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Neon Bible [CD]

Arcade Fire Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Mar 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sonovox
  • ASIN: B000MMLODS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Keep The Car Running 3:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Neon Bible 2:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Intervention 4:180.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. The Well And The Lighthouse 3:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. (Antichrist Television Blues) 5:100.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. No Cars Go 5:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. My Body Is A Cage 4:470.99  Buy MP3 


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How do the Arcade Fire follow-up not just one of the best debut albums ever, but possibly also one of the best indie albums of all time? Well, Neon Bible is a good place to start. After the success of Funeral, expectations were high for a follow up. But really, how could any band be expected to repeat that level of achievement twice in a row? And who can fault a band for setting their own standards so high? If there's one criticism of Neon Bible (named after author John Kennedy Toole's first novel), it's that it's not Funeral. But any other band would consider Neon Bible a towering achievement, for the simple reason that it is. "Keep the Car Running" displays all of the trademarks of the Arcade Fire's best work, building to a crescendo by adding layers and layers of synths to a deceptively simple tune. "Intervention", meanwhile, is easily the biggest-sounding song they've yet recorded, exploding with pipe organ over strummed guitars, strings and a choir. Occasionally, lead singer Win Butler risks being lost behind all of this noise, particularly as his voice has lost some of the strained intensity that made Funeral so affecting (and in fact, on "(Antichrist Television Blues)" he even sounds a bit like 80's-era Springsteen). But there's no denying that Neon Bible is a stellar album, from a band worth discovering. --Ted Kord

BBC Review

It's an appropriate title; this album should convert the unbelievers. Meanwhile the 'Neon' part could be the Montreal-based band's own smart self-reference, because the neon stamp of the 1980s is all over this.

Before things get temporal though, it's worth clocking (hoho) the other themes that permeate this haunting, yet simultaneously uplifting, record.

The church is impossible to avoid and is often starkly juxtaposed with labour. On ''Intervention Frontman'' Win Butler sings about 'working for the church while your family dies' and on ''Building Downtown (Antichrist Television Blues)'' he claims to be 'a good Christian man' before stressing the importance of getting paid while actual church organs blare away. They're back again on morbid LP closer, ''My Body Is A Cage''.

Modern living is addressed with lines that provoke and occasionally amuse throughout. On ''Windowsill'' there is a knowing 'MTV/ what have you done to me?' - perhaps mocking those who mistakenly believe image to be more important than actual songs, or maybe just a dig at TV-rotted youth. Or how about ''Black Mirrors'' 'Shot by security camera/ you can watch your own image', suggesting the CCTV surveillance we all take for granted? None of these lines are overt in meaning but this music ain't about answers handed to you on a plate.

Which brings us back to the 80s. This album will remind all those long enough in the tooth or iTunes account of Bruce Springsteen, Talking Heads, Kate Bush and Echo and The Bunnymen.

''Keep The Car Running'' is the greatest tune 'Heads front-weirdo, David Byrne, never sang on and sounds as huge as new galaxies exploding into life. Springsteen is evoked on the noughties blue-collar anthem of ''Antichrist!'', arguably the album highlight and the Echo influence is most keenly felt on opener ''Black Mirror'', which is driven by the most menacing piano riff and string section heard in pop in recent memory. Elsewhere ''Black Wave'''s jerky synths and unsteady beats recall the enigmatic Ms Bush to thrilling effect.

Some will doubtless complain that, like it's predecessor, it's a bit too serious for its own good or that it does too much with its endless array of mandolins, galloping drums, organs, strings and synths. But these are quibbles. Neon Bible is a staggering album that only the staunchest sonic agnostic could live without. Praise be. --Lou Thomas

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars satire AND a church organ 23 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
Everyone reviewing this album seems to have to choose either the can't-beat-Funeral-EVER or wow-WAY-better-than-Funeral approach. To me they are two different records, and you should appreciate them both in their own way! This one is certainly bigger, darker and slightly more experienced, and if that's what you like buy it RIGHT NOW. The gradually building layers of different instruments are just beautiful, and I keep finding random bits of lyrics swimming agreeably round in my head (MTV, what have you done to me? Save my soul, set me free!...). Every single song is my favourite. They are all fantastic little masterpieces.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 'difficult' second album 11 Oct 2007
By M. Gardner VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
'Funeral' was an exceptional album, one that for lesser bands might have also immediately signed a death warrant for any subsequent outings. Thankfully, Arcade Fire are not a lesser band. 'Neon Bible' is an album just as wonderfully rich and textured as the debut that preceded it. 'Keep the Car Running' and 'No Cars Go' perfectly bookend the album, both wonderfully intricate, uplifting anthems that suffer none of the banal simplicity that usually comes with such a tag. There is more orchestration here, a facet that only fails on a couple of minor occasions, but the trio of 'Neon Bible', 'Intervention' and 'Black Wave' are simply fantastic, the latter two proving equal to, if not better than, the majority of the tracks on 'Funeral'. The Arcade Fire are one of only a few truly original and interesting bands around at the moment. If you didn't manage to catch their debut, then by god you need to make sure that this follow-up doesn't pass you by.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diversity Rules 23 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
Once again, Arcade Fire entertain with a panoply of sound that is as diverse as it is complete. They show themselves as adroit at creating a sound that reveals anthems in their songs yet breaks down to eclectic simplicity in sections. There are gems of gorgeous riffs on Neon Bible that emerge from the very large scale sound that Arcade Fire are able to produce.

