Funeral (studio album) by Arcade Fire

Funeral by Arcade Fire
Year: 2004
Release date: 2004-09-14
Overall rank: 14th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
88/100 (from 3,570 votes)
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Award Best album of 2004 (1st)
Award Top 10 albums of the 2000s (3rd)
Award Top 20 albums of all time (14th)

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Funeral is ranked as the best album by Arcade Fire.

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From 05/20/2023 23:33
A beautiful instrumental album that deals with difficult themes and topics in such a genius way. As most people can probably guess from the title, this record goes into the themes of death and grief but also explores love and life which makes for a challenging listen. When given some patience however, this record will reward you as its complex soundscape will seriously impress you when you dig deeper. The instrumentation on here is rich, detailed and full of layering which results in an experience that is always engaging no matter how many times you hear it. When you pick the release apart song by song as well you start to see just how many outstanding tracks are present on here. The ones that stand out to me are Rebellion (Lies), Wake Up, Tunnels and the phenomenal closer that is In The Backseat. Not only are these the best songs on this release but they are also some of the greatest songs that have ever been released in the history of music. Another great thing about this album is just how consistent they are with their quality and style. They clearly know their sound extremely well and spread this across the whole run time which makes for a true classic album like experience where we are treated to a journey from beginning to end rather than just a collection of songs. In result of this, we receive a cohesion on this project that you only find on a truly special record. Overall, this is a beautiful album that is one of the grandest sounding experiences you will ever find and it deserves all the praise it receives.
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From 03/17/2023 05:37
Nothing special, they copy The Cure and Radiohead. But Radiohead and Cure much more melodious. Radiohead and Cure are genius.
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From 02/18/2023 23:17
La muerte se entrelaza con la infancia bailando un alegre vals de rock orquestal, mientras la nostalgia se apodera de las guitarras.

La forma en que Arcade Fire trata estos temas es exquisito, las canciones están compuestas a manera orquestal, poniendo énfasis en el apartado instrumental con algunos arreglos vocales.
“Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)”, “wake up” y “rebellion (lies)”, lo más destacado del album.

English review
Death is intertwined with childhood dancing a joyous orchestral rock waltz, while nostalgia takes over the guitars.
The way in which Arcade Fire deals with these issues is exquisite, the songs are composed as an orchestra, emphasizing the instrumental section with some vocal arrangements.
“Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)”, “Wake up” and “rebellion (lies)”, the highlights of the album.
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From 09/20/2022 16:15
A nice experience. Every track sounds great, giving the whole album a relaxing feeling.
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From 08/31/2022 03:20
Great album
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From 04/13/2022 16:29
Brilliant artful alternative music that isn't pretentious about it. It is elegant and understated and leaves a long lasting impression on you.
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From 03/26/2022 21:03
Pleasantly surprised with this one. Way, way better than I was expecting based on previous albums I'd heard from them. This has a great feel and flow right throughout. Best album from them in my opinion.
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From 02/22/2022 17:06
I am loving the renaissance this albums is getting since the new Black Country, New Road album came out and people have been comparing it this one and realising again what a great album this is. Its reputation has gone a bit down recently mostly because of two factor - this sound has been emulated by lesser bands so much, and Arcade Fire's last album has been lackluster. Glad people are forgetting that and returning to this album which is a stone cold masterpiece.
Sids B is one of the strongest album sides ever, 4 out of 5 songs are among the decade's best songs.
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From 02/10/2022 12:24
It possible takes time and several listens for a boomer to understand the real magnificence of this album,
A rerun may better the score. This band has great forerunners and influencers in sound and tone(Velvet Underground, Iggy and David Bowie)
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From 12/31/2021 21:28
I think these guys are insanely overrated, but I can't deny that this album is incredible. Makes my top 100 comfortably. My highlights are Wake Up, In The Backseat, Rebellion (Lies) and Power Out.
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