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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
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: 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. May 3, 2014
    10
    With The Suburbs, Arcade Fire have ultimately cemented their place as one of the most multifariously talented, ingeniously experimental, andWith The Suburbs, Arcade Fire have ultimately cemented their place as one of the most multifariously talented, ingeniously experimental, and profoundly touching bands in musical history. The hour-long concept album does, quite surprisingly so, live up to its title and dedicates more or less every one of its songs to the suburbs, the emotions you feel growing up in them, and childhood and adolescence in general. Thus, such simple and mundane themes as learning to drive, wasting hours with your closest friends, and writing letters are addressed and actually make for phenomenal compositions, brimming with genuine sentiments and relatable stories of youth. But there are even more appealing features to the record, namely the ever gorgeous and quotable phrasing of the band, whether it’s about “the wilderness downtown”, “dead shopping malls [rising] like mountains beyond mountains”, or “[having] the ocean in a shell”. I’ve been in love with The Suburbs ever since I’ve first listened to its musical opulence and lyrical beauty and it’s certainly among my all-time favourite albums. Expand
  3. Aug 19, 2010
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I have no words, I'm not even gonna try. Simply an amazing album. Love it. 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 11, 2010
    9
    This is an excellent release from a band that continues to build a strong core repertoire of songs. Clearly a departure from darker subjectThis is an excellent release from a band that continues to build a strong core repertoire of songs. Clearly a departure from darker subject material of previous album releases, and a little more folk sounding as well. Really dig the brief foray into the 80's synth-pop sound a la Sprawl II and wish there was a bit more of it! 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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