The husband and wife duo return with their third album.
Arcade Fire are an ever-changing entity. After the success of ‘Funeral’ and ‘Neon Bible’, ‘The Suburbs’ provides unequivocal proof that Win Butler and co are able to elucidate the acclaimed sound of old with an eagerness to experiment with early 80s electronica (‘Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)’). Less aurally busy than ‘Neon Bible’, ‘The Suburbs’ is an articulated comment on our instantaneous society, exposing a newfound depth to Win’s lyrics. ‘Sprawl I (Flatland)’ is a slow-burning retrospective, while ‘Month Of May’ sees Butler turn punk polemicist. There’s a glorious new depth to the old formula here showcasing undeniable talent.
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