Neon Bible [Deluxe Edition]
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Neon Bible [Deluxe Edition]

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by Arcade Fire
     
 

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When Montreal's Arcade Fire released Funeral in 2004, it received the kind of critical and commercial acclaim that most bands spend their entire careers trying to attain. Within a year the group was headlining major festivals and sharing the stage with U2 and New York City's "two Davids" (Bowie and

Overview

When Montreal's Arcade Fire released Funeral in 2004, it received the kind of critical and commercial acclaim that most bands spend their entire careers trying to attain. Within a year the group was headlining major festivals and sharing the stage with U2 and New York City's "two Davids" (Bowie and Byrne), all the while amassing a devoted following that descended upon shows like sinners at a tent revival, engaging in the kind of artist appreciation that can easily turn to a false sense of ownership. On their alternately wrecked and defiant follow-up, Neon Bible, one can sense a bit of a Wall being erected (Win Butler's Roger Waters/Bruce Springsteen/Garrison Keillor-style vocal delivery notwithstanding) around the group. If Funeral was the goodbye kiss on the coffin of youth, then Bible is the bitter pint (or pints) after a long day's work. The brooding opener, "Black Mirror," with its sinister "Suffragette City"-inspired groove and murky refrain of "Mirror, Mirror on the wall/Show me where them bombs will fall," sets an immediate world-weary tone that permeates that majority of Neon Bible's Technicolor pages. As expected, those sentiments are amplified with all of the majestic and overwrought power that has divided listeners since the group's ascension to indie rock royalty, but despite a tendency toward midtempo balladry and post-fame cynicism, they're anything but dull. It's the triumphant orchestral remake of live staple "No Cars Go" and the infectious "Keep the Car Running" -- the latter sounds like a 21st century update of John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band's "On the Dark Side" -- that will most appeal to Funeral fans, and when the bottom drops out a minute and a half into the pipe organ-led "Intervention" and Butler wails "Who's gonna reset the bone," it's hard not get caught up in all of the dystopian fervor. "Black Wave/Bad Vibrations" and "The Well and the Lighthouse" continue the band's explorations into progressive song structures and lush mini-suites, the thunder-filled "Ocean of Noise" is reminiscent of Bossanova-era Pixies, and the stark (at first) closer "My Body Is a Cage" straddles the sawhorse of earnest desperation and classic rock & roll self-absorption so effortlessly that it demands to be either turned off or all the way up. Neon Bible takes a few spins to digest properly, and like all rich foods (orchestra, harps, and gospel choirs abound), it's as decadent as it is tasty -- theatricality has never been a practice that the collective has shied away from -- but there's no denying the Arcade Fire's singular vision, even when it blurs a little. [The 2007 Deluxe Edition

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Sia Michel
Phenomenal... [Neon Bible] is regal and beautiful, with mournful anthems and bombastic orchestration that suits the urgency of the lyrics.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2007
Label:
Merge Records
UPC:
0673855030029
catalogNumber:
50300
Rank:
36356

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Performance Credits

Arcade Fire   Primary Artist
Peter F. Drucker   Choir Conductor
Liza Rey   Harp
Istvan Sillô   Conductor
Colin Stetson   Brass
Jacob Valenzuela   Brass
Martin Wenk   Brass
Owen Pallett   Strings,Violin
Pietro Amato   Brass
Mélanie Auclair   Strings,Cello
Jeremy Gara   Group Member
Win Butler   Group Member
Régine Chassagne   Group Member
Richard Reed Parry   Group Member
Tim Kingsbury   Group Member
Will Butler   Group Member
Sarah Neufeld   Group Member
Markia Anthony Shaw   Strings,Viola
Shauna Callender   Vocals
Joanne Degand   Vocals
Chantel Gero   Vocals
Tasha Gero   Vocals
Edith Gruber   Brass
Margaret Gundara   Brass
Jake Henry   Brass
Laurent Ménard   Brass
Geoffrey Shoesmith   Brass
Andreas Stolzfus   Brass

Technical Credits

Markus Dravs   Engineer
Scott Colburn   Engineer
Owen Pallett   Orchestral Arrangements
Arcade Fire   Composer,Audio Production
Régine Chassagne   Orchestral Arrangements
Tracy Maurice   Director,Artwork
Olivier Groulx   Web Design
Renata Morales   Costume Design
Vincent Morisset   Web Design

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Neon Bible 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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dygunraider More than 1 year ago
Neon Bible is a good album it isn't however as good as "Funeral" or "The Suburbs" but is good nonetheless. Dont get me wrong the album has numerous highlights and great songs, but there is filler, and filler holds Neon Bible back from greatness. Now I know your thinking " Every album has filler" and this is true to some extent but there is a certain point at which it's too much I dont when, but if the Filler Fills there's to much filler . The song " Black Mirror" in particularly seems a particular waste the lyrics are alright but the song plays like something that was pieced together with care and love but the ingredients weren't good to start off with. And on that one song where Regine sings something about " We can make it if we run" or something like that, that might sound like a minor gripe but it is a gripe and that holds this album back. Though I would recommend it, just dont expect greatness.
TheHunter More than 1 year ago
A must-have album. Neon Bible is an invigorating escape from the mindless pop chatter clogging our thought processes. A medley with enthralling lyrics to investigate and the kind of noise you want to experience pulsating in your chest and wrenching at your gut. The Arcade Fire is a novelty that shouldn't be overlooked. BUY NOW.
Oklahomabooklady More than 1 year ago
If you are tired of listening to the same ole thing, you really need to give this group a chance. Excellent CD.
war_time_novelty More than 1 year ago
i have no favorite album when it comes to Arcade Fire. every album is equally as good as the last, yet every album steps into new and very brilliant terratory. arcade fire revisits some of the new-wave-ish sound that was on their first ep, but with bigger dynamic range and a maturity that far surpasses that of their garagy (but fantastic) first release. Neon Bible is the definition of Chamber-Pop in its truest form.
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I find myself disagreeing with the AMG review. I think album is actually more accessible then &amp quot Funeral&amp quot and a logical step forward for these Canadians to make. There's a retro-New Wave vibe going throughout the album yet the music has a fresh feel that doesn't seem like a retread or rehash of someone else or some style.