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Arcade Fire
Funeral


3.5
great

Review

by pixiesfanyo USER (118 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 55 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


On Funeral, The Arcade Fire turned these tales of heartbreak, death, and love into catchy, infectious pop songs. Win's vocals are a combination of Frank Black and Thom Yorke, having fun while still obtaining intensely high leverage, why the backing instruments create a sound scape My Bloody Valentine would envy.

Funeral opens with a 4 song cycle called "Neighborhood", "Laika" the second track is the highlight here. It's pounding drumbeat and accordion driven melody really give it a very original yet catchy feel. Win's vocals are very reminiscent of Isaac's from Modest Mouse. "Tunnels" the opener of the saga has a very dream like intro with pianos and strings that eventually breaks into a very danceable and catchy pop song when the synths and guitar exploded towards the end of the song. Track 3 and 4 of the "Neighborhood" are not as exceptional as the 2 tracks before them but they do present different musical styles in comparison to the "Laika" and "Tunnels".

After the "Neighborhood" saga, we get to what in my opinion is the most powerful song on the cd "Crown of Love" This song has a very simple piano intro and then some elegant strings to back it up in the later parts of it. Also in my opinion this is the peak of the lyrics with the lines "the only thing you keep changing is your name". The chorus is an incredible emotional experience and is great to sing along to. Towards the end of the song the synth comes in as the rest of the instruments speed up turning "Crown of Love" into an emotional dance melody. "Wake Up" the next track has some excellent singing but in my opinion is not a great follow up to "Crown of Love" which draws us into a very emotional state. In my opinion "Wake Up" is the weak point of the album, yet it does change the sadness of "Crown of Love" into a kind of pleasant mood for the listener. "Haiti" is the first track to feature Chassange on lead vocals, it is kind of a pleasant acoustic and key driven song, which later breaks into a very enjoyable xylophone I think? Part. I'm not sure what instrument is used by it sounds like a xylophone in my opinion.

"Rebellion (Lies)" is the 2nd best track on this album; I believe many people would enjoy this more than "Crown of Love" because of my emotional bias to "Crown of Love". But I will say this song rivals "Crown of Love" for best song of the album, it is just so infectiously catchy, the chorus "Every time you close your eyes" is brilliant as is the build up to it. I really think this is the song that defines what the band is trying to do musically. The closer "In the Back Seat" is not phenomenal l but is still a great closer to a great album.

All in all, The Arcade Fire's major label debut is a contender for the best album of the year. While it may not be the most intelligent, or the most complex cd of the year, it is one of those cds that consists of tons great songs that are fun to listen to. I can see an Arcade Fire concert being almost similar to a Flaming Lips concert, everybody just being happy and celebrating life. In my opinion with this album The Arcade Fire does that, celebrates the act the people they care about still being around and really pushing you to do the same.

3.5/5



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Mekkalayakay
December 4th 2004


167 Comments


I'm getting this album for christmas


:cool:

Good review. Nice paragraphs.

pixiesfanyo
December 4th 2004


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

;) nice ass cutie

Happymeal
December 4th 2004


330 Comments


If what you're saying is true, I'll buy this tomorrow. Short but sweet review

morrissey
Moderator
December 4th 2004


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I would definitely split it up into paragraphs it hurts my eyes :



Other than that, great review, you make me want to go buy it. And based on a comment you made a week or so ago, this band is already on my list of CDs to buy. So when Christmas rolls around, I will be able to tell you what I thought of it :thumb:



Good review anyways.

Tangy zizzle
December 4th 2004


253 Comments


There is no way in hell this is a 5/5. That is an absurd over-rating, even with a bias.

If you actually equate everything about it, it is definately an essential album, and one of (if not THE) best from 2004, but it does not reach classic standards.

Solid album. Fix up your paragraph(s) and then it'll be a cool review.

looozer
December 4th 2004


24 Comments


"Winís vocals are very reminiscent of Isaacís from Modest Mouse."
My thoughts exactly (on Laika).

My favorite track is probably "Une Annee Sans Lumiere" (track 3, which means "a year without light"). I'm not a big fan of "Crown of Love" myself. I think you did a pretty good job on the review except, as everyone else mentioned, there should be more paragraphs. I would describe this album as being "syrupy." It's thick and sweet and almost gooey with good feelings and beauty at some parts. Their music is definitely good, certainly beautiful, but only perhaps great. It will take time to see if it deserves such accolades.

ps - Merge is a major label?

pixiesfanyo
December 4th 2004


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There is no way in hell this is a 5/5. That is an absurd over-rating, even with a bias.




I was acutally kind of reluctant to give it a 5/5, so I changed it to a 4.4. It's one of the most solid albums I've heard in years and that's why I gave it such a high rating.

Sep
December 4th 2004


300 Comments


I need to check this out, as I love Isaac Brock's vocals. Great review too. :thumb:

morrissey
Moderator
December 4th 2004


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[QUOTE=****head2]who the hell is funeral[/QUOTE]



the Arcade Fire :rolleyes:

Zappa
December 4th 2004


355 Comments


This is a decent album. 3.5/5

looozer
December 6th 2004


24 Comments


This isn't relevant really, but I'm going to see them in January :D
And this is a good album too... I'll let you know how they are live.

Luxor
December 7th 2004


166 Comments


I think it's a 5/5. :confused:

I really like this album, been one of my favourites for a while.

Well_Respected_Man
December 7th 2004


75 Comments


Great reveiw I like them short and to the point. ;)

I'm downloading this right now.

Luxor
December 7th 2004


166 Comments


[QUOTE=Well_Respected_Man]Great reveiw I like them short and to the point. ;)

I'm downloading this right now.[/QUOTE]
LIES.

You're not even on Slsk. :mad:

Well_Respected_Man
December 7th 2004


75 Comments


I have other means of downloading music, sorry.

I ended up getting it from soulseek though.

Luxor
December 7th 2004


166 Comments


:p

Sep
December 8th 2004


300 Comments


Crown Of Love is a great song. You can hear and download it on www.purevolume.com/arcadefire.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
December 26th 2004


2126 Comments


Such a great album.

Tomahawk
December 26th 2004


124 Comments


This album is crazy overrated. It's nice, but it really doesn't live up to the hype. I'd give it something around 3/5.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
December 26th 2004


2126 Comments


I just agree with Tangy's post. I'd give it 4.5/5



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