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    Wednesday, January 26, 2005

    3. The Arcade Fire: Funeral

    Fans of indie rock juggernaut may be letting out a collective sigh of disappointment right about now. I know, yes, this is on most everyone's year-end list. But it's a good album. Wait... actually, it's a *great* album. Would it have become so popular without the lift of GlitchPork? I don't know. Maybe not.

    But I have to think this would've become a big album at some point. Yes some say they could be simmered down to Broken Social Scene + The Pixies + The Talking Heads, but there's more to hear with repeated listens. It's an emotionally draining set of songs from a Montreal couple who lost members of their family during recording. The tone of the album is anthemic. The songs are just absolutely bursting with raw emotion.

    This is most evident in "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" -- the most rockin' track on the record. This is one of those songs that goes beyond "a good driving song." It actually makes you want to blast off into outer space with your Corolla. Or better yet, it makes you want to run through the streets peeing your pants. Buy It.

    The Arcade Fire "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)"