Neon Bible (studio album) by Arcade Fire
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The best album by Arcade Fire is Funeral which is ranked number 12 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 56,637.
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It's.... fine I guess. Probably the most "indie rock" of indie rock I ever heard. I prefer The Suburbs and Funeral but this is still great. Arcade Fire is a hard band to listen to IMO.
The presence of Intervention would be enough to classify this album as great, but the rest is not too bad either.
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The most underrated album from Arcade Fire. It is really up to par with Funeral and The suburbs both of which are more recognised as classic albums. Neon Bible has a distinctive sound and each tracks are good with a couple of standoud tracks like: Keep the car running, black wave/bad vibration, the well and the lighthouse, windosill and no car go.
In 2004, Canadian indie rock pioneers Arcade Fire released Funeral, an album that shook the landscape of the alternative music scene. The album was met with praise from critics and many lauded the band's lyrical and musical flexibility with ingenuity to boot. When production began on a much awaited follow up in 2006, the band affixed two more permanent members into the fold, drummer Jeremy Gara and violinist Sarah Neufeld, expanding their repertoire to an even fuller extent. What they would produce with their newfangled, richer musical density would come to be known as Neon Bible, a record that never ceases to radiate dreaminess, twinkling triumphantly with unbridled grace. More importantly, it serves as the band's most prolific artistic statement, steadfast in its shimmering brilliance.
The first landmark on the album, comes in the form of track four, Intervention. The song stresses the dangers of over-dedication, whether it be towards patriotism while unaware of the prospect of incalculable casualties or towards religious zeal which renders an individual to turn a blind eye to familial strife. Frontman Win Butler declares, "Working for the church while your family dies, you take what they give you and you keep it inside, every spark of friendship and love will die without a home, hear the soldier groan, we'll go at it alone". This coincides with sublime organ pulses that engulf the track in a haze of heavenly aura. Eighth track, (Antichrist Television Blues), finds the band at their most 'Springsteenian' as they conjure a unflinching groove while Butler's lyrics call upon an escape from a dead-end American town and ponder what the future may bring. Penultimate cut No Cars Go is a drum-powered, french influenced rallying cry against the hustle and bustle of modern society. The track swelters to a boiling point of cathartic harmonization, perfectly leading into Butler's subdued first words of My Body is a Cage. The final track illustrates Butler's crippling anxiety until the song erupts in its final moments as he claims "his mind holds the key" to breaking the spell.
Arcade Fire's seminal second LP may not garner the same indie street cred as Funeral, however, it does contain a tighter, more cohesive collection of tracks that are effortlessly dynamic, both in musicality and thematic structure. The addition of a more heavily stocked musical arsenal provided the foundation for the band to push the boundaries of their sonic experimentation. The end result is an album that is less preachy and more introspective, attaching an alluring vulnerability to artists who were extremely conscious of their musical prowess. Plainly, this is not the millenially aware Arcade Fire found on Everything Now, nor is it the Arcade Fire who were undeniably ingenious but marginally conceited on Funeral. Neon Bible features the ensemble at the peak of their powers, embedded with confidence while tastefully unguarded. This is frankly mind-blowing considering that Arcade Fire at their worst is a force to be reckoned with.
"Into the light of a bridge that burns,
As I drive from the city with the money that I earned,
Into the dark of a starless sky,
I'm staring into nothing and I'm asking you why."
-(Antichrist Television Blues)
1. No Cars Go
3. Ocean of Noise
Their best effort.
No Cars Go
Keep The Car Running
Black Wave/Bad Vibrations
My Body Is A Cage
(Antichrist Television Blues)
Ocean Of Noise
The Well And The Lighthouse
One of the best sophomore albums of all times. Some weak tracks in the middle, but strong openers and closers. Love the organ and the mandolin !
Standouts: Keep the Car Running, Intervention, No Cars Go, My Body Is a Cage
Really good album.
Favorites: Intervention, The Well and the Lighthouse, No Cars Go, My Body is a Cage.
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