Arcade Fire
The Suburbs


4.5
superb

Review

by sulky USER (3 Reviews)
March 27th, 2011 | 24 replies | 4,354 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: shots from the hippo.

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

Here
Are my place and time
And here in my own skin
I can finally begin
Let the century pass me by
Standing under night sky
Tomorrow means nothing

I was only a child then
Feeling barely alive when
I heard a song from the speaker of a passing car
And prayed to a dying star
The memory's fading
I can almost remember singing la, la la, la la la la
La la, la la, la la la la

We watched the end of the century
Compressed on a tiny screen
A dead star collapsing and we could see
That something was ending
Are you through pretending
We saw its signs in the suburbs

You could never have predicted
That he could see through you
Kasparov, Deep Blue, nineteen-ninety six
Your mind's pulling tricks now
The show is over so take a bow
We're living in the shadows la, la la, la la la la
La la, la la, la la la la

La la, la la, la la la la
La la, la la, la la la la
La la, la la, la la la la
La la, la la, la la la la

Hey
Put the cellphone down for a while
In the night there is something wild
Can you hear it breathing?
And hey
Put the laptop down for a while
In the night there is something wild
I feel it, it's leaving me

La la, la la, la la la la
La la, la la, la la la la
La la, la la, la la la la
La la, la la, la la la la


user ratings (1872)
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3.9
excellent
other reviews of this album
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  • Cragorio (4)
    Being trapped in the suburbs isn't necessarily a bad thing....

    urnamz2longfixit (4)
    Cut the lights, crawl into your bed, play this and enjoy....

    YetAnotherBrick (5)
    Arcade Fire's The Suburbs is a near-flawlessly put together concept album, revolving aroun...

    Alec Martin (5)
    Is it Album of the Year? Hell yes....

  • NigelH (5)
    2009, 2010. Wanna make a record how I felt then....

    Chris Baranowski (4)
    Both timeless and contemporary, urgent and meditative, The Suburbs is an important step fo...

    Chris Davanzo (4)
    Arcade Fire tries yet again to escape the "Neighborhoods."...

    rmill3r (4)
    The Suburbs is beautiful and grand, just like you'd expect from them so far. It may come d...

  • Ciaran McManus (4)
    Although at times it loses itself, The Suburbs is an immersive and rewarding experience...

    Mike Madden (4)
    Yet another excellent record from the "indie heroes."...

    Dominic Mercurio (4)
    An album with heart. It’s not drastically different from their previous work, but feels...

    WoebegoneWanderer (2)
    The inevitable fall, the sound of a band losing its direction and personality. Altogether,...

  • robin EMERITUS (3.5)
    how you gonna lift it with your arms folded tight?...

    Tyler Fisher EMERITUS (4)
    Win Butler’s open letter to the white suburban kid works like a baseball bat to the head...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2011



23613 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's a good review, but you should probably avoid a track-by-track style in the future.

Sprawl II is the best song off this album, so gee dee good

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sulky
March 27th 2011



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I felt compelled to brandish a track by track account.

This album is a masterpiece and I felt it needed to be fully laid out on the operating table.

iFghtffyrdmns
March 27th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

needs moar reviews.

quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock

sooo lovely

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2011



23613 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yah fair enough. it was a well worked approach, it's just frowned upon sometimes. I thought it was good though.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2011



23613 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

(you have the hardest username to shorten...hmmm)
@ iFght - honestly one of my favourite lyrics.
they heard me singing and they told me to stop
quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock


so cash

iFghtffyrdmns
March 27th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yes I'm quickly learning that with people's butchered attempts to abbreviate my name, such as:
ifgtdemons
ifgh
fightoffyourdemons
fghtyourdemons
fightingoffdemons
JesseLaceyFanboyTwat
ifgtoffyrdemons
etc...

should have just gone with my original idea of Herpes

sulky
March 27th 2011



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I thought your name stood for;

I fight for your doritos...



iFghtffyrdmns
March 27th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sulky, I am going to be audibly laughing at that one for a good ten minutes.
Thanks for that.


gahahaha fucking doritos, that's classic. MASSIVE review by the way, can't lie and said I read it all but what I did read seemed pretty thorough (in a good way), though track by tracks are never really a good idea...


mallen-
March 27th 2011



1235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is a really good track-by-track

Digging: The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

iFghtffyrdmns
March 27th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It seriously is, as much as I hesitate to say it. I love the description for "Ready to Start" haha

sulky
March 27th 2011



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@mallen
@Ifightforyourdoritos

I really appreciate it, thanks.

NigelH
March 27th 2011



1571 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice review, I don't usually like track by tracks but this was actually an interesting one. One question though: Where is "Wasted Hours"?

sulky
March 27th 2011



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hideous mistake on my part... Sorry and thank you NigelH.

I deserve several moist-leather lashings; but it might be surpassable if this sweaty past-time was to
fuelled by The Velvet Underground's 'White Light/White Heat LP.'

But truthfully, I made a mistake. I shall mend it. But I can't at this moment as I have a date with a
biological necessity.

iFghtffyrdmns
March 27th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

a date with a biological necessity

defecating?
urinating?
copulating?
gestating?
whateverthebigwordforstickingyourthumbupyourrectumis'ing?


c'mon man now I'm interested!

balcaen
March 27th 2011



3183 Comments


boring band is boring. i do not understand what is so special about these hipsters banging away in simple time at the same tempo for over an hour. they are gay versions of bruce springsteen.

this is a nice review though.

xfearbefore
March 28th 2011



1192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Gay versions of Bruce Springsteen? WAT

Still one of my favorites from 2010. The first four tracks and Sprawl II are absolutely stunning. Rest of the album is good, but those tracks in particular are just crazy good.

Good review, but yeah like everyone else said most people really dislike track-by-track reviews.

Digging: Ultravox - Vienna

sulky
March 28th 2011



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@ifightfordoritos

'gestating?'

Am I showing already?

ihopeuchoke
March 28th 2011



667 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dude, you explained EVERY. SINGLE. TRACK. And it was much more thorough than I needed. Also, hardly anything about the music other than the lyrics were talked about in the review.

sulky
March 28th 2011



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

How can a review be too thorough?

Longwinded yeh, thorough no.

Reviews should be thorough.

ihopeuchoke
March 28th 2011



667 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I disagree. It's like having some good nachos. You want there to be a lot of cheese. But if they put on so much cheese that you have more cheese than chips, it's not so good.

Stupid analogy aside. It's FINE longwinded, I just got really sick of reading it. But that's probably just me pms'ing





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