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The Suburbs

August 3, 2010

  Song Title
The Suburbs
Ready To Start
Modern Man
Empty Room
City With No Children
Half Light I
Half Light II (No Celebration)
Suburban War
Month Of May
Wasted Hours
Deep Blue
We Used To Wait
Sprawl I (Flatland)
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
The Suburbs (Continued)

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 3, 2010
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Copyright: 2010 Merge Records
  • Total Length: 1:03:57
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  • ASIN: B003X73QA8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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624 of 745 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds in the rough August 3, 2010
Format:Audio CD
After waiting for what seems like a millennium since their last official release, we finally get The Suburbs, an engaging indie rock record full of pop gems. Here's my track by track take on it...

The Suburbs - A weak start to an otherwise awesome album, this song was released as the first unofficial single. When I first heard this song before the album was released, it greatly lowered my expectations. It's terribly repetitive. (2/10)

Ready to Start - This song marks the true beginning of the album, in my mind. The Strokes-y drum and bass coordination kick-start the song and drive it into one of the most poignant, catchy choruses on the album. (10/10)

Modern Man - I love a good song with a time signature that throws you off then becomes one of your favorites. (9/10)

Rococo - With its chanted tribal chorus, this song brings to mind memories of their debut album, "Funeral." It's a good example of standard, epic Arcade Fire fare. (8/10)

Empty Room - This is my favorite song on the album, without a doubt. The frenzied strings lead you into the trap and then like the distortion kicks in and knocks you out of your chair. This reminds me of The Rentals. (10/10)

City With No Children - The Springsteen influence once again becomes apparent. Thank God they know how to use it. (8/10)

Half Light I & II - The first half is not as amazing as the second, but it serves as a good lead in. (6/10)/(8/10)

Suburban War - I've seen some people make the case that this album is overproduced (mainly due to tracks like this), but I'd have to disagree. It's well produced, but not overly so. I think this track a perfect example of the right amount of indie/pop production a great Arcade Fire song requires.
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96 of 112 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arcade Fire - The Suburbs August 3, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Arcade Fire has been mining the emotional turmoil of adolescence since its debut in 2004, and though the cause of that turmoil has once again changed, the message is, as always, the same. I'm not one of those people that thinks that everything Arcade Fire has done has been peerless and flawless: I think Arcade Fire is a good band that makes good albums with a handful of truly brilliant songs, nothing more and nothing less. The Suburbs is, as some of the song titles would suggest, a sprawling work, and not without its flaws, but there is plenty of reward for those willing to stick it out for the 60+ minutes. Perhaps working too tightly on the theme of "the suburbs," the album has a tendency to be repetitive, which is not surprising given the album's length and the number of Part 1/Part 2 songs on the record. Though it suffers from some of the same problems like the Decemberists' bloated The Hazards of Love, namely strict adherence to a not entirely warranted theme, the Suburbs sets itself apart by having a number of truly excellent songs. Modern Man and Sprawl II are definitely among the best songs Arcade Fire have written, but having a propulsive drive that demands stomping in time with the beat and belting out the words. It should have been obvious all along that Arcade Fire was not going to top their (somewhat over-loved) debut, Funeral, but on the Suburbs, the band has stayed true to its sound and made the logical next step.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mountains Beyond Mountains January 23, 2011
Format:Audio CD
It starts with a deceptively simple sounding song but soon it floats into a haunting, dream-like chorus. After multiple listens, tiny details emerge revealing that there is a lot going on beneath the surface of the music, indeed this is one of the themes explored within the album. "At night the feelings swim to the surface." Small, suburban towns that appear grey and bleak at a glance conceal another world, take a closer look across the green lawns and faceless houses, something sits in the dirt and shines like a shard of broken glass, glinting. In the suburbs, past the wood-polished floors and vacuous lives, past the animal bones and yellow flowers and into the sunlight, there is a tiny glimmer of something like hope.

The listener is invited to "Grab your mother's keys, we're leaving..." and (to me at least) the journey through The Suburbs does feel like driving a stolen car through empty streets, surrounded by grey neighbourhoods, in a town with shuttered windows and swaying trees, slowly engulfed in sweeping whirlwinds of decayed leaves. On many of the tracks there is a huge swirling sound that moves through the songs like a living thing and makes you wonder, what is that sound, what does it represent? Empty Rooms has the sound almost as a constant, whilst during Ready To Start it appears then disappears, only to reappear near the end, a lonely sound, like wind through trees on a hot, July afternoon.

Modern Man, with its almost rockabilly sensiblity, features strange, subtle, off-kilter rhythms and builds to a beautiful guitar led climax, it sounds so simple yet there are many complex harmonics at play and some wonderful ghost-like chords that seem to float and glide, almost in the background but if you listen closely, they can be heard throughout the song.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album - now with 2 new songs and videos! August 5, 2011
By Craig
Format:MP3 Music
First off, when this album was released I didn't really like it at first but then it grew on me, like most of Arcade Fire's stuff. Now I really like this album. It's very good and the 2 new songs and videos are totally worth it, although if you go to Arcade Fire's official website, you can buy the whole thing directly from them WITH the videos for only $4.50 so I recommend getting it there. Otherwise this is awesome.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Bought this as a gift and my girlfriend absolutely loved it!Thank goodness this record was the thick 180grams as it wasn't too warped as compared to the other records that arrived.
Published 3 days ago by Shawn Sylvester
5.0 out of 5 stars Smpley awesome,,,
I believe this album had won or was nominated for many awards,,,, no wonder,,, simply a great peice of work,,,,, takes a few listens,,, but really begins to flow and you can feel... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Bruce Niederman
5.0 out of 5 stars Suggested for me by a "younger music fan"
I think Arcade Fire might be one of my new favorites after being "exposed" by younger fans. We older folks really need to branch out, and take a step back from the music... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carla Boisvenue
5.0 out of 5 stars Where does it come from?
The chances of my liking every track on any album are very small. In the case of the Suburbs, I loved every track and found myself wondering, where did all of this creative energy... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Harold V Farrier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Here is a band that knows how to put a tune and words together. The music is exciting and mesmerizing to say the least.
Published 1 month ago by Denise Havlan
5.0 out of 5 stars I listen to this album...
... when I've had a hard day at work. I have about an 30 minute drive, and this album soothes me. It's great to listen to when you just want to relax.
Published 1 month ago by Nate
5.0 out of 5 stars charming
sweet and charming album, though existential and thoughtful as well. Great tunes, lots of variety. Good album from an excellent band
Published 1 month ago by Amanda L. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars the suburbs cd!
It's a great band and really different from other bands! I like their music! It's unique! A good music cd!
Published 1 month ago by Marilyana Carmona
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic.
Great album made even better. Love the inclusion of Spike Jonez short film Scenes From the Suburbs. The version of Wasted Hours was a little longer and it was a surprise the first... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Clem
4.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to hear the whole album
Liked what we heard on the radio, but wanted to hear the whole album. Glad we bought it, have it in daily rotation.
Published 2 months ago by melleta
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