Average day but good talks, feeling a little wobble. Great run.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

Thur Aug 18

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

The album is an absolute favorite, and recently. Their careful blend of music and vocals achieves the kind of balance that makes for a complete experience. To say this is a perfect album would be a bit much, but it does have a sense of delicateness where if you add more of a single element, or take away some of another, this balance quite obviously would be disrupted somehow. The completeness is the real draw here, a supreme satisfaction at the end of a listen.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

What a shitty day I'm so sorry

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

I forgot how good this album was!

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

really good obviously I liked Funeral more but this is still pretty great 9/10

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

5/5 Bester Song: my body is a Cage Sehr Strong Gibt mir richtig gute vibes

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

Het wordt niet beter dan dit!

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

I am not really an indie fan, but this album was fantastic. The Springsteen-esque lyricism and delivery came out strong with the very interesting style of rock, fast in tempo, heavy in synth and guitar effects, with a underlying folk style as well. Production is clearly indie but the album is scaled at something much larger. 5/5!

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

I love it. I used to think it was one of their worst albums but it has really grown on me

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Sat Oct 22 2022
5

Amazing album.

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Sat Oct 22 2022
5

a thing of beauty, a masterpiece.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
5

Solid

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Sun Oct 30 2022
5

My favorite AF record

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

Stunning 4.5+/5

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

Third Arcade Fire album and once again it has exceeded my expectations

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Tue Nov 08 2022
5

Really good. Go and see them live if you get a chance.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

I must admit, I started this album expecting a really bad, cringy, Imagine Dragons like band. Although it had some of that Imagine Dragons sound (you could tell Imagine Dragons were influenced by these guys), this album must have been ten to thirty times better than anything Imagine Dragons have ever put out. I especially liked Keep the Car Running, Intervention, Ocean of Noise, and My Body is a Cage. Overall, a surprisingly good album from a genre I've mostly ignored, and band I hadn't heard until now.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

Before they journeyed down through the suburbs, reflecting on their statuses whilst questioning the pervasive consequences of technology on life, love, society and families, Arcade Fire were looking down the neon bible, plotting one foot in the mainstream and one foot out of the increasingly acknowledged indie world. In an age where earnest, bombastic rock was seen with a sneer and some eye rolling, Neon Bible sees the band unapologetically wear their hearts on their sleeves and make the move to become the most ambitious band of their generation. Could either be the peak of the bands career or the near-peak.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

Funeral and Neon Bible are something else

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Wed Nov 30 2022
5

Great album...not quite the tour de force that is Funeral, but a worthy follow up. I may have listened to this one more than Funeral back when it was released. 4.5/5

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Fri May 13 2022
4

good album is good

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Sun May 29 2022
4

Better than I remember, it's a really strong album. At the time it just felt like a step down from their perfect debut. Little did I know have far they would slide after this point

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

Solid sophomore effort

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

4/5

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

Probably my fav AF. I used to be a huge fan, now that I discover more music, I'm less impress. But I admire the fact that they merge a lot of genre and compete with pop artist in the last 2 decades and still manage to reach the tops mainstream charts

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

I'm really not a big fan of Arcade Fire's work, but I enjoyed this one. My favorite is The Suburbs and I quite dislike the others I've had the mischance to listen to. Anyway, glad I gave this one a chance.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

My favourite. Pompous but with a purpose. I think they really did it right with that one. No dead weight like on the other albums that would follow.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

listened to again big sound that takes it's time

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Sat Jun 25 2022
4

song in euphoria

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Tue Jul 05 2022
4

Yllättävästi levy parani loppua kohti! hauskaa miten selvästi kuulee että levy on 2000-luvulta eikä vanhempi. 4/5

