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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

3.5

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3295

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
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5

Så bra album? ett s.k. pangalbum!

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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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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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5

A classic.

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5

A classic.

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5

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

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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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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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5

My Body is a Cage and it's Ready

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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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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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5

Good album

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5

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

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4

good album is good

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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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4

Solid sophomore effort

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4/5

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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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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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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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4

listened to again big sound that takes it's time

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song in euphoria

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4

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

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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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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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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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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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4

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

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S0L1D

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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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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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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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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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3

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

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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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3

Quite enjoyed it. Found it quite soothing...

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3

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

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3

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

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3

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

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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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3

3rd best album by AF

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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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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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3

Ok album, might need another listen to appreciate it

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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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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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Sweeping, Moody, Brooding, Low-Energy, Reflective

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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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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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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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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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3

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

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3

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

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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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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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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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Inoffensive radio music.

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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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Indie rock. Ni fu ni fa.

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

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

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2

meh, a lot of filler songs

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Meh. Overly dramatic and too much voice synth

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Känns själlöst, speciellt jämfört med deras första.

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Ogillade lyriken å musiken va boring

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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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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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Notwist but a bit boring

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Vähä jotenki munaton vaikka moni mun kaveri bändiä diggaileekin

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

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Didn't get much juice out of this lemon

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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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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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this isn't even in the top 1000 albums of the 00s

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