by Arcade Fire

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More About Suburbs by Arcade Fire
Genre: Rock & Pop
  • Genre: Popular Music
  • Release Date: August 2010
  • Label: Merge
  • Format: LP
  • Number of Discs: 2
Music Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.78) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hey instinctively scale their most intimate confessions to arena-rock levels, rolling out big drums and glossy keyboards..."

Spin - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Radiant with apocalyptic tension and grasping to sustain real bonds, THE SUBURBS extends hungrily outward, recalling the dystopic miasma of William Gibson's sci-fi novels and Sonic Youth's guitar odysseys."

Entertainment Weekly (p.72) - "The band certainly aims for transcendence on THE SUBURBS -- a work of impressively fervent majesty..."

Alternative Press - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Drawing on everything from '70s radio rock to angular indie rock from the '90s, Arcade Fire have built one of the most interesting-sounding records you're likely to hear all year..."

CMJ - "Filled with big-money percussion blasts, waves of strings and This-Is-Important surges of energy, 'Rococo' and 'Month Of May' will, no doubt, sound amazing echoing off arena rafters."

Billboard (p.28) - "At 16 tracks, this dense, complicated set covers considerably more stylistic territory than either of the band's previous albums..."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Crammed with addictive confections....THE SUBURBS also heralds unexpected vistas, not least of which is a sense of humour."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.58) - Ranked #2 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "[T]hey raze the peaks and troughs of that bombastic chamber rock and add fuzz-punk and soaring synthpop to an expanding, yet more refined, pallette."

Paste (magazine) - "[I]t's Arcade Fire's most ambitious and concept-driven effort to date....A vein of emptiness and Beckett-esque waiting courses throughout..."

Record Collector (magazine) (p.78) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The spritely opening title track is terrific, as is the sad, anthemic beauty of 'Ready To Start'....There are some magical moments here..."

Uncut (magazine) (p.80) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "THE SUBURBS is a surprising record, swapping the spit and fire of FUNERAL for a sense of mature playfulness....There is pain and pleasure, loss and hope."

Uncut (magazine) (p.37) - Ranked #4 in Uncut's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "[The album] sounded like a band recapturing their wistfulness and, even, their humanity."

Customer Reviews