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

Siempre pienso que no me gusta Arcade Fire, pero creo que no le había dado una merecida oportunidad a este disco de corridito, y la neta es que es muy bueno. Debo decir primero que me zurra su voz y el estilo de cantar como muy grave pero a la vez muy adolorido. Es más, si cambiaran la voz a la de alguien más, tendría sin pedos la quinta estrella. Por otro lado, la música es en muchas de las canciones muy buena: bien cuidada, instrumentación interesante, detallitos que captan la atención, etc. Con esto, las que me gustan: Keep The Car Running, (Antichrist Television Blues) y No Cars Go.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

Great album, enough variation to keep it interesting. Uptempo drumbeat contrasts well with 'bleak' sounding vocals. Organs, strings, horns on various tracks to make up for repeating chorus lyrics bore. Catchy standouts: "Keep the Car Running", No Cars Go".

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Sat Jul 23 2022
4

Great

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

I like this album and I've kind of always liked Arcade Fire even though when I think of them in the abstract, they seem kind of boring. A friend of mine had free tickets to a show of theirs, a big arena show, and invited me along. I went but kind of felt like it was going to be a slow evening. It definitely wasn't. It was a helluva show and they worked their asses off. The songs are all sort of big emotion songs, though I feel like if each one was just a few degrees off from where it actually lands, I wouldn't be able to listen to any of it. But this album in particular is one of their better ones and I've listened to it plenty. And I'll listen again, so - 4 stars.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

Almost everything on this album is well done This album is really well orchestrated A lot of arcade fires music reminds me of a park hangout or something like that in a way, which I like I can definitely see myself revisiting some songs from this album 7/10

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

Good, as I remember from when I first listened to it.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

S0L1D

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Tue Aug 09 2022
4

A really pleasant album for background listening. I very much enjoyed having it on while working. What kept it from being really great though was the lack of standout tracks or moments. The track that came closest was The Well And The Lighthouse.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
4

A true spiritual successor to Funeral, just as anthemic and triumphant as ever before, while still experimenting with plenty of new ideas, some of which take some time to get used to. It doesn't have as many iconic classics as Funeral or Suburbs, but it's just as fun and vibrant. Yet it also feels pretty dark, in a gothic dance way, indicated by the opener (which sounds a lot like a track from Funeral), the album cover, and the cathedral orchestral instrumentation used throughout to amplify the dramatic effect. I was a bit disappointed with the direction of the songs, as they felt a bit too repetitive without much variation, which caused a lot of songs to merge together to me (save for the obvious differences in instruments or vocal styles). Still a fantastic album, and I'll still rotate it, but I consider it to be their weakest. Favorites: Intervention, No Cars Go, My Body is a Cage

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Sun Aug 14 2022
4

Ovo mi je moguće najbolji njihov album. Tako da čvrsta četvorka, jer mi nemaju oni album koji bi mogo bit petica.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Funeral was always going to be a hard album to follow and with this they do well. Its it is still anthems at times but doesn't fall into U2 type tropes. The production by the band in a church) sounds authentic ( whatever that means!) The new tunes hold their own (tbpugh one is nicked from an earlier e p.) As strong as the debut. 4.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

Good listen

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Sun Aug 21 2022
4

The worst of Arcades Fire early run. No Cars Go is fantastic. The rest is quite mixed.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

Great album even 15 years on. Taking into account when it was written 2006/7 the messaging around the commercialisation and exploitation of Religion makes more sense in that context. The gloomy tone is helped by the usage of organ etc throughout the album. Intervention, no car go, my body is a cage, keep the car running some of my favourites off this album. Doesn’t get as much credit as it should, probably not helped by being the follower to one of the most acclaimed indie debuts ever.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Big sounds, really enjoyable, probably a lot more there with more listens. Still, just something kind of missing, but can't put my finger on it. Still, definitely will be revisiting.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Really nice experience. Loved two songs. Keep the car running, no cars go.

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Sat Aug 27 2022
4

What a great album! Song after song picks you up, building up from a simple cell, adding layer on layer of sound and rhythmic intensity. Adding this to my own list of favourites!

