Arcade Fire 2017

fatherjohnmisty

#142

You know how there’s certain songs and you know they’re amazing, but you’ve heard them so many times that you don’t really need to hear them anymore?

Stuff like Mr. Tambourine Man, Everybody Hurts, Bittersweet Symphony, Paranoid etc. etc.

Funeral is the only album I can think of where EVERY song is one of those songs. It’s probably their best album, and it’s definitely one of the best albums of this millennium, but it also happens to be my least-listened-to Arcade Fire album.

The Suburbs and, especially, Reflektor I still find challenging and rewarding. They get more listens and, as a result, I think I like them more, because it still feels like there’s so much to discover.

And that’s why I’m looking forward to this album! Because I know it’ll be another challenge and I’m confident that the rewards will be there if I look for them.


#143

That’s very optimistic/forgiving of you


#144

OK, 10 best/favourite AF songs:

(Antichrist Television Blues)
Windowsill
No Cars Go
Tunnels
Rebellion (Lies)
Wake Up
Afterlife
Reflektor
Intervention
Month of May/Wasted Hours

Cheated a bit with the last one but I think the segue between Month of May and Wasted Hours is the most thrilling bit about The Suburbs, this was a bit harder to do than expected


#145

In no particular orderrrrrrr…

Tunnels
Wake Up
Rebellion (Lies)
Intervention
No Cars Go
Ready To Start
The Sprawl II
Here Comes The Night Time
Awful Sound
It’s Never Over


#146

don’t think I bothered with reflektor but been listening to these cos I saw them at a festival
just all so weedy sounding aren’t they. some interesting elements in all of the tracks but used in the most boring way


#147

Very hit and miss imo.Normal Person - utterly shite lyrics. The Suburbs - good lyrics


#148

I consider lyrics important in terms of personal meanings and perceived intent, but rarely think about them in terms of objective quality of writing (basically If I can relate then I’ll probably quite like them). None of the lyrics on Reflektor are particularly good but it still has a few of my favourite songs.


#149

Off to go see them outdoors in Berlin now, praying it doesn’t rain. Had a sneak peek at their set, they’re only playing the three already released songs on this tour, which is fine I guess


#150

I agree but with arcade fire it does go from being rather touching explorations into bordem, depression, loss, passion, love, growing up and change, to well really cringy lyrics and hamfisted metaphors.

Its never exactly genius but it’s suprising how 6th form poetry like some of their songs can be. Particularly as this has gotten worse as they have gone on!


#151

Our reasons for not wanting to hear Bittersweet Symphony couldn’t be more different


#152

Not usually someone who feels that questionable lyrics really detract from a musically great song too much.* But I’m pretty sure that both Normal Person and We Exist are musically both certified bangers and would be fighting for a space in my Arcade Fire top 10 if it weren’t for their extremely poor lyrics.

*This might explain why the first band I got into as an 11-year-old was the Red Hot Chili Peppers


#153

Ooh I’ll do one of them, order of album order I suppose.

Tunnels
Power Out
Haiti
Rebellion (Lies)
In The Backseat
No Cars Go
Half Light I
Sprawl II
Afterlife
Supersymmetry


#154

Yeah I get how this might be true in an objective sense, it’s just that I don’t actually hear it that way when I listen. Cringe-worthy is the most common criticism and I can see why, but they don’t make me cringe so it’s kind of an abstract truth with no personal relevance. Maybe a fruitless point to be making on a music forum tbf, and I’m not really trying to disagree*.

*Although I still maintain that Creature Comfort is interesting beyond the opening platitudes.


#155

Wtf is this


#156

Ok still great live


#157

part of the ‘corporate marketing parody’ promotional gimmick they’re doing at the minute innit

enjoyed this:


#158

Just love the riff on We Exist cant hate it at all and the lyrics while cringe are not Normal Person cringe.


#159

Looking back, my top 10 is even more Funeral-heavy than I’d expected:

Laika
Wake Up
Crown of Love
Tunnels
Une Année Sans Lumière
Rebellion (Lies)
Intervention
No Cars Go
The Suburbs
Sprawl II

All three new songs are dogshite.


#160

In no paricular order

My Body Is A Cage
We Used To Wait
Porno
Black Mirror
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Rebellion (Lies)
Haiti
Sprawl II
Wake Up
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)

I have a bit of a soft spot for Month Of May and all. Just like how to dumb it is.


#161

The Suburbs
Ready to Start
Neighborhood (Laika)
Neighborhood (Power Out)
Afterlife
Its Never Over
No Cars Go
Wake Up
Sprawl II
Rebellion (Lies)