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Rebellion (Lies) / Brazil Single, Limited Edition

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Product details

  • Audio CD (5 Sept. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Limited Edition
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • ASIN: B0009SQ6AG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,857 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rebellion (Lies)
2. Brazil

Product Description

ARCADE FIRE Rebellion [Lies] (2005 UK 2-track CD single including Brazil housed in a gatefold card picture sleeve specially printed with keys that are visible in certain light RTRADSCD252)

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lyn Anderson on 6 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
I really love these guys and this single is no exception. The talent of the musicians really stuns me, it's so melodic and beautiful!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Rebellion, lies! 10 Aug. 2007
By EA Solinas - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The Arcade Fire became the runaway indie hits of the past few years, with their swirling, intoxicating music and brilliant live shows. And the "Rebellion Lies" DVD -- containing a music video and two very different live performances -- is definitely worth getting, even if it's a bit pricey for the content included.

It opens with the music video for the title song -- the band wanders through a small town in the autumn, playing their instruments and singing. Around them, small children are crackling with musical energy, and follow them around the town. Filmed in a blurry, out-of-focus style, it's very simple, but a surprisingly interesting music video.

Then it's live performances: the Much Music Awards, which opens with an announcer raving about the band, before switching to the Arcade Fire themselves. Lots of dead flowers, Victorian sets, and eerie lighting. Their opening music is kind of obscured by the crowd at first, but after a few minutes they kick into full gear with a slow-burning rendition of "Rebellion Lies." By the midway point, they are close to bringing down the roof -- especially when the uniformed marching band joins in.

Then it's to the American Music Hall, with a more bare-bones set and more odd lighting. The band tunes up, swigs bottled water, and builds a devastating sonic ramp up to (surprise surprise) "Rebellion Lies." The acoustics are much better in this performance, even when one of the guys pretends to collapse.

Although Win Butler looks (and sounds) like he's about to collapse. Somebody dump a bucket of ice water over that poor man.

Well, that's about it. You get to see the Arcade Fire performing the same song, but in three vastly different ways: as a solid music video, in a flamboyant awards ceremony, and in a bare-bones live performance. And yes, they are good in all these performances.

It also shows them off at their best. They're a bit geeky, a little symphonic, a tad wild, kind of morbid and they also turn out the most unique, unpredictable rock'n'roll that has been heard in years. Even better, they don't always play it the same way: there are enormous changes between the different live versions, and I'm not talking about the sets.

It's also nice to see the band actually perform, with all the passion that they put into their debut album shown in the flesh. Violins, drums, and guitars all meld into one gorgeous lo-fi symphony, and proves that no studio polishing made their music as great as it turned out to be.

While the price is a bit steep, Arcade Fire's "Rebellion Lies" is an intriguing look at three different performances -- an excellent item for those who can't get enough Arcade Fire.
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