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5.0 out of 5 stars
A wonderful wake, 15 April 2005
You know that feeling when you hear a new band? One that inspires you to the core, one that makes you want to buy every piece of crappy merchandise you can lay your hands on, and read every article that the irrelevant one paged website based in Iceland has to offer? No? Clearly you haven't heard this album.
Funeral isn't just the debut album of what might be Canada's greatest export, it is the album that every aspiring musician wants to make. Sad, funny, irreverent, difficult, melancoly, joyful, epic and so very beautiful. Every finger click has been assessed, every squeak of the instruments (that I have absolutely no clue of how to name) is precision placed, but don't let that suggest that this album lacks soul, for this is soul. Laid on a table and beaten black and blue.
There are hightlights of course in the Bloc Party-esque beats of Rebellion and the Delgados hints of In the backseat, but like all masterpieces, this must be consumed as a whole, like a packet of Jaffa cakes, silently and alone.
I dare you to listen to this and in the dying few seconds not be spellbound and frantically reaching for your remote control to listen again. Just to check that you weren't dreaming. Because that was the best album you ever heard. Stop pinching yourself!