The Suburbs

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  • Summary: The Montreal band return with their third studio album of soaring anthems and varied instrumentation, a pairing that has successfully secured their place as indie rock royalty.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. Q Magazine
    100
    They may well have delivered their masterpiece. [Sept. 2010, p. 110]
  2. With beats this straight and stolid, you'd better keep the anthems coming, and they do, almost.
  3. One of the 21st century's most intelligent and satisfying bands (musically, lyrically, emotionally) have once again set out their stall, and once again produced a work of inspired resonance, capturing truth after truth, in all its muddled, human realism.
  4. Even more so than its two predecessors, The Suburbs is an Arcade Fire album designed to be heard as a whole in a specific sequence.
  5. It's serious without being preachy, cynical without dissolving into apathy, and whimsical enough to keep both sentiments in line, and of all of their records, it may be the one that ages so well.
  6. The Suburbs ends on a dark, dystopian note with a little 90-second deconstruction of the title track, leaving you to wonder if the "screaming" alluded to earlier might not always be the joyful kind. That kind of ambiguity is what makes Arcade Fire's deceptively simple music all the more intriguing.
  7. It would help if the songs were better, but with all the up-and-down scales and chirp-chirp-chirpiness, the American Express commercial gradually gives way to a Riverdance special on pay-per-view.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 117
  1. Aug 13, 2010
    10
    "The Suburbs" is a masterpiece, possibly the greatest album so far of the 21st century. It's like a Martin Scorsese movie in the sense that"The Suburbs" is a masterpiece, possibly the greatest album so far of the 21st century. It's like a Martin Scorsese movie in the sense that there isn't a wasted second. Every detail has been meticulously crafted, from every musical note to every lyric. This album is as close to perfection as it gets. But it's so deep and nuanced and passionate and heartfelt that it takes time to peel off every layer to realize just how unbelievably substantive this album is. Arcade Fire comes as close to matching Bruce Springsteen during his heyday as we're ever likely to get. Expand
  2. Jun 8, 2013
    10
    This is a masterpiece on its own. Listening to it is like seeing the transition of the families from the suburbs to the big cities full ofThis is a masterpiece on its own. Listening to it is like seeing the transition of the families from the suburbs to the big cities full of "dead shopping malls". It's totally worth the listen.

    I won't say what my favorite tracks because this is supposed to be from beginning to end. It's a story and you shouldn't miss any chapter.
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  3. LukassP
    Aug 8, 2010
    10
    Pure Genius! This album blows me away every time! I was brought to tears by the second song my first listen.
  4. Aug 19, 2010
    10
    This album further cements Arcade Fire as the most important and best band of the millenium. There are many standout tracks on the album butThis album further cements Arcade Fire as the most important and best band of the millenium. There are many standout tracks on the album but listening to it in its entirety is the way to go because the whole exceeds the sum of its parts. Great work!! Expand
  5. Sep 14, 2010
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The third record of the Arcade Fire could not be better.
    This pack of songs is superb. Owners of a sound
    unique among his contemporaries, these Montreal group are the
    more interesting that has happened to indie rock on
    recent years. Always lovers of atmospheric strings and good arrangements, get immersed sensations
    on affordable formats. Deep without being
    complex, their stories are always interesting. Rock
    capital letters and that manages to combine popular
    with a well-designed art. Amazing.
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  6. Aug 9, 2010
    9
    These guys are getting better every album. I was inspired to buy this album on Amazon.com for $3.99 after watching the live concert onThese guys are getting better every album. I was inspired to buy this album on Amazon.com for $3.99 after watching the live concert on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/ArcadeFireVEVO Expand
  7. Apr 4, 2011
    0
    Not bad, if it wasn't of the sound quality. One of the most disappointing crap of all the music industry. Audiophiles, beware! Don't pay forNot bad, if it wasn't of the sound quality. One of the most disappointing crap of all the music industry. Audiophiles, beware! Don't pay for it. You will not have more sound quality from the CD than from a 128kbps mp3. I'm serious, but conscious that only few people will notice what I'm talking about... especially those who recorded the album. Expand

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