The Suburbs

The Suburbs

Music CD - 2010
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Grammy-nominated indie rock band Arcade Fire created one of the most lauded albums of the last decade, 2004's Funeral. Now, to follow up their acclaimed second album, Neon Bible, they present The Suburbs, one of the most anticipated rock releases of 2010
"9 out of 10...blazingly intense...Radiant with apocalyptic tension..."--SPIN
"4 out of 4...philosophically rich, sonically bold and emotionally gripping...An instant classic..."--USA Today
Publisher: [Chapel Hill, N.C.] : Merge Records, 2010
Branch Call Number: CDMUSIC ROCK/POP 30 ARCADE
Characteristics: 1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in


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LPL_IanS Feb 22, 2018

How long before an album achieves “classic” status? I don’t know, but from the first listen I fell in love with “The Suburbs.” Hard. On their third album, Arcade Fire tried to capture front-man Win Butler’s hometown, and ended up with an exceptional exploration of modern American malaise.

This is a complex and wonderful masterpiece. Sprawl II will make you want to dance. Funeral slightly edges this one out as my favorite AF album, but this one is still mighty good.

Feb 03, 2015

Fantastic. Each song is like a mini musical masterpiece.

Dec 01, 2013

An ambitious psychological portrait of suburban life that (mostly) succeeds. The lyrics are complex and meaningful. The hooks are great, and the deep, multi-layered sound (one of the benefits of being a large band) offers new pleasures with each listen. And while the album's characters may be trapped in suburban ennui, Arcade Fire's freewheeling musical experimentation shifts between 80s-ish techno ("Sprawl II - Mountains Beyond Mountains"), late-70s proto-punk ("Month of May"), lightly jazz-influenced piano pop ("The Suburbs I"), folk-rock ballads ("Wasted Hours") and more. I'd stop short of calling this album a masterpiece - it's a bit overlong, and occasionally suffers from melodramatic production. But while "The Suburbs" isn't perfect, it's still pretty dang good.

Jan 07, 2013

Amazing album

jwolfson Jul 20, 2011

I have been a Arcade Fire fan since day one. All of their albums are absolute gold, but this one takes the cake. Every song is so poweful and filled with so many hidden messages. I hope they never stop make music!!

May 23, 2011

Like the best musicians, Arcade Fire doesn't knock you over the head with their awesomeness. Rather it creeps up on you with repeated listens. This is an airtight concept record that combines somewhat sunny musical profiles with mournful, contemplative lyrics. The Suburbs is a sad album, artfully arranged and emotionally dense. But it's not party music.

May 16, 2011

This is one of the best albums I've ever heard! I can say that with confidence because it's so rare to find an album that has excelled in basically every aspect. For starters, the main theme is woven through every song, with variations on a person's relationship with the place they grew up in - an honest reflection of how life changes/has changed. Sometimes the mood is profoundly sad at the loss of familiarity; other times it's upbeat, remembering the good times; there is also an amount of negativity as well. Everything else - lyrics, music, vocals, the tracks sequencing - it all fits together perfectly. I just could not stop listening to it. Highly recommended, especially for those feeling nostalgic or those past their teens.

real_thing Apr 30, 2011

only album i like by them and its good. makes u think

Feb 28, 2011

Great album from track 1 to the end.

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Jan 31, 2011

1. The Suburbs
2. Ready To Start
3. Modern Man
4. Rococo
5. Empty Room
6. City With No Children
7. Half Light I
8. Half Light II (No Celebration)
9. Suburban War
10. Month Of May
11. Wasted Hours
12. Deep Blue
13. We Used To Wait
14. Sprawl I (Flatland)
15. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
16. The Suburbs (Continued)


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