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

Els canadencs estaven en un període on cada disc era millor que l'anterior. Si la seva estrena discogràfica els havia posat directament en primera divisió, 'Neon Bible' va reforçar encara més la seva proposta, i 'The Suburbs' els acabaria de fer un nom imprescindible del rock alternatiu. A NB junten algunes de les seves millors idees, i el seu millor tema, 'Intervention'. Vivien un moment on eren imparables

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

Je connais Arcade Fire, j'ai adoré Reflektor et The Suburbs. Celui-ci m'a toujours été recommandé et j'ai écouté 2 fois. J'adore, cependant meme après deux écoutes. Je vois mal la différence entre certaines chansons. Ca se ressemble beaucoup, mais dans l'ensemble c'est vraiment super. 4.15

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

Genre: Indie Rock, Art Rock Score: Decent 8 Favorite Songs: Black Mirror, Keep the Car Running, Intervention, Black Wave/Bad Vibrations, Ocean of Noise, The Well and the Lighthouse, (Antichrist Television Blues), Windowsill, No Cars Go, My Body is a Cage

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

Maximalist folk, great lyrics

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

"My body is a cage" TOP. Misto tra arctic monkeys e primi Mumford and sons

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

This is good. I like Arcade Fire. This album isn't as good as Funeral, but it has similar sounds, and it's still above average.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

new shit

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

"Neon Bible" is the second studio album from the Canadian band Arcade Fire. They recorded this album at a church in Quebec and produced it themselves. The band used the song "Black Mirror" and a re-working of an earlier song "No Cars Go" as a starting point. They tried looking at America from an outsiders' view as a thematic perspective with the ocean and TV, particularly Evangelical preachers, also as themes and imagery. And, I would say they do it quite effectively. They incorporated a choir, orchestra and other less common instruments (hurdy-gurdy, mandolin, accordion and pipe organ) into the music. Some of those instruments play major parts. This album contains some of Win Butler's (lead singer) best lyrics. Arcade Fire's strengths have been they are good at building momentum within a song, ending majestically and creating almost anthems. I enjoyed this album a lot more today than when it came out. I think the music matches their theme as good as any of their albums. The album starts with oceans sounds on "Black Mirror" and builds with piano keys and the rhythm section. Kind of a haunting song about the uncensorship of TV's, phones-black mirrors. "Keep the Car Running" is another slow starter with strings and again builds into one of their more anthem-like songs. Great melody. Kind of Springsteen-like. I think he talking of paranoia and fear of pending things like death. The pipe organ plays a major role in "Intervention" giving a church-type feel. Obviously on purpose, since he's talking about political and religious hypocrisy. Again, a song great at building momentum with Win's and Regina Chassagne's vocals, strings and, heck, a xylophone. By the way, I'll always mention a xylophone if I hear it. A highlight of the album second half is "The Well and the Lighthouse" with an urgency in the music (bass, drums, guitar). A song about temptation and greed based on the Fable "The Fox, the Wolf and the Well." Regina's backing vocals are great again. One of the best Arcade Fire songs is "No Cars Go." The orginal version is very sparse. This version is their anthem. Strings, accordion, multiple singers, great lyrics. " Between the click of a light and the start of dream" --- reaching the perfect place. I gained a lot more respect for "Neon Bible." I think one of the reasons is that in their recent albums, they are almost too serious, both with their music and lyrics. They are serious in "Neon Bible" but they reach a great balance where it it isn't entirely overbearing. It's defintely up near their best with "Funeral" and "The Suburbs."

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

sick bass sound, melancholic feel

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

This LP has a big sound, with the strings, backing vocals and synths providing textures different than most indie rock. The lyrics are dark and the lead singer hasn't got a lotta range so it can get tiring after a while. Between a 3 and a 4 for me but I'll round up for the final 2 tracks, especially "cage".

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Overall ey-Ok with some notable outliers. I really liked "My Body Is a Cage" as the final song. It has some "Dark" vibes 4/5

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Had only heard the Peter Gabriel cover of My Body Is a Cage before, but this is pretty good too.

