Arcade Fire releases their all-important third album (4 stars)

The Suburbs is a rewarding and solid LP.

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This article is from 2010.

Arcade Fire releases their all-important third album

History dictates that many rock greats affirm their credentials upon their third album: Radiohead’s OK Computer, U2’s War and Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run all follow this pattern, and Montreal’s six-strong Arcade Fire aren’t so far from these ranks with The Suburbs.

A more consistent indie-rock reckoning than their striking debut (2004’s Funeral) or its lesser follow-up (2007’s Neon Bible – ‘No Cars Go’ excepted), The Suburbs extends frontman Win Butler’s surveillance of genetic bonds and apocalyptic disquiet, via philharmonic rock, hand-clap anthems, rhythmic pop and colossal song-craft. This is a long-player in the classic tradition: complex, absorbing and increasingly rewarding.

This article is from 2010.

Arcade Fire

Following the release of their new album Reflektor, the headily-acclaimed Canadian ensemble embark on a worldwide tour.

Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

Thu 6 Jul

Sold out / 0161 834 4026

Ormeau Park, Belfast

Tue 13 Jun

£49 / 028 9024 6609

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