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They really should give Regine the lead vocals on more tracks
Works well as shouty backup though.
her voice imo is 10 billion times better than wins
but Sprawl II....holllyyy shiiiittt
I think the band works better when there's more of a focus on both of them. While I like Win's singing he has a tendency to po-facedness (????). And it's nice to have someone cheery to leven the strops on stage.
Empty Room and Sprawl II are amazing.
and I'm sure it's mainly to her awful vox
on the traditional Arcade Fire sound?
OH MY GOD! HER VOICE GRATES
unless she just does back up vocals
anyone who doesn't see this is a smitten indie boy with mittens on his backpack in winters.
...One of the best songs off an outstanding album and it's Regine's vocal talent that really gives the kick to that final crescendo.
I'm not leaking, never will for any new album. And it was the end of this track that really sold me on her as a co-vocalist for them. She can really belt it out, my gosh.
Sprawl II is one of the best songs I've heard in years. I can't stop listening, it's got such a firm chokehold on me.
Also Haiti is fucking great and In The Back Seat is awesome.
I will reiterate that she had very little productive input on Neon Bible. Only the backing bits towards the end of Intervention were any cop (No Cars Go being counted as an EP track originally cos that slays)
As well as strings. How awesome (and by awesome I mean indie) would that be?
hence awesome... in fact come to think of it the whole song is very blondie
I am beginning to find my own story or narrative in it and that's opening up a lot of songs for me. I think you need to get 'Neon Bible'out of your head and that's not always easy when you first spin it.
Some real stand outs for me so far are:
'Ready To Start'
'We Used To Wait'
'Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
And I love the finale 'Suburbs (continued)' - what a beautiful and haunting way to finish off.
Listening to a rip of the forthcoming Interpol s/t album and I am not so impressed.
makes me completely forget that, in all actuality, the second half of the record drops off now and again into quite limp, plodding numbers that pass by with no real affect or consequence; instead, I wanna spin it from the very start all over again.
It's the most perfect mix of Kim Wilde-y new wave pop and Bruce Springsteen's from the '80s, and 'Heartbeats' by The Knife. Incredible, incredible stuff.
The whole album is fantastic and Sprawl II is fantastic aswell. Her voice is very unique kinda like Bjorks. My favorite song on the album is Deep Blue.
Just finished my first spin of the album, and it was terrific. Sprawl II really is an excellent song.
but I don't think I could take a whole album of it. I think the contrast of her's and Win's is what's so good, so when she does get the odd lead it really helps to break up the album and keep you interested.
I think as much as I am loving the Suburbs, it does suffer from having too many tracks where Win's voice stands alone for the majority of the song. More backing from Regine and the rest of the band, still used sparingly, could have given more energy to a few of the songs that, although really good, feel slightly tiresome and drag.
It all seems a little bit insubstantial. Most of the songs she takes lead vocals on tend to float by inoffensively, but don't really grab in the same way as Win's.
Sprawl II is an exception. But I think that'd be better if Win took lead vocals.
reminds me of mew's 'and the glass handed kites' in that the first couple songs released for the album really sounded disappointing, but they all work perfectly in the context of the album.
im not a fan of regines vocals. and i know thats vulgar.
"This is another 2010 example of a Boss-indebted band (see also: the National and Titus Andronicus) making epic outpourings of modern disillusionment and disappointment for people who can commiserate and return to fretting about their jobs and bank accounts once the house lights go up."
SO ALL OVER THIS
It's really weird how AF were actually one of the first of the indie bands to be like, "Hey, Springsteen is actually RLY GR8", but are one of the last to make an album that actually sounds Springsteenesque.
Huge fan of Arcade Fire, finishing up a new fan site http://SoArcadeFire.com