Funeral - Arcade Fire
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90

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Universal acclaim- based on 680 Ratings

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  • Summary: The Montreal band founded by husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne make their full-length debut with this highly anticipated disc.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. 100
    “Funeral” is the sort of perfectly-realised record you’d hope from a band at the top of their game. For a debut release it’s unmatched in recent years. Hearing it is to wake from a black and white slumber and to view the world in widescreen Technicolour.
  2. One of the year's best already, by a mile.
  3. So long as we're unable or unwilling to fully recognize the healing aspect of embracing honest emotion in popular music, we will always approach the sincerity of an album like Funeral from a clinical distance. Still, that it's so easy to embrace this album's operatic proclamation of love and redemption speaks to the scope of The Arcade Fire's vision.
  4. It's so out of step with most indie rock it's as if it's been beamed from outer space. [Apr 2005, p.126]
  5. If I were to have just heard the first half of the disc, I probably would have proclaimed it the best of the year as well.
  6. Funeral aches with elegiac intensity.
  7. Marred by indie-rock clichés and occasional over-effort, it remains frustrating.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 333
  1. dan
    Dec 17, 2004
    10
    shame on you and the 10 generations that will follow your line if you don't BUY and OWN this cd i think i'm serious
  2. MarkL
    Oct 2, 2005
    10
    One of the best albums of the last decade.
  3. bobom
    Apr 4, 2005
    10
    The best Pop-Wave album of the decade.
  4. SeanV
    Mar 10, 2007
    10
    luv it, luv them
  5. Jul 22, 2011
    10
    One of my favorite albums of all time. It's best known for doing some seriously heavy lifting in the emotional department, but great melodies and fun songs like "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" and "Rebellion (Lies)" keep it from collapsing under its own weight, which makes songs like "Wake Up" all the more powerful. Expand
  6. Nov 14, 2013
    9
    A modern masterpiece and one of the crowning achievements of indie rock and baroque pop. "Neighbourhood #1 (Tunnels)" is a heartbreaking tale of separation played to a soundtrack of sensitive piano and chiming guitars. "Power Out" is an invigorating tale, "Wake Up" is a rousing stadium anthem on childhood, "Haiti" blends in Regine's foreign heritage with the English language perfectly, and "Rebellion (Lies)" is probably one of the singles of the decade. A must-own. Expand
  7. Jul 29, 2012
    0
    some great melodic swing without ever acheiving anything to make a track truly shine, with the exception of 'wake up' and 'in the back seat'. It tries to be inspirational but falls flat too often. Expand

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