August 3, 2010

WHO ARE THE PEOPLE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?:

First Listen: Arcade Fire, 'The Suburbs' (Robin Hilton, 8/02/10, NPR)

The members of Arcade Fire have always been fascinated by the subtle ways geography informs our lives. With its series of "Neighborhood" songs on the band's 2004 full-length debut, Funeral, the group unpacked the emotional and psychological baggage of seemingly bucolic landscapes, and the sometimes haunted lives of the people who live there. On its latest release, The Suburbs, Arcade Fire turns its attention to ubiquitous, cookie-cutter communities and the impermanent memories they create. The album, which you can hear on NPR Music in its entirety, trolls deftly through a hazy world of failed dreams, lost identity, creeping malaise and, of course, plenty of heartache.


Posted by Orrin Judd at August 3, 2010 11:35 AM
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