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Sat Sep 17 2022
4

Arcade Fire - nog voordat ze ABBA 2.0 werden.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Sounds like a bunch of French Canadian theater kids made a rock album. I liked it!

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Sat Sep 24 2022
4

4.0 + Part of what I think makes "Funeral" successful is that Arcade Fire somehow manages to harness their emotional and sonic intensity letting it spill over only at climactic moments. I love how that album propels you on a journey, leading with urgency, punctuating the trip with colorful bursts of ecstatic emotion (e.g. "Wake Up"). With Neon Bible, AF are mostly able to dial in all that energy but there are moments where the intensity proves more than they can handle, and they end up sounding overblown. First is "Intervention" where Win Butler lets go on the vocals, belching out sincerity over a massive orchestra and it all sounds like Bruce Springsteen at his sweatiest and most insistent (see "Born to Run"). Not my favorite. Second are the screechy vocals paired with synthesized strings on "Black Wave." Finally, I've always disliked "No Cars Go" - it sounds like a parody of 2007 indie rock. As a side note: why did so many indie songs of that era feature that group-shouted "HEY!" trope? (see also "Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men) With all this said, I still really like this record, notably the three song stretch of "The Well and the Lighthouse", "(Antichrist Television Blues" and "Windowsill."

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

Yeah, pretty good!

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

Good album that hasn't aged well due to current allegations

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

When I first heard this album when it was released, it was a bit of a let down from their debut, Funeral. It had a similar vibe and I to me, it felt like it could have been outtakes or extra tracks from the previous album. Putting that aside and listening again, it holds up well on it's own and live, many of these tracks are powerful and highlights. Still prefer Funeral and The Suburbs (both 5 stars), but Neon Bible is a pretty good sophomore effort and a lot better than what would come later.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

4.5. This was really good

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

I love this album.

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Sat Oct 22 2022
4

Some very enjoyable indie rock

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

Great album - too bad the lead singer is a crappy person.

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Sat Oct 29 2022
4

Love this album

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

Has that good sorta edgy punk feel that at times seems Brit punk to me.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

started off slow but really grew on me over time not for me and i don't see myself revisiting this album other than if it comes up on a playlist. but, i see why other people like it so much!

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

Beautiful album. Where No Cars Go is a personal favourite.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

Dig it

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

Like. Hadn't listened to Arcade Fire properly but this is good.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

BUENARDOOO me gustó más que otro disco de arcade fire que escuché por mi cuenta(?) 8.5 / 10

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Was this before or after Edwin started the rape? I'm too lazy to jump in to the minutiae of the headlines. I mean, if someone yells 'rapist', then they are cancelled. Easy-peasy. I like things simple. I'm a headline guy and just can't be bothered. But, I'm also an optimist so I'm going to assume this was before the assaults, because it's the music that matters, right...?

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

oui

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

I'm going to go ahead and give this one a 4 but I've got to be honest... I'm not sure why. I... mostly enjoyed this? But I also found myself rolling my eyes at it on more than one occasion. It's alternately beautiful and gaudy. Grand and excessive. It's too much and just right in turns. At the end of the album, I have to say I enjoyed it. But I don't know that I loved it. I might have to give this one another go at a later date...

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

Grandiose and symphonic, this album takes a maximalist approach to its production (self produced of course). The result is an exceptionally lush album replete with strings, synth, guitars, and other various instrumentation. Lyrically, this album explores the idea of America especially from the view from outside.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
4

I don't have much to say about this album, but it's pretty alright. I appreciate the calm and softness of the vocals, and of course I'm going to mention the strings. I love hearing strings, mainly violin on any record. Black Mirror was a great song to start the album with. Fave track(s): Intervention, The Well and the Lighthouse

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

nothing will ever beat their first album

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Tue May 17 2022
3

Keep The Car Running is a good tune. My big thing with Arcade Fire is that I am not up for trying to parse their lyrics and dig into what they are trying to say. There is a fair amount of depth in their instrumentation. Honestly, this album seems like some great elaborate attack that completely missed me.

