Edit: Photo credits below, or click on the photos - Someone in the comments pointed out that this review isn't well structured. I won't argue with that, my goal here is to occasionally ramble and have fun sticking words together. Apologies to grumpy music lovers. Photo credits at the bottom or just click on 'em.
The Arcade Fire is like a flock of urban pigeons. Humbly aware that they’re only alive because their ancestors survived millions of years of evolution yet unabashedly willing to crap on pretentious hipsters.
Is their music world changing? Maybe, but at the very least you can listen to it without fear of the feeling that comes after really getting into a band and then wondering what the hell you were thinking a few months later. And boundless talent notwithstanding, the violinist is the cutest little bird to grace this planet in quite a while.
Maybe I’m getting old but at this point in my life I’m starting to listen to what musicians are actually saying. I have this sense that they’re just people so damn determined to explain the inexplicable that they’re forced, after realizing the limitations of conventional linguistics, to look for wooden utensils with strings attached to get their point across. Which makes writers uncoordinated musicians I guess. People who pick up instruments without that motivation reek of boy band illiteracy. With Arcade Fire you get the feeling they’re angst ridden due to a birth with only two arms, more of which would surely be put to use simultaneously playing additional instruments.
The lead singer and feminine voice of the band are married. And they’re all adept at music. She jumped on the drums and people were scampering about, grabbing instruments and skillfully flogging various inanimate objects with sticks and ropes. The crowd was happy.
I don’t dance sober, and I wasn’t totally myself, but I would have anyway.
For your viewing pleasure here they are, crammed in an elevator I wish I was stuck in, playing the title track. Photo credits below.
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The top photo is by Kathryn on Flickr. Check it out here.
The Violinist is Sarah Neufeld, photo is used with permission from Jim Newberry, read more about the photo here.