Their obscurity relative to Top 40 heavy hitters is well-known, and bewildered reactions to the coup are being expertly documented on a “Who Is Arcade Fire?” Tumblr. This all despite being the biggest indie act going right now. They even appeared on Saturday Night Live last November – though I suppose that’s just as much a reflection of the current state of America’s favorite weekly sketch show run by a Canadian.
So just in case you’re one of those people who wondering why music fans won’t shut up about a burning Chuck E. Cheese, here’s Chris’s review of their Grammy-winning album The Suburbs.
For Arcade Fire neophytes, Chris puts The Suburbs in context, charting the evolution of the band from their previous albums Funeral and Neon Bible:
“The Suburbs, due out next week, avoids the anthemic emotional affirmations of Funeral while also side-stepping the overwrought political sentimentalities of Neon Bible. It's a mess of contradictions - uplifting and despairing, a cry for present action and a nostalgic look at bygone times, a touch of childlike wonder mixed with mature cynicism.”