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« Jul 24, 2010 15:44:37 GMT »
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After the first listen I thought it was ok - nothing to get excited about.

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« Jul 24, 2010 20:08:16 GMT »
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On the plus side, Suburban War is great.

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« Jul 25, 2010 12:56:44 GMT »
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« Jul 26, 2010 9:00:08 GMT »
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is it that bad? I can't believe how great they were 5 or 6 years ago, me and my mate saw them in Berlin on their first tour, they were so good we decided to take the train to Hamburg to see them again the next day. Then Neon Bible came out and I felt seriously betrayed.

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« Jul 26, 2010 10:10:01 GMT »
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I don't get the Neon Bible hating. Sure, it's not as good as Funeral but it's still a good record.

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« Jul 26, 2010 10:42:42 GMT »
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Agree with Tucks. It's hardly a shit album, not sure what everyone's problem is.

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« Jul 26, 2010 11:06:22 GMT »
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I'd say this album initially anyway sounds like another step down. Neon Bible had some real stand out tracks, it just went too far on some (Intervention, My Body is a Cage, etc). A lot of this is the other way; it's just bland stuff really.

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« Jul 26, 2010 12:27:47 GMT »
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Yeah I like Neon Bible, its not Funeral but then they may never make anything as good as that album, I quite like the bombast and over the top production on Intervention, My Body is a Cage, No Cars Go etc.. but you also have some more stripped back songs like the title track and the more direct approache of stuff like Antichrist.. etc..

Also, the lyrics on the whole album are great.

This is growing on me after a few listens, I wasn't blown away, but I didn't think it was bad, it has a lull in the middle at the moment for me, but hopefully i'll grow to like them

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« Jul 26, 2010 17:30:17 GMT »
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fuck me this was boring

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« Jul 27, 2010 13:38:50 GMT »
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am I right in thinking that this is a terrible idea contrary to nearly 30 years of thinking on how to master a CD?

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« Jul 27, 2010 13:47:53 GMT »
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Listened to this for the first time walking to work this morning and honestly don't think it's as bad or boring as people are making out, maybe a 7/10. My main gripe at the minute is the length of it. Gonna give it another few spins throughout the day.


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« Jul 27, 2010 13:50:48 GMT »
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I decided to get the flac and burn it to cd, play it on a proper hifi to see if that improves it (funeral sounds 10x better when its BIG). but i think i'm clutching at straws.

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« Jul 27, 2010 14:20:48 GMT »
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neon bible was pretty good imo, intervention is a massive song

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« Jul 27, 2010 14:40:28 GMT »
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Neon Bible is definitely a good album. Completely different to Funeral but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. The Suburbs is different again but I don't reckon it's a bad album and I reckon it's biggest let down is it's length.

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« Jul 27, 2010 15:39:04 GMT »
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Half way through the third song now and so far it's not done much for me tbh. I think I'm gonna have to quit listening half way through though as my family are due back off holiday in the next 30 mins, so will need to give it a proper listen all the way through. Just listened to Funeral before this so it's got a lot to live up to tbh.

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« Jul 27, 2010 16:47:34 GMT »
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I decided to get the flac and burn it to cd, play it on a proper hifi to see if that improves it (funeral sounds 10x better when its BIG). but i think i'm clutching at straws.


I was. its shit. theres really not a lot going on and much of what is happening is just musical and lyrical cliches. the most dissapointing record since be here now.
4/10

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« Jul 27, 2010 17:43:54 GMT »
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Onto my 3rd listen and still enjoying tbh.

Album gets off to a strong start with The Suburbs, Ready To Start & Modern Man but then Rococo comes on and spoils the run. Things pick-up again with Empty Room but then City With No Children & Half Light I are gash. Quite like Half Light II, though. Suburban War is great as is Month of May. Quite fond of Wasted Hours and Deep Blue. We Used To Wait, I though it was gash but it's grew on me. Sprawl II I think is good, better than Sprawl I. The Suburbs (continued) is pointless. Basically, my tracklisting would be:

The Suburbs
Ready To Start
Modern Man
Empty Room
Half Light II (No Celebration)
Suburban War
Month of May
Wasted Hours
Deep Blue
We Used To Wait
Sprawl II

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« Jul 28, 2010 12:29:42 GMT »
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I decided to get the flac and burn it to cd, play it on a proper hifi to see if that improves it (funeral sounds 10x better when its BIG). but i think i'm clutching at straws.


I was. its shit. theres really not a lot going on and much of what is happening is just musical and lyrical cliches. the most dissapointing record since be here now.
4/10


Its very "Dancing in the Dark" Springsteen. I cant say this is the best thing Ive heard all year by any stretch, but I think its an enjoyable record despite its apparent shallow experience. The Be Here Now comparison is very apt, but not for the disappointment. Its clearly a reach for the mainstream.

I definitely am enjoying it as an album more than Neon Bible at least.

7/10

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« Jul 28, 2010 12:55:11 GMT »
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7/10 is a very fair rating IMO.

The album has some great moments, particularly Ready To Start, Modern Man & Suburban War (for me, anyway) and it's pretty strong in places. It's just bogged down by some blandness in the middle which makes the album feel waaay too long and overall, a difficult listen.

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I was. its shit. theres really not a lot going on and much of what is happening is just musical and lyrical cliches. the most dissapointing record since be here now.
4/10


Its very "Dancing in the Dark" Springsteen. I cant say this is the best thing Ive heard all year by any stretch, but I think its an enjoyable record despite its apparent shallow experience. The Be Here Now comparison is very apt, but not for the disappointment. Its clearly a reach for the mainstream.

I definitely am enjoying it as an album more than Neon Bible at least.

7/10


how else does it compare to be here now, this piece of shit is a calculated grab for kings of leon style success, with kings of leon style blandness in the album, be here now was an uncalculated cocaine addled mess of self indulgence.

also: praising bono, fuck off and die win you cunt
www.nme.com/news/arcade-fire/52255

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