- 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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|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|
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
May 3, 2014With 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
Aug 18, 2010If 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
Aug 19, 2010I 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
Apr 21, 2011This 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.
We Used To Wait
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)… Expand
Aug 10, 2010This 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
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
|Motomami - Rosalía|
|Supernova - Nova Twins|
|Renaissance - Beyoncé|
|Prince & the Revolution: Live [Remastered] - Prince and the Revolution|
|Florist - Florist|
|Heart Under - Just Mustard|
|Feeding the Machine - Binker & Moses|
|Riderless Horse - Nina Nastasia|
|Dear Scott - Michael Head & the Red Elastic Band|
|Proof - BTS|
|Big Time - Angel Olsen|
|Forever on My Mind - Son House|
|Colder Streams - The Sadies|
|Last Night in the Bittersweet - Paolo Nutini|
|This Is a Photograph - Kevin Morby|
|For You Who Are the Wronged - Kathryn Joseph|
|Jack in the Box - J-Hope|
|Electricity - Ibibio Sound Machine|
|Wet Leg - Wet Leg|
|LIFE ON EARTH - Hurray for the Riff Raff|