Indie rock giants Arcade Fire returned with their third full length release The Suburbs this week, and they did not disappoint. The Suburbs is a different album than their two previous releases Neon Bible and Funeral; in that it is very personal and a very relaxed sounding album; yet it still has that big arena album sound. Win Butler and company dive into the mythology of suburban life and how it influenced their development as individuals On Half Light II (No Celebrating) the lyric: “Since I was a little child. Pray to God. I won’t live to see the death of everything that’s wild”, the band describes their concerns of deforestation and how the grow of Suburbs might affect nature. But it’s not all doom and gloom. On “We Used to Write” the band reminisces about young love and the joy it brings. “It seems strange ankatips. How we used to wait for letters to arrive. But what’s stranger still. Is how something so small can keep you alive?” What this album does is solidify Arcade Fire’s place as the biggest and best Indie art rock band of this generation. This album has some terrific songs, but to get the true feel of the album, you need to listen to it in its entirety. If you are already an Arcade Fire fan, you will love this album, if you are curious about Arcade Fire, this a great album to break you into the band.
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