Montrealâ€™s husband-and-wife fronted indie rock band Arcade Fire are the proud parents of their third critically acclaimed LP â€œThe Suburbsâ€. Its 16 tracks are driven by simple and repetitive lyrics, while capturing universal and relatable emotions of greater significance.
The suburbs are familiar to many of us with their cookie-cutter houses and perfectly groomed lawns, the social pressures of snoopy neighbors and all those malls. Arcade Fire understands what it is like growing up on cul-de-sacs, and how growing up is hard for anyone.
Their lyrics are laced with adulthood insecurities that come along with finding jobs, having kids, moving on and living life as a â€œmodern man.â€ It seems these music giants are human too and going through the same everyday issues as their listeners.
Each song on â€œThe Suburbsâ€ flows together to create a journey and a theme of growing up. The album is a story that is relaying the thoughts of todayâ€™s youth, struggling with both the worldâ€™s problems and their own.
Combining their percussion and piano-driven rock sound with a hint of â€˜80s synth pop creates an array of unique instruments that adds to Arcade Fireâ€™s style. Although the band boasts seven members, the songs are not muddled by too much chaos.
Longtime fans of the band will appreciate the balanced style found between their first LP â€œFuneralâ€ and their second LP â€œNeon Bible.â€ Arcade Fire manages to keep true to their sound, while crossing into fresh and revealing territory.
Music reviewer Michael Sakas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.