Neon Bible
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Neon Bible

March 6, 2007

  Song Title
Black Mirror
Keep the Car Running
Neon Bible
Black Wave/Bad Vibrations
Ocean of Noise
The Well and the Lighthouse
(Antichrist Television Blues)
No Cars Go
My Body Is a Cage

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 6, 2007
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Total Length: 46:59
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  • ASIN: B000U7VTCG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,475 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Check your expectations at the door March 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
After one listen, I said to myself, "Wow this really lacks everything I loved about Funeral. I'll have to go on Amazon and write a review chiding this band for making an overproduced mess with murky vocals, poor songwriting, and way too much organ." (I know, there will be people on here who think "he should have stuck with his first instinct!!!"). But ANYWAY, I put the CD down for a few days and then thought I would give it another chance. OK, a little better, some of the songs starting to grow on me a bit, and hmmm....they really tried some interesting new things on here. I started reading some other reviews and realizing that I might be missing something, I listened to it a few more times. Wow, this is clearly not a remake of Funeral but it is something altogether different and unique and dark (let me stress dark---this is what you would call a pretty "heavy" album). I personally love it, and if you find some of the songs a bit slow and heavy, there is always the (very big) payoff of "No Cars Go" to look forward to (one of the finest Arcade Fire songs I have heard, by far). This is not an album to listen to once and make a judgment on it. Another reviewer/commenter on here has suggested that this is a copout---that I am trying to make myself accept this to be a good album by imploring others to listen to it more than once. I strongly disagree with this person (obviously)---some of my favorite CD's did not "blow me away" the very first time I heard them. In fact a truly complex and beautiful song will take its time to creep into your subconscious, but once it is there, it will never leave. Simple pop songs can "grab" you the first time---but complex art often takes a little time. Give this CD a chance if you enjoyed Funeral---it really is a worthy follow-up by a band which is not afraid to take a risk.
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91 of 112 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It would change Natalie Portman's Life March 9, 2007
By Seamus
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have to rush to be among the first 20 people to write about how this album will change your life and make you cry and sit down and write beautiful poems about completely abstract thoughts that you didn't even know you might have. [Insert more over-dramatic hyperbole here!]

The truth that there is no easy way to describe the Arcade Fire. There were hundreds of things written about them after their last album, and there will be hundreds more this time. There are comparisons to every genre and desperate attempts to lump them into some category when it's just not possible. Indie? Folk? Post-punk? Chamber-pop? None of them quite fit.

And that's the beauty of this album, as well as the first one. It defies categorization, yet it's excellent. This album isn't Funeral Part 2. There are some of the same elements--grandiose production, tons of instruments, etc. But there are also differences. This album is more of a "rock" album, if that makes any sense, where the last seemed to be more of an operatic piece. There's definitely no sophomore slump, it's just a slight change. But the important connection between both albums is that they seem effortless. It just sounds like people making good music without pretension and having a good time doing it. If you like bands like Stars or Wolf Parade, this will probably appeal to you. It might also remind you of early Cure, or early Radiohead, though it's not much like either one.

If you want to know if you'll like the album, check out the songs "No Cars Go," "Keep The Car Running," and "Intervention." Those are among the best on the album and they'll give you a good feel for how the whole thing sounds, but they also illustrate the diversity within.
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51 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's gonna reset the bones March 6, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Personally, I was terrified as I waited for the Arcade Fire's second album -- so many bands have made exquisite first albums, only to disappoint with the second.

But there are few missteps in the amazing "Neon Bible," which tries out a new sound for the Montreal band -- it sounds darker, eerier, and thoroughly exquisite. They take the chamberpop sound to a stormy cliffside over the ocean.

It opens with steady acoustic guitar, and a swell of windy synth that sounds like waves crashing on the rocks. "I will walk down to the ocean/After waking from the nightmare/No moon, no pale reflection/Black mirror, black mirror," Win Butler murmurs over a rising tide of clashing piano.

They slip into the shimmering rock'n'roll of "Keep The Car Running," which cascades down into a beautiful folky tune wrapped in synth. The songs that follow continue this feeling: the quietly taut title track, ghostly experimental, transcendent little guitar-piano ballads, soaring organ pop, and even a sparkling, catchy indiepop tune or two.

The Arcade Fire obviously took their time crafting this album, and making all the kind of intelligent rock people expect from them. But the sound is entirely different -- it's darker and stranger than its predecessor, as well as sounding a bit more processed.

Granted, I wasn't crazy about the pipe-organ blues of "Intervention." However, the other songs are sheer brilliance musically -- a beautiful thunderstorm of instrumentation, with the sound of a sonic religious experience. Just listen to the crescendo of soaring voices, drums, horns and strings at the end of "No Cars Go."

As for the instrumentation, it's packed in dense, shifting layers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Special Edition of an awesome Album
This is a great special edition of Neon Bible. Comes with a couple little animation flip-books, and a nice lenticular cover.
Published 1 month ago by Simply Cinema
5.0 out of 5 stars About CD "Tales of Librarian."
I very much love Tori Amos. So much so that I sent this one "Tales of a Librarian" to my daughter. And she has not said anything about the gift so I assume she liked it.
Published 1 month ago by Brian L. Bonicamp
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Funeral (In my opinion)
Funeral was great! Neon Bible is insane! The lyrics to this album give me chills, they are the dark, meaningful and emotional! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jake
3.0 out of 5 stars Good album but bad vinyl...
I give a good 5 stars for the music, Arcade Fire second album is one of their best. BUT the vinyl release is poorly made. Read more
Published 2 months ago by vinnievince37
5.0 out of 5 stars Different in a Good way
Album is worth it just for (Antichrist Television Blues). Multi-instrument ensemble & awesome with the Gospel Choir!
Doesn't sound like everybody else.
Published 3 months ago by Joe Leggett
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
If you don't have this CD in your collection, let me tell you that you are missing out. I love that Arcade Fire and everything they do. Read more
Published 4 months ago by manuel alvarado
4.0 out of 5 stars Yeah. It's pretty good.
Are you a fan of Arcade Fire? Do you have the other Arcade Fire titles in your music collection? - whether your answer is yes or no here, doesn't really matter - Then you should... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marc Friese
5.0 out of 5 stars Muchos muchos muchos gracias
Just what I was expecting. Really love this band and the disc are in great condition. It also came with the complete manual and everything that came with it. Thanks!
Published 10 months ago by Mark Gamo
5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Heights for a Young Band
When it comes to making big sounds, few indie bands do it better than Canada's Arcade Fire. They've been critical darlings ever since their debut album, Funeral, was released back... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lunar Boulevard
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
I've beens stuck listening to old classic albums for a long time and this was my first modern music purchase in a long time. Pretty good stuff.
Published 13 months ago by Reviewer
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