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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational, 4 Dec. 2010
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This review is from: The Suburbs [VINYL] (Vinyl)
I cannot praise Arcade Fire highly enough. I have been listening to music since the 60s and have a huge record collection but this album is the jewel in the crown. The band's song writing ability and musicianship is astonishingly competent. Somehow the music echoes familiar styles and as a result is very accessible yet the final product is totally unique. There is nothing else out there like it, these guys can pack more ideas in to a single song than most bands manage in a lifetime of recording. One minute you have the jagged cut of a punk guitar and then you're listening to a soaring multilayered chorus all being driven forward by a relentless toe tapping rhythm. The lyrics are very personal and meaningful yet despite their sometimes sombre outlook the tunes are incredibly uplifting with the best anthemic choruses you are ever likely to hear and I haven't even started talking about the amazing array of instruments and the musical arrangements.

The album is a bone fide epic; it may be the only piece of music you ever need to listen to, certainly my choice for the album that has to somehow survive the total destruction of the planet. Sorry I've run out of superlatives, you owe to yourselves not to let this one pass you by.

Ignore it at you peril!!
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Initial post: 7 Jan 2011 21:43:33 GMT
A. D. Clegg says:
did you mean 'superlatives' rather than 'expletives'?!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2011 09:13:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jan 2011 09:14:21 GMT
Brian says:
Actually I did but at the time I couldn't think of the right word. When it came to me I had already posted the review

Posted on 12 Jan 2011 00:02:06 GMT
rob slevin says:
...speaking of 'expletives' , you are takin' the fkn p--s , surely ?????, you must be. Loved the 1st album, Liked the 2nd...was bored stiff by this lazy uninspired effort. ''Punk guitars'' What ???? Where ???? Oh,forget it , i give up !!!. Wait, i will give up in a sec... just explain to me , how can one be ''astonishingly - competent''. Don't buy any more music...your ears are shot ....buy a Dictionary. I think the word ''relentless'' wasn't an entirely poor choice of word to describe this album though.....

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2011 20:57:10 GMT
Brian says:
You seem to have a very high opinion of your own command of the English language. Takin', fkn and p--s are definitely not in the dictionary yet astonishingly and competent are both there and I can't see what's wrong with the word relentless. Thanks for the lecture "professor" although I'm sure multiple use of the full stop and the question mark would not get you top marks in an English exam.

I find it hard to understand why my review has got you so annoyed but I guess everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Still at least 10/11 people found mine useful.

By the way I really like Funeral and Neon Bible and would find it hard if I was asked to pick my favourite. Strange you can be so pro the first album yet so anti the third!
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