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Arcade Fire – Neon Bible

28 10 2010

Listened: Wednesday October 6

It was going to be hard to top Funeral. We all knew that as we waited for Neon Bible. Thing is, I don’t think Arcade Fire topped it. Neon Bible went in a totally different direction, neither higher nor lower. The artistic quotient went up, the communal happy indie feeling, not so much.

Even if I discount the biblical nature of the title, it’s still obvious this record was recorded in an old church. The lyrical subject matter, choral backing vocals, and heavy organ use make no secret of it. The feeling of questioning the religious lifestyle one grew up with hangs heavy.

This album is certainly darker in tone than Funeral, which I appreciate at some times more than others. It’s brilliant, righteous, and sometimes painful, as good art should be.

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