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Tue May 17 2022
3

Not much to say, it's fine. I preferred their "Funeral" release.

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Wed May 25 2022
3

I guess I'm just not an Arcade Fire guy. Album wasn't bad in any way. Also didn't grab me in any way.

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Thu May 26 2022
3

Quite enjoyed it. Found it quite soothing...

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Thu May 26 2022
3

Really enjoyed this album and played it through a couple of times. Good, solid 3*

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Fri May 27 2022
3

Meh...used to like Arcade Fire, but struggled to connect to this.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

Good… not sure if both this and Funeral need to be on the list though… just my 2 cents

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Mon Jun 13 2022
3

I don't like this band, nor this album, but apparently it was a very influential work on an unpleasant musical trend of the late 2000s. It's revolutionary and my friends will hate me if I give it the bottom of 3 stars, so here comes 3 stars and I never want to hear about it again.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

3rd best album by AF

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Sat Jun 18 2022
3

After Funeral there was no where for Arcade Fire to go but down. Luckily they didn't fall too far. I find Neon Bible a very different sounding album; thicker, darker production that is in stark contrast to Funeral's lighter, childlike feel. Not a bad thing in and of itself. It's the songs where Neon Bible falls short. There are still some very good songs; Keep the Car Running, Ocean of Noise, Windowsill and No Cars Go to name a couple. But the heaviness of the album makes carrying that weight a chore all the way through. That's not aided by the fact that Regine's contributions are lesser in both quantity and quality. Still a good album but one I probably would not have included on this list. 3.5 stars

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

Loud and triumphant, the instrumentals really do a lot of work for what I feel is a mediocre voice and okay lyrics. It just feels like the guy has a generic male singer voice, which is a shame. Everything jumbled together by the second song. Also it just gave off a depressing vibe. Not my cup of tea.

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Sat Jul 02 2022
3

Ok album, might need another listen to appreciate it

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Tue Jul 05 2022
3

Disco más cercano al rock, sin ser demasiado intenso. Con buenos instrumentos, melodías y voz. Aun así, no destaca en gran manera

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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

The sound of a million fey indie kids running up a hill in to battle with their emotions. Best Tracks: Keep The Car Running; No Cars Go; My Body Is A Cage

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Sat Jul 09 2022
3

Sweeping, Moody, Brooding, Low-Energy, Reflective

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Sun Jul 10 2022
3

Initially disappointed with Neon Bible after the enjoying Funeral and the first EP. This recent re-listen shows an accomplished slow burner with Springsteen Americana, New Order-style crescendo climaxes. And it has a slightly re-worked No Cars Go from the first EP. A good powerful brooding accessible Arcade Fire album, but not as many "hits" as Funeral.

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Sat Jul 16 2022
3

I think I’ve covered this at least once already. Not a particular fan, I think the lyrics are faux-clever, the music has that excessive loudness of so much modern production but under that and a lot of overclocked effects it isn’t much. Would happily never listen to any of it again.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
3

Tiene un par de buenas canciones, No Cars Go es la mejor pero como disco no me atrapa nada, me genera aburrimiento y sueño. Me gustaría que me gustaran más pero no es el caso.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

Coincidence: just the other day, someone mentioned this band to me as one they like so I had made a mental note to give them a listen...and promptly forgot until this album came up in the rotation, so thank you! I like this album. Some nicely catchy songs in here with enough of a different sound that it catches my interest. I particularly like what I hear as a rockabilly-esque 'Antichrist Television Blues'. It's not such a standout that I plan to come back to it, but it's decent stuff.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Not bad. A few of the songs were a little catchy, but nothing really wowed me.

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Sat Jul 23 2022
3

Pretty good. There was some good songs and a few that were just ok.

