My copy of the new Arcade Fire album, ‘The Suburbs’, arrived yesterday. It’s officially released tomorrow. I’ve been playing an MP3 version since last weekend, but it’s only when I hear a lossless version, up loud, on my hi-fi, that I find out how good an album is. And this is good, full of strong melodies with lyrics that resemble their debut Funeral more that the bombastic follow-up Neon Bible. It could be an album of the year contender.
I’ve already previewed the opening, title track here (grab your mother’s keys, we’re leaving). Here’s the second track, which is just as exciting.