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★★★★☆

“Neon Bible is an excellent album by an excellent...”

Written on: 06/01/2008 by LordBrambleberry (9 reviews written)

Good Points
Black Mirror, Keep the Car Running, Neon Bible, Intervention, Antichrist Television Blues, Windowsill, No cars go, My body is a cage.

Bad Points
The Well and the Lighthouse.

General Comments
Neon Bible is an excellent album by an excellent experimental band, Arcade Fire. After their spectacular debut, "Funeral", no one much thought about them. Now they've got us thinking again.



On "Neon Bible" Win Butlers soulful voice blends with New Wave-ish music and the Hungarian Orchestra to create great tunes. "Black Mirror", the opener and lead single, sounds peculiarly like Echo and the Bunnymen's "Killing Moon", but still has a very nice melody. "Keep the car Running" sounds like nothing else, more guitar based than most Arcade Fire songs. The title track, "Neon Bible", with it's almost whispered vocals and light guitar and drums, is a rather vicious lyric for such a pleasing little tune. "Intervention", the albums best track, starts with a grand, churchy organ melody and forms into a perfect Arcade Fire song, with Win Butler letting rip while singing about America's war-hungry and religious flaws while the Hungarian Orchestra lets the song go to new heights. "Black Wave" is not impressive, but still forces itself to be catchy. "Ocean of Noise" is almost exactly the same, and "The Well and the Lighthouse" is very annoying. These three tunes comprising a disappointing middle section. "Antichrist Television Blues" is a genius narrative about a religious dad and his daughter in a talent show. "Windowsill" is another big ballad, somewhat angsty and very beautiful. "No cars go" is very energetic, but with ridiculously dumb lyrics. Then the closer, "Mr body is a cage", enigmatically closes on a depressing note about suicide. Arcade Fire, you've done it again.

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