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Definitely my favourite Arcade Fire album. Who's with me?
mostly meh, eh or err
What have they done to you Sion?
The rest being discarded as being a bit mid-paced and mediocre. Same story as the previous two albums really.
City With No Children and Rococo are two of my favourite songs this year mind.
apart from Modern Man and Roccoco which I really can't stand...
Nowhere near as good as Funeral though.
Particularly if you split it up into the 4 LP sides. I would say Funeral just pips it, but it's a tough comparison.
a pretty excellent album.
their worst album
One of the best of the year, Sprawl II is brilliant. They'll probably never top Funeral but that's OK.
It's elegant and for the most part quite understated yet still packs an emotional punch. It's not Funeral, but then it doesn't try to be, and I'm quite happy with that.
Quite possibly album of the year too.
drops off it bit after that then there's a couple of good songs in the middle, followed by a couple of not so good ones, although it does end quite nicely.
I only got it on Saturday though. I probably shouldn't be in this thread
For my money, I'm undecided - haven't listened enough yet.
apart from that one dud track, i feel like the group took a very smart approach to the making of this record. i wasn't expecting to enjoy it half as much as i have been, especially after the earnestly dull bombast that was NB. but they've reigned it all in a notch, and for that i think they've become an even better band.
Because Win Butler is many things, but good lyricist isn't one of them. Disliking AF songs for their pompous lyrics isn't a very sound strategy, especially when the actual music is as swishingly good as on Rococo.
so long as you're not an instrumental band, you are eligible to be judged by your lyrics, regardless of how 'swishingly good' your music might be.
but it doesn't void them. those lame words'll still be there, irking your ears.
I'm not really a lyrics person myself - I hate nearly everyone's lyrics equally - so I'm generally free to just judge things on the music itself. Including the clunky ones on Rococo
lyricists nowadays seem average in the extreme. great wordsmiths, ie; tom waits, nice cave, jay-z et al are few and far between. a highly lamentable situation. but that said, so long as 'severe clunkiness' can be avoided, pop music doesn't need Byron penning the words to make it great.
I love Rococo and barely notice the lyrics.
but it's one of the best on the album musically, I think. Those strings and keyboards...
I have nothing useful to add.
Although, it's true that it's not as good as Funeral. Some really good individual songs on it. The Sprawl II is definitely one of my favourite tracks of the year.
love the title track, but Ready to start just irritates me as do several other songs. Maybe it'll grow on me, but i have very little desire to keep listening to it. Funeral wasn't an instant hit with me but there was enough there to keep me coming back and then it clicked, I can't see that happening with this one
Certainly bottom of the Arcade Fire pile for me
I find myself unable to dip in and out and listen to the odd track. It really is one of those albums that works best as a whole, and so when I do put it on (which is pretty damn often), I always find myself listening to it from start to finish.
Am I missing something? I'm missing something aren't I.
maybe even enjoying it more than Funeral. certainly much much more enjoyable than Neon Bible
This does actually work by the way folks, in case like me you hadn't bought it yet!
could lose one or two tracks, but it's mostly excellent.
I think it's a wonderful record. Maybe a couple of songs are skippable, but out of 16, that's terrific.
One of those albums, where you listen to one great song and then another gem comes on and you think 'YES!"
Even the mid tempo 'boring' ones I think are slow-burning corkers. Basically, they've redeemed themselves after Neon Bible. It's still not quite as good as Funeral, but I wouldn't be surprised if they never top that record.
I originally would've said about 8/10. I'd go for 7/10 now the dust has settled. Maybe 7.5/10. I haven't given it a full run through in about a month though, so I'll have to do that to make a proper reassessment. Always thought it was their weakest album and that impression hasn't changed.
but there's no denying there are a lot of great tunes on the album. I still think Funeral pips it to the post.
(in the middle)
the penultimate track is superb though (mountains beyond mountains?)
trim one or two tracks and it'd be even better. And Sprawl II is one of the songs of the year - Arcade Fire gone disco (and much better than that sounds on paper). Next time, please get Regine to sing more guys!
funeral>EP=The Suburbs>>>>neon bible
i was glad for the departure from the overwraughtness (is that even a word?) of neon bible.
Number 15 is probably the best song. Its catchy and upbeat and I very much enjoy that one. I really can't stand Rococo. I just skip that one now, its just annoying. Apart from that its okay. I wouldn't say its the greatest album of the year but its OK.
I just listen to it in the car so I just see numbers.
My favourate of theirs which i didnt think it was when it came out, Songs which have changed my mind and grown on me - Suburban War, Ready to start, Deep Blue. We used to Wait might be my song of the year. awesome stuff. counting down the days till they play glasgow!!
is one of my favourite songs for years. I get withdrawal symptoms if I dont play it at least once a day.
The rest varies from pretty dull (Sprawl 1), irritating (Modern man - the messed up rhythm ruins the song for me, way too dominating) and superb (Sprawl II and title track) with a lot of good inbetween
A lot of the other tracks don't really excite me in any way like some of their earlier releases (i.e. Funeral and the E.P.)
I really regret not seeing them Live when I really loved everything they had released.
Edited my response accidentally
Should have read that I love The Sprawl pt2, We Used to Wait and City with No Children but hate Modern Man and Rococco at the start of this^
I think one of the reasons why it initially comes across as a little dull is due to the rather plodding and samey drumming.
quite a bit.
Really wish it didn't have Month Of May on it though. Would be just that so much better without that song stuck in the middle (or anywhere on that album).
people are complaining its too boring/one paced and some people complain that there is a rock song in there that is much faster/different to the rest!
Personally though I love Month of May and couldn't imagine the album without it.
For the record, I'd drop, half light 1, deep blue, sprawl 1, maybe wasted hours, but I kinda like that.
Sounded pretty great as part of their Reading encore this year.
Sufjan Stevens, Avett Brothers (think I and Love and You was this year?), John Legend and The Roots and ScienZe as my favourite record of the year so far.
But now I really like it. It's not a patch on the first two though, but then I didn't expect it to be.