100 - Funeral by Arcade Fire 2004
I resisted Arcade Fire for ages under some misguided emperor's new clothes perception. Someone lent me the 3rd cd and I realised that they knew what they were doing and went out and bought all 3 lps.
Funeral the debut just nudges it from the note quite as universally loved Neon Bible
Formed by the death of various family members there is a sense of loss that hangs over the whole lp. Driven along by a relentless rhythm section, with dense instrumentation set down in layers. Add on to that a lead vocal that at times sounds like fire and brimstone preacher it can be a bit of an exhausting listen and more bible belt than Montreal
Gradually the subtleties reveal themselves and the lyrics start to tell their stories
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