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ALBUM – Funeral

ARTIST – Arcade Fire

YEAR – 2004

What can I say?  This is an overdue post.  This band’s been with me since their debut year, 2004; long time coming.  Should have posted about this album before.  Why I didn’t I can’t really say…

Here it is, though.  Arcade Fire.  After this 2004 recording, they exploded, playing all over the world and at major events.  Not surprising.  They are a talented bunch, and brave, too.  Talented you can assume I’m referring to their abilities with their instruments.  The braveness comes from “trying” something new out.  Their sound is like nothing I had heard before; drums, electric guitars, piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, xylophone, keyboard, French horn, accordion, hurdy gurdy, harp and mandolin, male and female vocals together, rock, opera-ish vibes and grandiose songs.  So, much respect for their bravery, putting together a bunch of talented musicians to play rock a slightly different way.

You know where they’re from, eh?!  EH?!  Yeah, Canada.  Coolest country ever.  I guess the diversity of the country is somewhat reflected in their music.  Whatever, let’s not get into that.  Music only, eh?!  Then you must put this on immediately.  Listen to it, all the way through.  See what you feel, what you hear; then, go back and listen to it all over again.  It’s that good.  Like squeezing a wet rag, you have to do it over and over again until you get all you want out.   This approach will allow for new sounds and perspectives to come to you.  All of the sudden, you’ll hear the drums, then a really cool accordion and right after that, when you’re listening to the album or a particular song again, it’ll hit you that you’re hearing things you hadn’t heard the first time around.

“Come on Alex, you can do it…”

This is most redudant, but I can’t stress this enough: all of the songs on this album are great.  It’s why I put the blog together in the first place (one of the main reasons).  A good friend of mine told me a while back that he’d not listened to a “good” album in a long time.  To be more specific, he mentioned Nirvana’s Nevermind as being the last album he considered “good”.  He then explained what he meant by “good” – and here’s where my imagination took hold and brought me, a long time after our talk, to this blog -, stressing that until that album, he’d listen to records all the way through and all the tracks would be good, decent.  It was a complete work of music, you see.  Not like what’s happening today, where only “singles” sell and the rest of the album sucks.  So, after that, I began my quest for records that had that appeal to me, that were “good”, by my friend’s definition.  Hence the redundancy.

Track 1, “Neighbourhood #1 (Tunnels)”.  Check out the lyrics, they’re pretty “cute”.  Great intro.  You get the feeling that the album will be great just from this song.  After you finish listening to it, you realise all the tracks have a mystical appeal; they all build up to a huge climax.  Creeping and crawling sometimes, in the beginning, the songs come together near the end for a full-on musical explosion.  Really cool.  It’s an exciting listen.  Track 2, “Neighbourhood #2 (Laika)” has a mellow introduction, one I enjoy very much, and a sort of chant of inspiration “Come on Alex, you can do it”.  I’m divided, however, between tracks 7 and 9, “Wake Up” and “Rebellion (Lies)”, respectively.  Both got to me; still do.  So, I’ll call it a tie.  They’re both anthems.  Hey, that’s a good way to describe Arcade Fire’s songs, anthemic.  Agree?  No?  Well, to me, it’s sort of like that; a spiritual experience.


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