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Funeral (album) by Arcade Fire 

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Funeral
Funeral by Arcade Fire (2004)
Release date: 2004-09-14
Overall rank: 7th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
88/100 (from 2,354 votes)
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Accolades: Best album of 2004 (1st)
Top 10 albums of the 2000s (2nd)
Top 10 albums of all time (7th)

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Funeral is ranked as the best album by Arcade Fire.

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I can admit that there are parts that impressed me, but in general the songwriting is very basic. I wouldn't agree that this is best of that month even, but I'd rather see something like this in the top 10 then a lot of other things. Still sucks tho..
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From Seab 31 hours ago
The album that allowed me to get into indie rock. So much emotion packed into one album, and has one of my favorite openers to an album.

Favorite Track: Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
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From khj11 4 days ago
First I hated it, then I tolerated it, now I love it. Beautiful album
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From slurpdurp 01/07/2017 20:40
This album hits me personally very significantly. As a Canadian, the motif of snow providing isolation, loneliness, boredom, and fear really resonated with me. The storms of life both literal and metaphorical are significant, and how we deal with them defines who we are. That is what this album deals with. In the winter, we work hard to fight against the snow. We spend hours shoveling, we clear the roads and risk our lives just by driving through the ice. The storms can knock out the power from our homes and drive us inside and into fear. This can apply to literal storms, or to the storms of our lives. Funeral deals with death, growing up, individuality, and the fear of facing the real world. I love this album, and the metaphors used are so perfect to me and connect with me so well. I feel like I can personally identify with every word being sung, and for that reason it is my number one best album of all time. I love OK Computer and it holds some of my favorite songs of all time, but I hold Funeral closer because of how personally I connect with it. It feels so Canadian, and I love that.
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From 22erik22 12/31/2016 00:47
This album has been hard to grasp for me. The first time I heard it I was impressed, but didn't understand why it was in the top 10. After a couple of months I have finally understood the music and the meaning of the lyrics. The last time I cried to an album was with Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles, now it has happened again; but with Funeral by Arcade Fire.
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From Egophobia 12/28/2016 22:33
A great album that gets better with each listen! So much going on :)
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From discojets1 12/25/2016 22:27
this album brings out lots of emotion
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From Yipyapper 11/08/2016 16:01
Everything about this album screams raw emotion, and the excellent placement of its instruments--especially piano--reinforces that. It doesn't sacrifice production for it, though, as it feels like a seasoned veteran's finest creation after trying to rediscover his youthful days and not an awkward freshman release.

Key Cuts: Neighbourhood #1 (Tunnels), Wake Up, Rebellion (Lies)
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From Lacobra 10/10/2016 15:24
Probably the best album of the noughties. The songs are dense and adequately arranged (every single member gives his best), they flow super-nicely (honestly one of the best sequenced albums I own), Butler's NMH-inspired morbid imagery is at its most powerful (among others: neighbourhoods buried in snow, people "dancing" to the "disco lights" of the police sirens, sleeping every night as a metaphore for giving up searching for the truth, and my favourite "a million little gods causing rainstorms turning every good thing to dust"), spontaneous build ups and tempo changes that give the songs personality in way very few indie rock bands managed to master before, and some uncannily heartbreaking vocal performances (Neighbourhoods #1 and #3, Rebelion (Lies), Regine Chassagne's epic vocal gymnastics on the closer track). Basically a flawless album. The amount of copycat bands that have come out in the last decade is telling. A highly rewarding work. Check out this one first if you want to get into Arcade Fire's work.
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