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Sat Jul 23 2022
3

This is the 3rd album from this band on the list, and no, we didn't need 3 (plus?) Arcade Fire albums. This was better than the other two, though - it's still hipster drivel, all marching band drums and indie rock annoyance, but somehow it didn't make me want to smash my flat like the other two did. I'd even go as far as saying some of the tracks were "pretty good". 3/5.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
3

I liked and still like this album. It's less anthemic than the one that precedes it and feels decidedly more '80s influenced. "Black Wave/Bad Vibrations" is a fave and I simply like the fact that this album shares a title with a John Keenedy Toole novel. But I'm still pissed at this band, whom I saw on tour for this album, and whom I guess had decided that they were too cool to play "Wake Up," which is a bit like Skynrd saying, "Nah, fuck that," to the person in the crowd screaming "Free Bird!" If there was ONE song we all wanted to hear... that was it. I saw U2 play a stadium a solid decade after The Joshua Tree came out and guess what? They fucking played "With or Without You" and it was sublime. Arcade Fire? Just couldn't be bothered that night with sublime. Oh well. I haven't listened to an album of their's since, lol. #holdinggrudges

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Tue Jul 26 2022
3

Not sure if this is an album that I'm ever going to revisit in full, but I loved the instrumentation throughout, and especially loved the title track & ocean of noise

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

Inoffensive radio music.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

Je comprends l'inclusion de l'album dans les 1001, c'est loin d'être un mauvais album, mais juste pas tellement mon genre.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

Indie rock. Ni fu ni fa.

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Sun Aug 07 2022
3

tava achando bem chatin no começo, mas dps comecei a gostar mais

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Mon Aug 08 2022
3

This is the third Arcade Fire album I have gotten on this list. They're a good band, but I don't know about three albums out of 1,001. That said, this is another good album.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
3

I thought that I’d like this more than I did.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

Overall, alright album. Not something I would go out of my way to listen to, though. I enjoyed Intervention and Bad Vibrations. What I found interesting was that this album is deemed important/influential, but I have never heard of this album and any of its songs until now.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

pretty neat

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

I know a song Pog! I know two songs!

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

First few tracks felt like they were trying too hard - "look at us! We're indy and angry about it!". I liked it by the end - No Cars Go was catchy. Don't know that I'll be adding this to my permanent rotation, but didn't hate it.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

Songs seemed like those of other bands in many cases. Don’t ask me who. Most were somewhat inaccessible to me but I really liked (Antichrist Television Blues).

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Cool album, though I didn’t like it as much as their first.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
3

Good album. Beautiful organ sounds and powerful vocials. Not really ideal for calcs as it quite slow paced. 5/10

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Decent album. Much better live experience than the album. A little dull.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

Solid

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Sun Sep 04 2022
3

Canadian Indie Rock band

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Mon Sep 05 2022
3

quite interesting canadian rock band

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Tue Sep 06 2022
3

Leuke vrolijke listen

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Tue Sep 06 2022
3

Leuk maar niet wauw

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Tue Sep 06 2022
3

While I would consider myself a fan of their album Funeral, I never listened to Arcade Fire after that. This was okay. I'm not really into Win's singing style, and the recent allegations of sexual misconduct made it hard to WANT to listen to this. I try to like things as I listen to them, but I couldn't do that today.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Indy stuff. Sam would probably like it

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Tiene 4 rolas buenas, pero qué pinches rolones. No Cars Go vale discografías completas de otras bandas.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Stylistically weak for me, vocals not good. 2.5/5

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Sun Sep 11 2022
3

imagine tu mets 3 albums d'un même groupe des années 2000 dans la liste et le groupe c'est arcade fire

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Sun Sep 11 2022
3

J'aurais sûrement mis 5 si je l'avais déjà écouté avant 2016

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

I have this "problem" with Arcade Fire's music: I appreciate them ticking all the boxes, but their music just fails to uplift me. Can't say exactly why, we don't seem to be working on the same wavelength.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
3

