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The second album from Montreal's Arcade Fire exceeds all expectations. With string and orchestral arrangements by two of the band members, "Neon Bible" is full of both half-assed punk rock mistakes and meticulously orchestrated woodwinds. Processed strings and mandolin. Quiet rumbles and loud rumbles. But mostly just eleven songs that the band thinks are really good.
For their second full-length, the Montreal-based seven-or-eight-piece Arcade Fire show themselves capable of Big Rock, as original, and as potentially marquee-topping as TV on the Radio and Sigur Ros. Regardless, the intentional murkiness of these pleasantly anthemic New Wave dirges makes it sound as if the music has already reverberated through a crowded cement stadium. Named after cult author John Kennedy Toole's first novel, Neon Bible is smart and subtle enough to present itself as a personal discovery for every listener, every word to be pored over by fans (as with those of Tori Amos, Pavement, and Radiohead). Surely, lines like "The sound is not asleep/ It's moving under my feet" have already been scribbled onto the margins of countless textbooks. Such words are delivered with less intensity this time, but no less import. For vocal influences, lead singer Win Butler seems to have traded his '80s Bowie in for an '80s Springsteen, at least on the songs "Antichrist Television Blues" and "Windowsill" (though "Intervention" sounds an awful lot like '80s era Go-Betweens). The kitchen sink arrangements include the use of an Eastern European orchestra, pipe organ, hurdy gurdy, and a military choir. --Mike McGonigal
I enjoy this the most of all Arcade Fire albums...... but enjoyment is subjective.Published 1 month ago by Al
Couldn't get into Reflektor but I love any other Arcade Fire.Published 1 month ago by Chuck Pheltnic
I hated "Neon Bible" the first time I heard it. I liked Arcade Fire, I was jamming to quite a few of their tunes, but something about "Neon Bible" really put me... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Chris
I bought this without listening to any of it. And I'm not a fan. I like the way they experiment with some of their songs, but it's not easy on the ears at all. Read morePublished 4 months ago by E.M. McGrath
This is without a doubt one of my favorite albums of all time. It boldly, and cleverly addresses very sensitive subjects with intelligent lyrics and combines them with their own... Read morePublished 4 months ago by jordan
Arcade Fire has been one of my most favorite bands since the Funeral album. I had ordered CD of this years ago and recently lost it. So I could not do without - reordered as MP3. Read morePublished 6 months ago by NBTT
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|My Body Is a Cage||
this is going to sound weird---but the chord progression reminds me just a bit of "the House of the Rising Sun"....
probably not what you had in mind, but........
Apr 17, 2007 by Daniel E. Fox | See all 6 posts
|Awesome "sophomore" record||
I would have to agree. I feel it is a good album, by far, but the style has changed and I can't feel the energy and emotion that "Funeral" had. This feels much more organized and intentionally less raw. I would have to say it's a bit more accessible than "Funeral", which took... Read More
Feb 21, 2007 by Vanessa Konopasek | See all 3 posts
|It's Just OK.||
Yeah, I agree with both of you. It's not the best record ever (that honor would go the Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, which I know I'm going to get intensely flamed for), it's definetly a better overall record than Funeral. It's very different, however. And that's the... Read More
May 26, 2007 by Catherine Rubsam | See all 5 posts
|Does anyone else think that this is the next great Talking Heads album?||
I can't hear a parallel between the two (and I'm quite the Talking Heads fan) but yeah, it's a keeper.
Mar 18, 2007 by Jeffrey Thames | See all 17 posts
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