The Suburbs

This is a busy week, and I have been thinking for a while that I might change things up a bit. So I’m going to highlight an album over this coming week. I hope you like it.

My older lad and I went to see Arcade Fire at what’s now called Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada. The band were touring to support their album The Suburbs (2010) and it was a fantastic show. I seem to recall the set looked like it was the underside of a freeway bridge.

Most of the band members play several instruments, so their concerts are almost like watching a game of musical chairs. High energy musical chairs, mind you… (Sweety and I saw the Reflektor tour a few years later; also a terrific show.)

I’ve posted before to say that when The Suburbs was released, I disliked it the first few times I heard it. I set it aside for a while, and when I listened to it again a few more times, it really hooked me.

“The Suburbs” is, perhaps naturally, the opening track of the collection. It sets the tone for what I feel is a cohesive whole, an album whose songs work so well together and seem like a kind of rock opera to me.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

This is the official video for the song from Arcade Fire’s YouTube channel. Please remember to click on “thumbs-up” on the video if you appreciated the artists’ work.

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