I enjoyed it for the most part, the light synth type actual instrumental sounds we even to keep me interested, if the vocal and lyrics were a bit lacking. Overall not bad.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

I will try to be professional here and separate the douchey artist from the art. In the early naughts I remember browsing at the local Sunrise Records in Toronto (yes vinyl!) and they were playing music from a new band with a \"huge sound\" it indie rock but totally distinct from anything I had heard before. I asked the clerk who it was and he showed me Arcade Fire's debut album, Funeral. The guitar intro to Wake Up and the ensuing chorus literally made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Needless to say I bought the album and devoured it when I got home. Funeral was a very special album, this their second effort isn't quite up there, but it has some strong songs with No Cars and My Body is a Cage. Overall their debut was much stronger and I would give it 4 stars, so this one is slightly lower at 3.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Ok

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

3/5 Boring aber okay Nicht sehr aktiv angehört

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

achei bem the smiths related. tô curtindo por enquanto songs to travel with

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

não tankei

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Sat Sep 17 2022
3

Nooit helemaal begrepen deze band. Vind het toch allemaal net iets te arty.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
3

Not too remarkable of an album. Favourite songs: My Body Is a Cage, Black Wave/Bad Vibrations, Windowsill

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

underwhelmed

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Sun Sep 25 2022
3

Mediocre. I didn't really like any of the songs on the album. 4/10

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Intervention is the standout on this album, the rest of it kind of drags. 2.5 star rounded up.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Nowhere near as good as their first couple of albums. Decent listen though.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Decent album with a few nice songs, bit reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen, but overall not outstanding enough to warrant a higher rating

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Sun Oct 02 2022
3

Great album.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
3

It's good. I've never been the biggest Arcade Fire fan, maybe I should listen to them a bit more. Or maybe not. I dunno

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Definitely interesting and engaging. When it hits, it soars with passion, with Intervention being a big highlight. I also really enjoyed Ocean of Noise and My Body is a Cage, though a lot of the rest of the album is just good... it is a style I enjoy, but not much stands out as being exceptional. Almost a 4.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Have always liked their sound enough to put them near the top of my playlist. Probably because their name starts with "A". I like this album, though.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
3

I feel I need to listen to this again a couple of times to get what ever anyone is going on about. But I'd rather give that time to a new band. So no, this didn't grab or grip me

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Tue Oct 18 2022
3

Some really good tracks, but also quite a bit of “filler.”

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Good, but not great. Sounds kind of like a Canadian Radiohead, but maybe less interesting. A couple of really good songs, and a lot of filler.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Grower not a show-er

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Sat Nov 05 2022
3

3.75

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Mon Nov 07 2022
3

I'd never heard of Arcade Fire so wasn't sure at all what to expect. Some songs gave me a strong Brian Ferry/Roxy Music vibe which I enjoyed. I will say that some of it sounded a bit samey but a good listening experience overall Honestly not sure I would actively go and listen to the album through and through again but good to step out of the usual. My favourite song: My Body is a Cage

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

Fleet foxes 🙂 + Imagine dragons 🤢 = Arcade Fire 😐

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

mid

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

Keep The Car Running and My Body Is A Cage are the two songs I like the most. There are a couple others I like too, but the rest I could take or leave. (Antichrist Television Blues) sounds like an attempt to sound like Bruce Springsteen. This is a big drop off from Funeral and I’m fine with it being removed in later editions of the 1001 book.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

My BC (before creepiness) rating is 4. I like this band. I like Funeral better but I like this album too. I struggle with these anonymous allegations of assault and/or misconduct - not because I don’t believe them but I also do believe in the “innocent until proven guilty” principle. Oh I forgot—they’re Canadian so I guess that doesn’t matter. In sum, my AD (after [admitted and confirmed] deception) rating is a 3.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

pretty cool album, mastering a bit muddy at times - 3 stars

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Mon Nov 21 2022
3

The organ on these is pretty cool

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Mon Nov 21 2022
3

Good

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

Good vibe

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3

Mi pare un'operazione molto pop per arrivare in radio nel 2015. Un po' indie, anzi molto indie. Tipo che anticipa tutti i vari successi degli ultimi anni. Bella "intervention", poco indie. "(Antichrist television blues)" ha qualcosa del Boss. Passate le prime canzoni un po' troppo piatte migliora, non male anche "Windowsill"

