The Suburbs is the third studio album by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire, released on August 2, 2010. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Irish Albums Chart, the UK Albums Chart, the US Billboard 200 chart, and the Canadian Albums Chart.
The Suburbs’ is an astonishing achievement for Arcade Fire; it boasts exquisite sophisticated songwriting that subtly taps into a sense of modern existential anxiety and elevates its makers yet again into a different musical league entirely.
The third album by Arcade Fire was a breakthrough commercially and exposure-wise, for the band. The ‘The Suburbs, Month of May’ 12" was the first single released. The two follow-ups, ‘We Used to Wait’ and ‘Ready to Start’ were the most succesful singles from the album in most countries including the US. The cover (there are eight different versions) shows a typical suburban home with a car parked in front. The car may also be symbolical for the perspective of the singer (and thus the listener) revisiting such a suburb, and reflecting back on his youth.
You'd figure an album bluntly called The Suburbs that focuses on The Way We Live might repeat some of Neon Bible 's worst tendencies. Instead, it's a satisfying return to form- proof that Arcade Fire can still make grand statements without sounding like they're carrying the weight of the world
Having already fled the cold comforts of suburbia on Funeral and suffered beneath the weight of the world on Neon Bible, it seems fitting that a band once so consumed with spiritual and social middle-class fury should find peace "under the overpass in the parking lo. If nostalgia is just pain recalled, repaired, and resold, then The Suburbs is its sales manual. Inspired by brothers Win and William Butler's suburban Houston, Texas upbringing, the 16-track record plays out like a long lost summer weekend, with the jaunty but melancholy Kinks/Bowie-esque title cut serving as its.
The Suburbs won the 2011 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Arcade Fire became the first album of the year winner not to have a Billboard Hot 100 hit on their resume since American comedian Vaughn Meader in 1963. The Suburbs won both the Album Of The Year and Alternative Album Of The Year prizes at the 2011 Juno Awards. The Suburbs won the 2011 Polaris Prize, which is voted on by Canadian music critics each year. In some respects it was a surprise as the Polaris grand jury has a reputation of going against the grain and snubbing commercially successful records. For instance, Arcade Fire's second album, Neon Bible, lost out in 2007 to Patrick Watson's Close to Paradise and in 2010 Karkwa's Les Chemins de verre was given the award in competition against higher-profile artists like Broken Social Scene, Owen Pallet and Tegan and Sara.
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