Thursday, Dec. 09, 2010

Arcade Fire, The Suburbs

Arcade Fire's three albums have been named after funerals, bibles and now that all-American creation, the 'burbs. This seven-piece band isn't afraid to think big and tackles grand topics with confidence. Here, Arcade Fire explores our love-hate relationship with suburbia (after all, one man's familial comfort is another man's soulless uniformity), with bittersweet vocals and orchestral arrangements that make shopping at Target or owning a Honda representative of something significant. On The Suburbs, there are no white-picket-fence clichés, no ditties about a couple named Jack and Diane. This is not American music but rather music about America. So who cares if the band's Canadian?