Monday, 28 December 2009

Noughties #72: Arcade Fire "Neon Bible" (Merge, 2007)

Arcade Fire, from Montreal, hit it critically large with their debut full length, Funeral in 2004. All eyes were watching the follow up, and with Neon Bible, they didn't disappoint. While it is not quite as compositionally playful as the first record, it is solid and unwaving in its content. Many of the tracks are built on a marching dirge. Interwoven melodies, and strong lyrical progression push the album on through political and contempory themes. I guess you might describe Arcade Fire as the flag bearers for the current Canada scene of indie rock stars, and they follow the mould of many contemporary bands by employing the talents of a multitude of musicians, some of whom are resposible for worthy projects in their own right (refer to Final Fantasy, who will appear higher in this list).

Highlights: fire - intervention fire - windowsill (live) fire - no cars go

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