Funeral

User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 859 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 37 out of 859

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  1. casimirp
    Nov 5, 2005
    3
    Someday, singers will again be required to be able to sing. Meanwhile, this is at least not as irritating as Antony and the Johnsons.
  2. joeK
    Mar 7, 2007
    0
    this album is rated way too high for something so bad
  3. fetusn.
    Aug 13, 2007
    1
    overrated by far. not worth a penny
  4. BernieB
    Jun 14, 2005
    3
    I must really not get it, or perhaps this is just the bandwagon to jump on, but to me there is something seriously lacking with Funeral. Three maybe four decent tracks, but the rest I'd skip. Overall, not worth my time, not the album of the year, and certainly not the best Canadian indie-rock band. (Most of those records don't even get released stateside. I guess we Americans I must really not get it, or perhaps this is just the bandwagon to jump on, but to me there is something seriously lacking with Funeral. Three maybe four decent tracks, but the rest I'd skip. Overall, not worth my time, not the album of the year, and certainly not the best Canadian indie-rock band. (Most of those records don't even get released stateside. I guess we Americans have a jones for mediocrity?) Expand
  5. erikk
    Jul 31, 2005
    1
    saw them on conan and sounded good but straining vocals make almost unlistenable. seriously. as much hype as the rapture and twice as disappointing. save your indie money for spoon, stellastarr, bsp...
Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Marred by indie-rock clichés and occasional over-effort, it remains frustrating.