Funeral (studio album) by Arcade Fire

Funeral by Arcade Fire
Year: 2004
Release date: 2004-09-14
Overall rank: 12th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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88/100 (from 3,374 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 (12th)

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Funeral is ranked as the best album by Arcade Fire.

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From 05/02/2021 23:46
I wish I loved this album, it features good instrumentation, very emotional singing and the approval from Bowie. Sadly, I only like half of the songs. And only Wake Up and In The Backseat gave me some emotional punches. Track like Haiti, Crown Of Love and half of the Neighborhood suite seem to me pretty tame and repetitive. I think The Suburbs is better, but maybe this album just isn't for me.
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From 03/25/2021 02:37

Primera vez que lo escucho completo de corrido. Mis canciones favoritas son Rebellion (Lies), Neighborhood #1 y Une Année sans Lumière. Disfruto mucho que sean multiinstrumentalistas, en especial el violín está magnífico en algunas canciones. Los temas de los que hablan en su letra me parecen identificables, sobre todo las de la adolescencia en Neighborhood #1, que me parece la que tiene la mejor letra del disco. Algunas otras tienen la letra un poco más simple, pero permanece consistente, como por ejemplo, mi favorita del disco, Rebellion (Lies). Wake Up también es épica, sobre todo disfruto mucho ver sus live con Bowie. Sin dudas es un disco que voy a escuchar muchas veces más en mi vida.
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From 03/19/2021 19:39
Obviously a good album with some very good songs. Once again the problem is the ranking by critics and fans alike.

I cant help but think of Coldplay, a band from the same era that doenst get any type of recognition from critics yet had sold more than 100 millon records worldwide. Maybe thats the reason why they get overlooked and bands like Arcade Fire seem to come out of nowhere with an over the top ridiculous praise.

And the job of the critics its shown in the amount of "cool kids" tribes you see in rym and here. Bumping up average stuff while dismissing anything that sounds like a hit.

Just a quick reminder, this album is above:

Pet Sounds, Nevermind, The Joshua Tree, The White Album, The Bends, Rubber Soul, Rumors, What's Going On, Thriller, Stone Roses, Morning Glory, Automatic For The People, Definitely Maybe, Parachutes, Grace, Magical Mistery Tour, Purple Rain, The Wall, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Off The Wall, Synchronicity, A Night At The Opera, Who's Next, Appetite For Destruction, etc....
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From 03/07/2021 16:11
Certainly very good, but not quite as compelling to me as it seems to be to the general album-rating populace.
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From 02/27/2021 08:43
I don't get it. I prefer by far their next record "Neon Bible" for the quality of the songs, the pathos and the arrangements. Even what are supposed to be their best tracks in this record didn't make me feel crazy.
It's a good album, but pretty overrated IMO.
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From 01/28/2021 20:59
I bet this was a lot more fresh sounding in 2004. Not saying it isn't great, it is, it's just that there's so much out there that sounds similar enough. Regardless, I will be returning to this album.
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From 01/17/2021 09:58
A great album for sure, the female vocals In The Backseat were a highlight for me, but there were many great moments. Still, 12th all time seems a bit too much (I think I remember it being in the top 10 at some point), not to mention there's a strong case to be made for not even being the album of the year.
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From 01/14/2021 17:34
Superbe album d'Arcade Fire. Comme souvent avec ce groupe, je suis transporté tout au long de l'écoute.
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From 12/12/2020 20:00
Cool album. Would be a perfect album if not for the disappointing ending
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From 11/29/2020 19:44
I'm not an Arcade Fire fan....I like this album though!
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