Win Butler and his other Canadian pals have spent a some time working on this little gem called The Suburbs. After their 2007 release, Neon Bible, Arcade Fire is back with a similarly epic record. I use the word epic because it's as if every song is constantly building and up to something greater, outside itself. Arcade fire's songs always climaxes at the most opportune moment for me, and I feel like that's why I keep returning to them. They just keep getting better and better. There's just something about Butler's haunting voice too...it gives me goosebumps. Also try not to let the crazy good instrumentals distract you from the tortured yet hopeful lyrics; messages about life in the suburbs and the nostalgia that goes along with it. This record has the potential to resonate with a lot of people. My favorite tracks are "Modern Man," "City With No Children," "We Used to Wait" and "Half Light I. "Listen to the album stream on NPR.
Also revisit this video I posted a while back!