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Before the Bang............
on 16 April 2010
Funeral is one of the best Albums ever, showing Arcade Fire to be a band of genius, with more musical ideas per song than most bands manage in a lifetime. This however is clearly from when the band was developing, and before the spark ignited. Stand alone it is not very good. Songs are weak, performances not strong. There are hints of the genius to follow, but only hints...........
As a stand alone album, it's best to let it stand alone. Having said that, if you are an Arcade Fire fan - which I am, then this gives a good sense of the bands development, and hints at the brilliance to come.
If you are looking for a good stand alone album, forget it. If you are an Arcade Fire fan and want to know all about them as a good fan should, and want to know where they came from - then this is a good introduction to their roots.