Funeral - Arcade Fire
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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 337
  1. IS
    Dec 30, 2004
    My vote for album of the year.
  2. MarkL
    Oct 2, 2005
    One of the best albums of the last decade.
  3. DanC
    Apr 14, 2005
    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. VincentH
    Mar 20, 2007
    A masterpiece...pure and simple. I would definitely argue that Arcade Fire are the most powerful and brilliant indie pop band since Neutral Milk Hotel. The lyrics, the melodies, the varied and precise instrumentation, the messiness, the honesty, the emotion...Arcade Fire makes the kind of music that can make you weep if you let it, and you should. Expand
  5. Nov 10, 2011
    Phenomenal album: in the five months I've had it, I've barely been able to find a single flaw: each song is unique and beautifully crafted, all with fantastic instrumentation and moving, relatable lyrics. It's a truly life-changing set of ten tracks; I'd recommend it to anyone with working ears. Expand
  6. Nov 14, 2013
    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. joeK
    Mar 7, 2007
    this album is rated way too high for something so bad

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