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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 126
  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 18, 2010
    10
    If you listen to the album in its entirety, without skipping over tracks or stopping, you might just understand how great this work of art is.If you listen to the album in its entirety, without skipping over tracks or stopping, you might just understand how great this work of art is. Forget about breaking it down and analyzing each song, just press play and away you'll go. 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. Apr 21, 2011
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Following on from the emotion of Funeral and the menace of Neon Bible, The Suburbs sees The Arcade Fire take another turn in a different direction. Their first two albums were confrontational as is The Suburbs although it may not appear so at first. It looks at modern day life but from many different approaches. A parent observes that the expectation and excitement in "waiting" is gone, "there's something that don't feel right" about living in a daily routine, the horror of leaving a place and returning to find it completely changed and that all the "kids are standing with their arms folded tight" are just a few of the issues raised. A large band means many instruments and could often lead to an overcrowded, overdone sound. Not in the the case of The Arcade Fire. They're all placed brilliantly and contain the feel the band is trying to create perfectly. The Suburbs is passionate, deep and meaningful and creates a confronting scene and something to think hard about.
    Best tracks:
    The Suburbs
    Modern Man
    Suburban War
    We Used To Wait
    Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
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  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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