There is progression from Funeral but whereas I didn't feel I wanted to part too far from the formula of that album, having enjoyed it so much, the change is enough to feel the distance while retaining their uniqueness and character.

I may have listened to an advance copy but I will help their chart position by buying the album from an appropriate source. Record company executives take note: where the music is of a quality worth buying, people will do so. This definitely comes into that category of worth buying.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neon lights 1 July 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Vinyl
Personally, I was terrified as I waited for the Arcade Fire's second album -- so many bands have made exquisite first albums, only to disappoint with the second.

But there are few missteps in the amazing "Neon Bible," which tries out a new sound for the Montreal band -- it sounds darker, eerier, and thoroughly exquisite. They take the chamberpop sound to a stormy cliffside over the ocean.

It opens with steady acoustic guitar, and a swell of windy synth that sounds like waves crashing on the rocks. "I will walk down to the ocean/After waking from the nightmare/No moon, no pale reflection/Black mirror, black mirror," Win Butler murmurs over a rising tide of clashing piano.

They slip into the shimmering rock'n'roll of "Keep The Car Running," which cascades down into a beautiful folky tune wrapped in synth. The songs that follow continue this feeling: the quietly taut title track, ghostly experimental, transcendent little guitar-piano ballads, soaring organ pop, and even a sparkling, catchy indiepop tune or two.

The Arcade Fire obviously took their time crafting this album, and making all the kind of intelligent rock people expect from them. But the sound is entirely different -- it's darker and stranger than its predecessor, as well as sounding a bit more processed.

Granted, I wasn't crazy about the pipe-organ blues of "Intervention." However, the other songs are sheer brilliance musically -- a beautiful thunderstorm of instrumentation, with the sound of a sonic religious experience. Just listen to the crescendo of soaring voices, drums, horns and strings at the end of "No Cars Go."

As for the instrumentation, it's packed in dense, shifting layers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it grows 18 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
both the albums took me some time to get used to. Funeral i gave a chance after reading about it a lot (i do tend to follow the critics, yeah), while Neon Bible i'm hooked to after seeing them live (do that if you have a chance, by the way). if you want "development" or "growth", i'd have to say the lyrics seem more outward than the introspective lyrics of Funeral and also the songs all in all seem a bit more FOCUSED. anyway, i thought Neon Bible gave more of the same as Funeral in how i need to listen to the songs and find the different bits and layers that i like to focus on in each song in order to really appreciate all Arcade Fire has accomplished. don't have any expectations in which way they're going with it and just let it EXCEL in front of your ears.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Studio stuff is great, but the true test 6 July 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first heard Arcade Fire on some music channel whilst channel hopping. 'Wake up' had just started and I was gripped. One of the best songs I've ever heard in my 52 years.(so I'm not 'studenty type)Straight onto my computer, on Amazon and purchased Funeral. Now funeral took it's time to grow on me, but it did. So I waited with great anticipation for the second album and purchased that as soon as it came out. Neon Bible doesn't need to grow on me, I loved it right away. One or two tracks are not that great, but in the main, thanks to Keep the car running, No cars go and Windowsill in particular, this is a damn good effort for a second album which follows a greatly acclaimed first.
But, to anyone who doubts Neon Bible, I say catch Arcade Fire doing it live, then you can really judge an album. I'm seeing them in October and I cannot wait, although at my age perhaps I should learn to wait!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good album
First arcade fire album I got , keep the car running was enough to give it a try and I wasn't disappointed with the rest , it needs a good few listens though to get into it
Published 12 days ago by Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Back catalogue buy
Downloaded on the back of the Glastonbury performance. Great album, but probably the weakest of the 4 albums to date. Read more
Published 13 days ago by B. J. Farmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Some great tracks
Excellent Band, not only play there own instruments they play each others
Published 20 days ago by Paul L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Neon Bible
Given as a requested present so cannot give anopinion on the product itself as i haven't listened to it. Recipient very pleased.
Published 4 months ago by Mola
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not as good as the first or third album.
Live is where a lot of this album comes alive. I found it lacked the "colour" of the first album. Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. S. Skeldon
4.0 out of 5 stars Poetic
Poetic and visionary.
Well, I prefer the third album, more poppy, but I must say that this work is very very good in the vein of dark and psychedelic music.
Published 19 months ago by luca leoni
5.0 out of 5 stars superb music
For me this is the best Arcade Fire album to date - and I love Funeral and The Suburbs too. There is quite a dark feel throughout with lyrics conveying a sense of impending threat,... Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2012 by markr
4.0 out of 5 stars DON'T PLAY SIDE 4 (FOR VINYL JUNKIES ONLY)
There isn't any thing to say about this album just to say that if you liked the singles then you will like this as it's much the same as them. Great.
Published on 5 Jun 2011 by Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars Neon Bible - Arcade Fire
I can't say I had ever heard a track by Arcade Fire until they used 'My Body is a Cage' on the TV series 'House'. Read more
Published on 3 May 2011 by Angela Bowers
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Delight
The Arcade Fire are one of the most exciting bands in the curent musical panorama. Sounds are harmonic, lyrics are deep and most of all they seem genuine. Great band, great album!
Published on 15 Nov 2010 by Artur Gon?alves
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