Oh, just kidding. I’m not that big of a music snob.
But, it is definitely a big day for Arcade Fire, their label Merge, and big indie pop in general. Yes, the little indie band from Montreal now has the number one album in the land. It’s kind of the expected progression for the band as their debut album “Funeral” won over the critics, “Neon Bible” hit the charts and cemented the band as a lead act, and now, the hyped up “The Suburbs” gets to numero uno.
This has nothing to do with the fact that it is #1 on Billboard but, I’m not a 100% fan of the new album. It’s just too damn long. There are plenty of great tunes but it just feels like overkill. There are a few songs that even after several listens, I know I have skipped about midway through. I just…don’t like the tracks with Regine Chassagne on lead vocals. I know that she is adored by many but it seems to me that when Win Butler isn’t singing, the album pulls the emergency break on any and all momentum.
It’s still a damn good album and I think I like it more than “Neon Bible”. It jumps into my freshly minted List Of 2010 Albums That Are So Good You Should Listen To Them Because They Are So Good In 2010:
5. Arcade Fire, “The Suburbs”
4. Wolf Parade, “Expo 86”
3. Broken Social Scene, “Forgiveness Rock Record”
2. Local Natives, “Gorilla Manor”
1. The National, “High Violet”
In an effort to become the first classic indie rocker, Peter Gabriel will record and release an album full of covers in 2010. It’s called “Scratch My Back” and it will allegedly feature songs by noted indie rockers Bon Iver, Magnetic Fields, Radiohead, and the Arcade Fire.
I’m mildly interested in hearing Gabriel’s version of Bon Iver’s “Flume” and Arcade Fire’s “My Body Is A Cage”. I’m much more interested in watching Gabriel freak out a bunch of monkeys and wear strange facepaint.
Today’s album is the great 2004 Arcade Fire album “Funeral”. This has become one of my favorite albums and I probably give it a go once a month. There isn’t really a skippable tune in the bunch…but “Haiti” comes closest.
This is an album that pulls off the rare feat of defeating those who want to listen to a track or two here and there. Every song flows so gracefully into the next that if I pick one song to listen to, say “Wake Up”, I’ll get half way through it and then have the overwhelming desire to just listen to the album all the way through.
Sounds like: Talking Heads, Modest Mouse
Best tracks: “Rebellion (Lies)”, “Wake Up”, “Neighborhood 3 – Power Out”
It’s a day late and a dollar short but I had to post the trailer for “Where The Wild Things Are”. There have been so many rumors about this movie that it’s tough to form an opinion about it. If the footage that Warner Brothers saw and disliked was anything from this trailer, those studio guys are on drugs…because this movie looks incredible.
Also, using “Wake Up” by the Arcade Fire is inspiring. It’s actually not the same version from their album “Funeral”, it was specifically re-recorded for this movie. It gives me chills.