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Old 11-06-2011, 04:28 PM   #301
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It makes perfect sense if you don't "totally love" Funeral, you actually dislike it. X&Y at least makes me want to listen to it again, in one way or another.
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:48 AM   #302
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Then we tried to name our babies
But we forgot all the names that
The names we used to know
But sometimes, we remember our bedrooms
And our parent's bedrooms
And the bedrooms of our friends
Then we think of our parents
Well whatever happened to them?

That one verse is more evocative, thought-provoking and powerful than any single verse Chris Martin has or ever will pen, let alone anything on X&Y, probably his worst album lyrically. Funeral has to earn a few points over X&Y for exhibiting lyrical depth. One paints a picture in your mind, the other tells you all you need to know instantly so you never need to revisit it, which is good.
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:50 AM   #303
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Definitely. But I obviously don't place as much importance on lyrics as you do.
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It's also way better musically than Coldplay, so that's why you're wrong as well.
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:10 AM   #305
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I do appreciate the music in a couple of the first Neighborhood songs and Haiti especially (the only song from the album that has left a lingering impression of sorts.)

The persevering problem for me is that Winnie Butler's vocal has always sounded very unpleasant and for some reason, I can't take him seriously. Therefore, his lyrics don't resonate any more than a C. Martin lyric might on X&Y.

I wanted to like Funeral. It made sense that I did. I tried to like it and just kept failing.
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:19 AM   #306
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I don't like his vocals either.
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Old 11-08-2011, 10:50 AM   #307
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First of all, in my opinion, one cannot "try" to like music, or any other art for that matter. You either do or you don't, and if you don't, the only way that will change is organically over time, without much effort. It might click with you one day out of nowhere, as I'm sure has happened to all of us at one point or another.

Secondly, and I'm sure you're all going to be shocked to read this from me, but to understand what Arcade Fire is all about one must see them live. They are, in my opinion, one of the top live acts in the world today. Their enthusiasm, joy, and musicianship on stage is infectious and trickles down to the very last row. I saw them in a free show in September where 110,000 people were in attendance and I was at the very back and each and every person around me - by the end of the show - was rocking out and dancing.

I wasn't a big fan of Funeral either until I saw them open for U2 in November 2005 and then everything just clicked with me when I listened to the album a few weeks later.

I know you're all shocked by my statement.
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I don't like his vocals either.
They're a wanted band. They've had headline status on over 12 festivals.


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Does cobbler still shoot first?
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Old 11-09-2011, 02:31 AM   #310
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Secondly, and I'm sure you're all going to be shocked to read this from me, but to understand what Arcade Fire is all about one must see them live.
I've seen them live at a festival a few years back and they still didn't click with me. Granted the setting probably wasn't the best - they looked rather out of place with their black-themed decor on a bright sunny day - but I just didn't get much sense of stage presence from them despite the sheer amount of people onstage.
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I've seen them live at a festival a few years back and they still didn't click with me. Granted the setting probably wasn't the best - they looked rather out of place with their black-themed decor on a bright sunny day - but I just didn't get much sense of stage presence from them despite the sheer amount of people onstage.
There isn't any atmosphere about them, really, so the decor isn't relevant. Their music just kind of bowls you over live. Really amazing, life-affirming stuff. I guess if you dislike their music you won't be blown away, but I've seen them twice and both performances were off the charts. Surprisingly sweaty, rocking shows with amazing crowd participation (yes, even in a festival setting). They are one of those bands that NEED to draw large crowds; they feed off of it.
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I'd love to see them if they fucking came here!
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Old 11-09-2011, 05:53 AM   #314
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I don't dislike their music, I'm just a very casual fan; perhaps I simply had my expectations set too high after hearing how mindblowingly good they're live. I mean, I've seen a few acts live whose music I don't care for one bit, but who I'd have admit were utterly fantastic live. Maybe with Arcade Fire you actually do need to be emotionally involved, rather than just appreciating the show in a distant uninvolved way.
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Old 01-13-2012, 03:57 AM   #315
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I don't quite get the hype over Neil Young's Freedom. Bless him, he's one of my favorite artists and he can do whatever, generally to great success, but this album goes everywhere and nowhere. I like Rockin' In The Free World electric like everyone else does, but acoustically the pace doesn't change enough to make it worth a slot. It's doesn't have that broken-yet-determined intensity of My My, Hey Hey. Someday is cheesy garbage with awful production, and then there's the random On Broadway cover...lol...well, it's fun. Most significantly of all is the fact that nothing really sticks with me except for RITFW and Wrecking Ball. And Eldorado is good, but it's got nothing on other slow-burners like Cortez The Killer.

Maybe it'll grow on me over time. For now it's probably my least favorite highly lauded NY album. Which actually doesn't say much against it since I love most every album of his that I've heard.
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