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Carl Sandburg Visits Me In A Dream

Carl Sandburg Visits Me In A Dream will serve as a blog for me to share my thoughts and musings, with a special emphasis on music. The music that will appear in this blog is for evaluation/sampling purposes only, and is designed to promote up and coming bands. Remember, if you like the artist(s), buy the CD! If you are the owner of a sound file and would like it removed, please contact us and we will kindly take it down.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Neon Funeral

The anticipation of a sophomore release is always a tense time for a band and its fans. This was certainly the case for Montreal's "something-tet," Arcade Fire. AF's 2004 release, Funeral, was touted by critics and major indie blogs. New York's The Village Voice ended up ranking the band 6th on their annual Pop and Jazz List, Time Magazine gave them a cover spot, and most recently, SNL featured the band on a February episode hosted by Rainn Wilson. Here's my brief take on how the album stacks up by itself and, unavoidably, in relation to Funeral.

The band kept the overall sound and image the same. Just as Funeral was loosely based around the deaths of several relatives of band members, Neon Bible expresses a certain amount of religious uncertainty: "Lord, would you send me a sign, / 'cause I just gotta know if I'm wastin' my time!" Win Butler preaches in (Antichrist Television Blues).

I really feel like I'm listening to an AF album when I get to track four, "Intervention." Outlined with pipe organ chords, the band creates the illusion that we are hearing the song from a distance until the bass and drums enter 1:40 in (Reminds me structurally of "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)" and "In the Backseat" from Funeral). The subject matter is a realist critique on human relationships. Musically, it ends with a sense of triumph, complete with a string arrangement, but the vocals reveal mere acceptance: "Hear the soldier groan, "We'll go at it alone."

Some other favorites include: "No Cars Go," a remastered version of a track from the EP the band released before Funeral, "Black Wave/Bad Vibrations," and my favorite, "Windowsill" (Give it a listen!). The album picks up nicely where Funeral Left off, giving a more varied and complete collection of songs. In terms of lyrics, yes! The lyrics are on the darker side, but often with a sense of hope and sincere curiosity. Funeral had a better collection of complex and beautiful orchestrations, but Neon Bible is certain to make an excellent live translation and create even more hype for the next release, assuming the mammoth-sized band stays intact.

Go and buy Neon Bible.
Patrick

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3 Comments:

Blogger bruno-sugai said...

sorry to post this in comments, but i couldn't find a contact email...

i've made a new ep

remixes of the wu tang, frank zappa, zap mama, outkast, more

http://tago-mago.net/music2.htm

Reviews below:

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The "Eardrums shall fail" blog said:

"Rarely have I heard a reinvention of music I was, or thought I was, familiar with, in such unexpected ways."



http://eashfa.wordpress.com/2007/02/24/pusherman-tago-mago/


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"Irk the Purists" said:

"interesting bedroom remixes, some of the best I've heard in a long while."



http://irkthepurists.blogspot.com

7:43 AM  
Anonymous CB said...

I'll keep listening to the suckers... maybe I just gotta give them time.

4:48 PM  
Anonymous c*bert said...

....alright. I'm coming around.

10:42 AM  

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