After stunning the mainstream pop machine into a state of huffy, new school e-disbelief by beating out Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry for the 2011 Album of the year Grammy, Arcade Fire seemed poised for a U2-style international coup, but the Suburbs, despite its stadium-ready sonic grandiosity, was far too homespun and idiosyncratic to infect the masses in the same way as the Joshua Tree or Achtung Baby. Reflektor, the Montreal collective's much anticipated fourth long-player and first double-album, moves the group even further from pop culture sanctification with a seismic yet impenetrable 13-track set (at 75 minutes it’s one minute over standard single disc capacity) that guts the building but leaves the roof intact.
Funeral is the debut studio album by the Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire, released on September 14, 2004 in North America by Merge Records and on February 28, 2005 in Europe by Rough Trade Records.The album produced five singles. The most successful, "Rebellion (Lies)", peaked at #19 on the UK Singles Chart. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Alternative Music Album. It received wide critical acclaim and topped many year-end and decade-end lists. According to the website Metacritic, the album had the second most appearances on end-of-decade Top 10 lists, only behind Radiohead's Kid A. In the updated version of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, it was ranked at #151.
The Suburbs Deluxe Edition is available with two new songs and a film directed by Spike Jonze. The Suburbs reissue will include new tracks Speaking In Tongues and Culture War. The package includes Scenes From The Suburbs, a 30min short film inspired by The Suburbs album. Directed by Spike Jonze and co-written by Jonze, Will Butler and Win Butler. CD: The Suburbs album, plus a new extended version of album track Wasted Hours and 2x bonus new tracks Speaking In Tongues and Culture War; and a 76 page booklet.
The August 2010 issue of Fan the Fire Magazine is out now featuring an interview with The Morning Benders, features on O. Children and The Creators Project, Arcade Fire, Wavves, Darker My Love and Best Coast album reviews, Salt, Cars 2 and X-Men: First Class previews, Breck Eisner interview, The Last Airbender, The Secret In Their Eyes, Inception and Gainsbourg reviews, art by Gracia Lam, Benjamin Anderson and Tata Vislevskaya, and style by Solveig Selj, Antonella Arismendi and Emma Tempest, plus much more.