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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. One of the best albums of the year, hands down.
  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. Not only are the songs uniformly excellent, they also show a mastery of the art of controlled dynamics, of tension and release, that most young bands ignore to pursue the catharsis of sustained intensity.
  4. 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.
  5. One of the year's best indie-rock albums. [3 Oct 2004]
  6. Marred by indie-rock clichés and occasional over-effort, it remains frustrating.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 341
  1. IS
    Dec 30, 2004
    10
    My vote for album of the year.
  2. MarkL
    Oct 2, 2005
    10
    One of the best albums of the last decade.
  3. DanC
    Apr 14, 2005
    10
    Simply one of the greatest of all time. Not to mention that it is their debut. But the album fails in comparison to their powerful carthatic Simply one of the greatest of all time. Not to mention that it is their debut. But the album fails in comparison to their powerful carthatic shows that will you speechless. Simply put this album is meant to change your fucking life. And it will. Expand
  4. Michael
    May 20, 2007
    10
    First, I hated it. Unlistenable. Then I realised all the nuances and violins and guitars and that majestic little solo burried in the third First, I hated it. Unlistenable. Then I realised all the nuances and violins and guitars and that majestic little solo burried in the third neighborhood and those last few lines from Régine. What an album. Expand
  5. Dec 14, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is my favorite album of the last decade, without any doubt! A true masterpiece! There isn´t much music out there that makes you wanna cry while listening. Expand
  6. Apr 9, 2014
    9
    Damn! What a great album. This really made a breakout in the music scene. After ''Funeral'' had come out, nothing was the same. All the albumDamn! What a great album. This really made a breakout in the music scene. After ''Funeral'' had come out, nothing was the same. All the album is built in order to reach ''Rebellion (lies)'', the masterpiece, THE song. Goosebumps. These are Arcade Fire. Great great album. Expand
  7. joeK
    Mar 7, 2007
    0
    this album is rated way too high for something so bad

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