Arcade Fire The Suburbs on 2LP + MP3 from Merge
Group's 3rd Studio Album Raises the Bar Again: One of 2010's Best Rock Releases
Grammy Winner for Best Album of the Year
Written, arranged, performed and produced by the Arcade Fire and co-produced by Markus Dravs, The Suburbs was recorded around Montreal and New York over the past two years. Arguably the most vital band of the 21st century, Arcade Fire again delivers with a third studio album that manages to make grand statements and life-affirming music without getting bogged down in ephemera. It's been quite a ride for the Montreal group.
The Arcade Fire’s 2004 debut Funeral featured strongly in Album of the Decade Polls around the world including NME, Pitchfork, Guardian, Mojo, and Rolling Stone. The ensemble's 2007 follow-up Neon Bible, debuted number 2 in the U.S and garnered international acclaim. Both records were nominated for Best Alternative Album Grammys.
"Three albums into its career, Arcade Fire confirms its position as rock’s most vital band, The Suburbs following the thematic-oriented paths of its two excellent predecessors but completely changing the musical and topical course. Saliently addressing childhood memory, the concept of home, fleeting innocence, emotional transience, and the search for something pure, the Montreal septet has made an imperative statement about our era’s communicative disconnect, unquestioned speed, and gamut of feelings and meanings that arise when one looks back at what was—and what is now."
--Bob Gendron, TONE Audio, Issue 33, #3 Best Record of 2010
"The bulk of The Suburbs focuses on this quiet desperation borne of compounding the pain of wasting your time as an adult by romanticizing the wasted time of your youth. As bleak as the lyrics are, though, they're buoyed by the band's leanest, loosest songwriting yet. These songs are busy, but never overly complicated, subtly nudging at their boundaries while allowing wide lanes for Butler's perfectly memorable melodic turns."
--Ian Cohen, Pitchfork, August 2, 2010 "Best New Music"
Formed in Montreal, the Arcade Fire is Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, William Butler, Tim Kingsbury, Sarah Neufeld and Jeremy Gara.
Arcade Fire The Suburbs Track Listing:
1. The Suburbs
2. Ready To Start
3. Modern Man
5. Empty Room
6. City With No Children
7. Half Light I
8. Half Light II (No Celebration)
9. Suburban War
10. Month of May
11. Wasted Hours
12. Deep Blue
13. We Used to Wait
14. Sprawl I (Flatland)
15. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
16. The Suburbs (Continued)