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3

I'd really like a little more time with this album, but I have to move on. I'm familiar with the band, but only form 'Funeral', which I picked up soon after it was released. 'Power Out' from that album was so good the first time I heard it that I picked it up immediately. The album is very good, but didn't make it into my permanent rotation and I think of a narrow slice of time if I hear anything from it. Neon Bible is 100% new to me. It's good, not great. There are some amazing songs throughout. But more that come up short. I can't hear 'Keep the Car Running' without also hearing Eddie and the Cruisers, and it ruins the song for me. The middle of the album, from Black Wave to Windowsill, stall out. But Black Mirror, Intervention, No Cars Go, My Body is a Cage...all fantastic tunes. Love the rich, layered sound, the dynamics, the raw emotion in the lyrics. All very beautiful and worth of coming back to.

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Wed May 11 2022
2

I recognize a few of these songs, but I can't bring myself to care.

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Fri May 13 2022
2

meh, a lot of filler songs

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Wed May 25 2022
2

Meh. Overly dramatic and too much voice synth

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Wed Jun 08 2022
2

Känns själlöst, speciellt jämfört med deras första.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
2

Ogillade lyriken å musiken va boring

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Thu Jun 09 2022
2

Now this is interesting, a bad indie rock album. Or maybe it's just me. Apparently their third best, after the debut and "The Suburbs". I already heard the latter and I thought it was decent, just a bit colorless. I described it as a plain rock album dressed up with nostalgic sounds. It's pretty neat. I also learned that Arcade Fire is a pretty popular band. I agree that this album is worse than "The Suburbs", but I don't think it's that great. It doesn't have the melancholic atmosphere of "The Suburbs". So the sound is there, in its pure, plain form. But not without special toppings though. This time, they put so much synth it turned into an '80s pop album. Not my vibe, I'm afraid.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
2

I like a lot of these songs, separately. A little Arcade Fire goes a long way, and an entire album of their work can make you wish it was before the halfway point. The word "overblown" comes to mind.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
2

Notwist but a bit boring

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Tue Jul 05 2022
2

Vähä jotenki munaton vaikka moni mun kaveri bändiä diggaileekin

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Sat Jul 09 2022
2

Another winner for Arcade Fire. 2.5/5 first listen.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
2

Didn't get much juice out of this lemon

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Mon Jul 25 2022
2

Arcade Fire, One of my sons favourite bands, they are OK but don't see what the hype is about really. Pretty standard 2010's rock music here. I find it slightly repetitive and sub Talking Heads standard really. I liked "Keep The Car Running" Not on My List I am afraid

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Mon Aug 15 2022
2

Music for basic white men bitches. I don't know, man. It just sounds like every single indie artist of the 2010's with that whiny forlorn, yet aloof "cool artist guy" sound. Meh.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
2

I had heard of this group before but I couldn't name any of their songs. I was excited to check them out and the album got off to a decent start but I quickly lost interest and discovered that their music isn't my thing. I don't think that it is awful, just not my favorite type of music.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
2

they said among us in one of the songs not really my type. standout so far is keep the car running. will maybe listen to again to get a real feel for it. the well and the lighthouse is also good. overall it was kind of boring. reminded me of the killers but not as good.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
2

This was a bit of a miss for me, just a bit flat. Which I wasn’t expecting from the Arcade fire. I really liked their earlier album.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
2

Not really for me. Have tried them before and it hasn't clicked

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Sat Sep 17 2022
2

Beetje lauwtjes allemaal.

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Sat Sep 17 2022
2

Zeer monotoon, beetje war on drugs saaiheid.

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