- 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.
- Record Label: Merge
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock
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Q MagazineThey may well have delivered their masterpiece. [Sept. 2010, p. 110]
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.
Aug 13, 2010"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
Jun 8, 2013This 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.… Expand
LukassPAug 8, 2010Pure Genius! This album blows me away every time! I was brought to tears by the second song my first listen.
Aug 19, 2010This 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
Sep 14, 2010This 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.… Expand
Aug 9, 2010These 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
Apr 4, 2011Not 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
Published: February 10, 2011Do the most deserving artists get nominated? Do the best nominees win? We take a look at the current nominees (including Album of the Year contender Arcade Fire) and past winners in several key Grammy Award categories to find out.
Published: January 11, 2011Spoiler alert: Kanye West had the best-reviewed album of 2010. But which other releases impressed critics last year? We run down the 40 highest-scoring albums, and also examine the best releases of the year in various categories.
Published: January 10, 2011Our users have spoken, the votes have been tallied, and we have your picks for the best of 2010 in movies, games, TV, and music. Don't expect another victory for Kanye West or The Social Network; Metacritic users had something else in mind.
Published: December 6, 2010Throughout the next two months, we'll be tracking the year-end Top Ten lists published by various music sites, magazines, and more. Find out which albums are currently in the running for best album of the year.
Awards & Rankings
|Lemonade - Beyoncé|
|1971-1981 [Box Set] - Cluster|
|You Will Never Be One of Us - NAILS|
|Coloring Book [Mixtape] - Chance the Rapper|
|Centres - Ian William Craig|
|Close to the Noise Floor: Formative UK Electronica 1975-1984 [Box Set] - Various Artists|
|Vile Child - Milk Teeth|
|A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead|
|Upland Stories - Robbie Fulks|
|Puberty 2 - Mitski|
|Hollowed - Ital Tek|
|A Sailor's Guide to Earth - Sturgill Simpson|
|Strange Country - Kacy & Clayton|
|Love & Hate - Michael Kiwanuka|
|This Is Where I Live - William Bell|
|Nerissimo - Teho Teardo|
|Misadventures - Pierce the Veil|
|untitled unmastered. - Kendrick Lamar|
|Stranger to Stranger - Paul Simon|
|Midwest Farmer's Daughter - Margo Price|