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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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Businessmen drink my blood Like the kids in art school said they would And I guess I'll just begin again You say can we still be friends If I was... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  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: 4 out of 125
  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. Apr 15, 2014
    10
    The best album of Arcade Fire. Obviously. I mean, the only reason I'd listen to Neon Bible is to wait for No Cars Go and Intervention toThe best album of Arcade Fire. Obviously. I mean, the only reason I'd listen to Neon Bible is to wait for No Cars Go and Intervention to suddenly pop up into the stereo. But The Suburbs is a masterpiece that lingers around an atmosphere so magnetic it drags you to it like a vacuum. It's a cyclone, a tornado of some sort, where the boredom of wasting your time in the past and the boredom of wasting your time thinking about the past is reflected so much through the voices of both Win and Regine so immaculately and so perfectly. Sprawl II is a masterpiece, so is Empty Room (although short) and everything else! Definitely deserves all the awards and Grammys it fished out of the lake. Expand
  3. Aug 16, 2010
    10
    After seeing them on the Daily Show, i was amazed by what i heard. Anyone in their right minds would love this album. In any means, a pureAfter seeing them on the Daily Show, i was amazed by what i heard. Anyone in their right minds would love this album. In any means, a pure masterpiece. Expand
  4. Aug 19, 2010
    10
    I was not totally convinced when I first heard this album but it has grown on me tremendously and it has been the only music I have listenedI was not totally convinced when I first heard this album but it has grown on me tremendously and it has been the only music I have listened to for weeks! This album comprehensively confirms Arcade Fire as one of the best bands of the 21st century (if they were not due that accolade already) Expand
  5. Feb 1, 2011
    9
    This is a great album! Every song paints a picture in my head while listening and there is a well balanced theme to all the songs. I feel likeThis is a great album! Every song paints a picture in my head while listening and there is a well balanced theme to all the songs. I feel like this is their best album to date and a wonderful album! Expand
  6. Aug 10, 2010
    9
    This is a very solid effort;Arcade Fire's sound keeps evolving and this album proves it. My two favorites right now are Sprawl 2 & Half LightThis is a very solid effort;Arcade Fire's sound keeps evolving and this album proves it. My two favorites right now are Sprawl 2 & Half Light I. The former is poppy and sugary-sweet, while the latter is hypnotic and trippy. 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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