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The Arcade Fire Post

May 27, 2010

It’s entirely possible that everyone might already be tired of hearing about the two new Arcade Fire singles (particularly if you’re on Twitter, where I’ve personally tweeted about it no less than 7 times in the past two days), but guess what?  I’m going to write about it anyway.  Arcade Fire is one of my all-time favorite bands and I’m very, very excited about the new album.  There are a select few bands for which I make the exception to actually stop by a music store and buy physical copies of their albums, and Arcade Fire is one of them.  So here it is – the Arcade Fire post.

First of all, “The Suburbs.”  I’ve listened to the song 3 or 4 times now, and each time, it’s grown on me significantly.  I’m pleased to hear something that sounds different enough from the dirge of Funeral and the seriousness of Neon Bible, but that still sounds recognizably like Arcade Fire.  “The Suburbs” has definite overtones of indie rock, lots of strummy guitars, and finds Win utilizing his falsetto melodically.  You can review the lyrics here, but it’s hard to say what they might mean (past the normal Arcade Fire commentary, that is) when you’ve only heard two songs from the album.

For those Arcade Fire fans who identify most closely with the furious energy of Funeral, “Month of May” will probably be the favorite of the two singles.  Win revealed on NPR earlier today that the song was inspired by the harsh winters of Montreal, and you can hear that influence directly with the windy gusts on the track and in the lyrics.  “Month of May” is a bit classic rock and roll, and a bit distorted alternative, but most importantly, delivers on that sense of urgency that Arcade Fire embodies so well.

You can preorder The Suburbs from Arcade Fire’s official website; it will be released in the US on August 3rd.  For now, download both singles for yourself and then share your opinions.  Overall, I’m extremely happy with the two tracks and think the album has the potential to be better than Neon Bible (which for the record, I liked a lot).  What do you think?  Are you satisfied with the tracks?  What were you expecting and were you disappointed/happy/surprised?  Ready…go!

(Note: Post edited to remove videos)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jared permalink
    May 28, 2010 1:46 pm

    Those are two pretty different sounds songs…can’t wait for the whole album!

    • May 28, 2010 2:15 pm

      Yeah, the songs have two completely different sounds. It’ll be interesting to see how they come together. Their albums always have a huge diversity of tracks.

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