Review of 2010 – Best Album

This is a current sounding album. Full of energy with diverse sounds that breathes and stretches yet gel so well together with uncommon skill. Ranging from “Modern Man” and “Suburban War” which rings of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, to alternative styles of ELO, Depeche Mode, Springsteen and Neil Young. The diversity of sounds is seen from “Month Of May” which is polished punk rock reminiscent of Manic Street Preachers to the acoustic strum of “Wasted Hour”

But its not just the sounds that emancipate from this classic album the lyrics are also sublime. It touches the generational loss of innocence, “a dead star collapsing / we could see that something was ending /Are you through pretending? / We saw the signs in the suburbs” In “Rococo” “using great big words they don’t understand”,

“I need the darkness / can you please cut the lights?” such lyrics may seem insincere from a band standing on worldwide success, but of course their journey to worldwide acclaim is unique. Suburbs is a thrilling complex and captivating album yet retainsd the magic of the their albums that proceeded it.

The album received three nominations at the 53rd Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Best Alternative Music Album, and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

Mike Diver, writing for the BBC wrote, “The Suburbs is most thrillingly engrossing chapter yet; a complex, captivating work that, several cycles down the line, retains the magic and mystery of that first tentative encounter.” Referring to the critically acclaimed 1997 Radiohead album, Diver went on to say, “You could call it their ‘OK Computer’.  But it’s arguably better than that.”

Emily Mackay reviewing for NME, gave the album a score of 9 out of 10 and said, “They’ve judged their moment perfectly, and this deserves to be their ‘Automatic fr the People’; an album that combines mass accessibility with much greater ambition. Pretty much perfect, in other words – and despite their best efforts, listening to it feels just like coming home.”

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs


Ready to Start

We used to Wait

Month of May


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