Record of the day: Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
This album is yet another absolute masterpiece. Arcade Fire managed to compress all of the paranoia, ennui and listless searching for a place to belong of teenagers about to leave home into every song, as well as lacing them all with criticism of contemporary society.
Musically as well the album is fantastic, blending orchestral strings with indie rock instrumentation and with a few accordions thrown in for good measure. It can be tender, distressing and touching as well as raucous, heart-racing and inspirational. Mostly, however, it is haunting in its spooky ability to grab and harness the listener’s nostalgia, anxiety and joy, regardless of their roots.
Of course, the thread that holds all this together is the romance of singers (and husband and wife) Win Butler and Regine Chassagne, which is startling in its genuineness.
All in all, I’d say the critics are right in calling it Arcade Fire’s “OK Computer”, and i’m realising that all of my favourite records share some characteristics of OK Computer…