Arcade Fire – “The Suburbs” & “Month of May”
May 27, 2010, 8:44 pm
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I realize that the internet needs another Arcade Fire post like the ocean needs more oil, but, considering how much the band means to me, I feel obligated to comment on the new tunes and share them, of course.  FYI: those are high-quality studio recordings below; not the shitty radio-rips that were circulating yesterday.  So, what’s the verdict?  To be blunt, underwhelming.  Not bad – just a couple of solid tunes that you know these guys can write in their sleep.  “The Suburbs” is a relaxed, piano-led shuffle that plays like the sunnier flip-side to “Black Mirror”.  The driving, scuzzy, motorik pulse of “Month of May” is much more exciting, but feels a bit slight nonetheless.  After Wolf Parade released what turned out to be two of the weaker tracks from their forthcoming album, Expo 86, as the lead singles, I want to believe that Arcade Fire might be following their lead.  But why?  To manage expectations?  Anyways, take a listen below.

The Suburbs is out 8/3 on Merge.

“The Suburbs”

“Month of May”

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[…] surfaced today, and, thankfully, they’re far more promising than the previously released title track and “Month of May”.  Both of the newly released tracks feel steeped in gloomy post-punk – especially the […]

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[…] surfaced today, and, thankfully, they’re far more promising than the previously released title track and “Month of May”.  Both of the newly released tracks feel steeped in gloomy post-punk – especially the […]
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