Suburbs

Performers Arcade Fire

Merge | August 3, 2010 | Compact Disc

5 out of 5 rating. 2 Reviews
Personnel: Rob Moose, Nadia Sirota, Clarice Jensen, Ben Russell, Yuki Numata, Marika Shaw, Richard Reed Parry, Owen Pallett, Caleb Burhans, Sarah Neufeld (strings).
Audio Mixers: Craig Silvey; Arcade Fire.
Recording information: Magic Shop, New York; Montr'al; Petite glise, Farnham; Public Hi-Fi, Austin; Studio Frisson, Montr'al.
Photographer: Gabriel Jones.
Arranger: Arcade Fire.
Montreal's Arcade Fire successfully avoided the sophomore slump with 2007's apocalyptic Neon Bible. Heavier and more uncertain than their near perfect, darkly optimistic 2004 debut, the album aimed for the nosebleed section and left a red mess. Having already fled the cold comforts of suburbia on Funeral and suffered beneath the weight of the world on Neon Bible, it seems fitting that a band once so consumed with spiritual and social middle-class fury, should find peace "under the overpass in the parking lot." If nostalgia is just pain recalled, repaired, and resold, then The Suburbs is its sales manual. Inspired by brothers Win and William Butler's suburban Houston, TX upbringing, the 16-track record plays out like a long lost summer weekend, with the jaunty but melancholy Kinks/Bowie-esque title cut serving as its bookends. Meticulously paced and conservatively grand, fans looking for the instant gratification of past anthems like "Wake Up" or "Intervention" will find themselves reluctantly defending The Suburbs upon first listen, but anyone who remembers excitedly jumping into a friend's car on a sleepy Friday night armed with heartache, hope, and no agenda knows that patience is key. Multiple spins reveal a work that's as triumphant and soul-slamming as it is sentimental and mature. At its most spirited, like on "Empty Room," "Rococo," "City with No Children," "Half Light II (No Celebration)," "We Used to Wait," and the glorious R'gine Chassagne-led "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)," the latter of which threatens to break into Blondie's "Heart of Glass" at any moment, Arcade Fire makes the suburbs feel positively electric. Quieter moments reveal a changing of the guard, as Win trades in the Springsteen-isms of Neon Bible for Neil Young on "Wasted Hours," and the ornate rage of Funeral for the simplicity of a line like "Let's go for a drive and see the town tonight/There's nothing do, but I don't mind when I'm with you," from album highlight "Suburban War." The Suburbs feels like Richard Linklater's Dazed & Confused for the Y generation. It's serious without being preachy, cynical without dissolving into apathy, and whimsical enough to keep both sentiments in line, and of all of their records, it may be the one that ages so well. ~ James Christopher Monger

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: August 3, 2010

Genre: Alternative

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2010

Label Name: Merge

UPC: 673855038520

save
13%

In Stock Hurry, only 3 left!

$12.99

Online Price

$14.99 List Price

or, Used from $8.88

eGift this item

Give this item in the form of an eGift Card.

+ what is this?

This item is eligible for FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25.
See details

Easy, FREE returns. See details

Check store inventory (prices may vary)

Reviews

– More About This Product –

Suburbs

Suburbs

Performers Arcade Fire

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: August 3, 2010

Genre: Alternative

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2010

Label Name: Merge

UPC: 673855038520


Title Track Time
1.Suburbs, The --
2.Ready to Start --
3.Modern Man --
4.Rococo --
5.Empty Room --
6.City with No Children --
7.Half Light I --
8.Half Light II (No Celebration) --
9.Suburban War --
10.Month of May --
11.Wasted Hours --
12.Deep Blue --
13.We Used to Wait --
14.Sprawl I (Flatland) --
15.Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) --
16.Suburbs [Continued], The --

Editorial Notes

Personnel: Rob Moose, Nadia Sirota, Clarice Jensen, Ben Russell, Yuki Numata, Marika Shaw, Richard Reed Parry, Owen Pallett, Caleb Burhans, Sarah Neufeld (strings).
Audio Mixers: Craig Silvey; Arcade Fire.
Recording information: Magic Shop, New York; Montr'al; Petite glise, Farnham; Public Hi-Fi, Austin; Studio Frisson, Montr'al.
Photographer: Gabriel Jones.
Arranger: Arcade Fire.
Montreal's Arcade Fire successfully avoided the sophomore slump with 2007's apocalyptic Neon Bible. Heavier and more uncertain than their near perfect, darkly optimistic 2004 debut, the album aimed for the nosebleed section and left a red mess. Having already fled the cold comforts of suburbia on Funeral and suffered beneath the weight of the world on Neon Bible, it seems fitting that a band once so consumed with spiritual and social middle-class fury, should find peace "under the overpass in the parking lot." If nostalgia is just pain recalled, repaired, and resold, then The Suburbs is its sales manual. Inspired by brothers Win and William Butler's suburban Houston, TX upbringing, the 16-track record plays out like a long lost summer weekend, with the jaunty but melancholy Kinks/Bowie-esque title cut serving as its bookends. Meticulously paced and conservatively grand, fans looking for the instant gratification of past anthems like "Wake Up" or "Intervention" will find themselves reluctantly defending The Suburbs upon first listen, but anyone who remembers excitedly jumping into a friend's car on a sleepy Friday night armed with heartache, hope, and no agenda knows that patience is key. Multiple spins reveal a work that's as triumphant and soul-slamming as it is sentimental and mature. At its most spirited, like on "Empty Room," "Rococo," "City with No Children," "Half Light II (No Celebration)," "We Used to Wait," and the glorious R'gine Chassagne-led "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)," the latter of which threatens to break into Blondie's "Heart of Glass" at any moment, Arcade Fire makes the suburbs feel positively electric. Quieter moments reveal a changing of the guard, as Win trades in the Springsteen-isms of Neon Bible for Neil Young on "Wasted Hours," and the ornate rage of Funeral for the simplicity of a line like "Let's go for a drive and see the town tonight/There's nothing do, but I don't mind when I'm with you," from album highlight "Suburban War." The Suburbs feels like Richard Linklater's Dazed & Confused for the Y generation. It's serious without being preachy, cynical without dissolving into apathy, and whimsical enough to keep both sentiments in line, and of all of their records, it may be the one that ages so well. ~ James Christopher Monger
Item not added

This item is not available to order at this time.

See used copies from 00.00
  • My Gift List
  • My Wish List
  • Shopping Cart