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Our man John Doran takes a stroll around the Canadians' highly anticipated (and so on) new album:
thanks as ever
fair play, really, but still *grumble grumble grumble we'd probably get told off*
There was one, wasn't one, was one... now, who knows? Rolling Stone have a review up, too... I'm holding the line til I know for sure what to do!
Til then, there are words on the BBC too...
Oh well, at the end of the day it's probably not going to ruin the music for anybody, is it..?
I think we're all singing from the same hymn sheet.
I.e. it's a very good record.
And these reviews aren't SO far in advance that they could damage the campaign in any way.
quite a bold statement. exciting times.
That's a pretty bold statement from the man at the Beeb.
But it sounds good.
Monday 26th? That's what PR person told me anyway...obviously not!
As I was reading through that all that was going through my mind was "oh another track" .... "not another"...."bloody hell heres another". 16 just seems too long
then you get two mini albums.
an ep for every day of the week!*
*apart from friday, saturday and sunday.
it really is quite a lovely cover. I don't think the 8 versions are such a great idea - the palm trees one is perfect.
They're not my favourite band by a long way but it's pretty great news that people like it, I was expecting it to bomb a little bit, not having really heard anything of interest in the two songs I've heard so far.
Until he unleashed that 'Ok Computer' comparison. And BAM, I'm fucking excited.
Either the reviewer doesn't like OK Computer or that is likely to be some serious shittalk hyperbole right there.
Calling it better than the most widely critically acclaimed album of the 1990s then say a statement like that doesn't mean a great deal. I would beg to differ.
but have been pretty unmoved by the music i've heard so far.
i will say, i think my opinions of 'month of may' and 'suburbs' really, really, really suffered from hearing them on the radio first...i guess sometimes what makes a song isn't able to come over in that context...and listening to them on headphones now is a different experience entirely.
and i also said 'good intentions paving company' was a shit song the first time i heard it, which proves that i know absolutely fuck all.
GUESS I'LL JUST HAVE TO LISTEN WHEN IT COMES OUT, EH?
I know, I know - what can you really tell from such snippets, right?
But I'll be damned if it all doesn't sound really very good. It's rather pleasing, as like a lot of people, I thought it was going to bomb after hearing 'Suburbs'/'Month of May'. Rather excited to receive the album now!
You can get an idea of mood, melody, style etc. but it probably won't tell you for definite if you'll like the song (e.g. there may be significant changes in structure or style within a song), and from an album's worth of such previews it's difficult to get an informed impression of the album as a whole.
Having loved and played Funeral to death (no pun intended) I was utterly let down by Neon Bible and their Glasto performance. So pompous and plodding. Month of May and The Suburbs sound fantastic, if hardly groundbreaking. The only other track I've heard is We Used to Wait, which was utterly forgettable.
Unless the rest of the tracks mark a major experimental and stylistic shift for the band then the OK Computer comparison sounds utterly laughable but sounds like it could be worth buying anyway.
"This is a gradual gradient of maturity from Funeral (people die) to Neon Bible (EVERYONE DIES!) to The Suburbs (but, y'know, it's not going to happen today so just chill out)."
but I remain unconvinced: the title track and Month of May struck me as pretty good, but a long, long way from earth shattering. (Though tQ piece acknowledges this same observation.) Of course, AF deserve the benefit of my doubt, so I'm looking forward to hearing it in full.
quite a few good bands referenced there in the Quietus piece - Spiritualized, QOTSA, good-period-U2, good-period Manics... May well get hold of this.
I'm now very worried.
are Manics 'Holy Bible'-era, QOTSA 'Songs for the Deaf'-era and Spiritualized 'GODAWFUL bands'? I hope you're on your own there... I'm only a casual Arcade Fire observer - the future of good music does not depend on them - so I'm not worried at all.
I love The Suburbs. Such a feel good song and great lyrics. Month of may took me awhile, but i am really liking that song too, it really grew on me. Also after hearing the snippets of the songs on the album, I think its going to be a fantastic album.
Well every band has some boring songs, but c'mon. How is Wake up boring or Intervention? Arcade Fire make beautiful songs.
Which bands do you rate that sound like Arcade Fire - which bands do you think should support them?
I quite rate The Hole Punch Generation
What do you think? A complimentary sound to Arcade Fire?
But I don't think this approach is ever going to go well. Especially when you're not very good.
punch the clock no?
even though they've misheard it to the point where it doesn't make any sense.