Arcade Fire – The Suburbs: Such an enormous album shouldn’t be taken for granted. It’s lazy to say that The Suburbs, Arcade Fire’s third full length album, is overrated and overhyped. The amount of work put into this record is undeniable and the payoff is an album that speaks like non-other released in the past few years. If anything, Suburbs spiritually plays like Sufjan Steven’s Illnoise. At times it’s translated as pretentious, long winded, and even repetitive; but those moments are few and ignored when one appreciates the importance of this album. The Springsteen-size of Empty Room shakes with sweet emotion, both Half Lights (I & II) generate a young U2-like awareness and instrumentation, and even the rolling pop sentiments of Month of May blast this record with a sense of joyousness and responsibility. I can’t help but enjoy this record at it’s fullest extent and if that’s a bad thing, I don’t want to know what’s good.
[mp3] Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) from The Suburbs (2010)