Suburbs

Suburbs

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by Arcade Fire
     
 

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Written, arranged, performed and produced by the Arcade Fire and co-produced by Markus Dravs, The Suburbs was recorded around Montreal and New York over the past two years. The Arcade Fire's 2004 debut Funeral featured strongly in Album of the Decade Polls around the world including NME, Pitchfork, Guardian, Mojo, and Rolling Stone.See more details below

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Written, arranged, performed and produced by the Arcade Fire and co-produced by Markus Dravs, The Suburbs was recorded around Montreal and New York over the past two years. The Arcade Fire's 2004 debut Funeral featured strongly in Album of the Decade Polls around the world including NME, Pitchfork, Guardian, Mojo, and Rolling Stone. Their 2007 follow-up Neon Bible, debuted number two in the U.S. Both records were nominated for Best Alternative Album Grammys. From the Label

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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 Régine 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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2010
Label:
Merge Records
UPC:
0673855038520
catalogNumber:
50385
Rank:
16803

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Tracks

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

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Arcade Fire   Primary Artist
Colin Stetson   Saxophone
Ben Russell   Strings
Owen Pallett   Strings
Pietro Amato   French Horn
Jeremy Gara   Group Member
Régine Chassagne   Group Member
Richard Reed Parry   Strings,Group Member
Tim Kingsbury   Group Member
Will Butler   Group Member
Caleb Burhans   Strings
Sarah Neufeld   Strings,Group Member
Rob Moose   Strings
Clarice Jensen   Strings
Nadia Sirota   Strings
Yuki Numata   Strings
Marika Shaw   Strings

Technical Credits

Markus Dravs   Producer
Mark Lawson   Engineer
Don Murnaghan   Engineer
Owen Pallett   String Arrangements
Arcade Fire   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Marcus Paquin   Engineer
Vincent Morisset   Art Direction
Noah Goldstein   Engineer

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