6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
With music this good, who is REALLY bothered about mainstream?,
This review is from: The Suburbs (Audio CD)
I am getting fed up of the NME babies who were so quick to criticise the latest Arcade Fire album, simply because Arcade Fire are no longer the new undiscovered darlings of indie sub-rock, and are now mainstream stadium-fillers. Bottom line is that the band still write & perform some amazing songs, and no amount of sneering is going to change that.
The Suburbs is a case in point. 16 tracks of brilliant, moving, angry, wistful & very varied music.
Personally, I'm looking at it from beyond the whole 'Wow, weren't the Suburbs gloomy places to grow up' kind of thing. That's been done on a million records, and as profound as the band might like to be, they are not going to get the suburban kids of today ripping up their textbooks & torching the shopping malls. Doesn't matter. The music's still excellent!
Every track is as distinct from the other as can be, without getting too unidentifiable as an Arcade Fire tune. There's a lot of orchestration, but, unlike Neon Bible, which felt at times like someone was whacking me over the head with half an orchestra, the Suburbs is lighter in touch. - The majority of the songs are pretty accessable to anyone who's not come across the band before, although "Rococco" is a touch on the odd side, even with that cool chord progression. From the opening jangly piano feel of the suburbs track 1, through the skipped-drum feel of "Modern Man", the punky "Month of May", and my personal favourite "Suburban War", a simple-but-effective jangly guitar riff played to a laid-back drumbeat, before the drums change pattern mid-way & completely change the feel of the song, the album is what many albums claim to be. All killer, no filler.
Yes, it's easy to get caught up in hype, and it's easy to dismiss a review because it could be from some fawning fan, who would give something 5 stars even if it sounded terrible. I will give Arcade Fire their dues, they can write great songs, they can perform great songs, and they can deliver a quality album. - So what if they're now mainstream?