Post by RxMarky Mark on Nov 1, 2013 12:31:32 GMT -5
Normal Person is my early favorite on side 1. I agree with a few people that its a better version of Month Of May, the pure rock cuts from each album. On side 2 the Awful Sound and Its Never Over are amazing back-to-back songs. Awful Sound may be my favorite song on the album. It has a very Beatles-eque quality to me. I can't wait to hear it live. The final minute will be a great singalong.
So far I like side 2 more, its more cohesive and a more "typical" AF album. Side 1 is definitely more chaotic and doesn't seem to have a great flow. It seems intentionally jarring, but it doesn't allow me to get comfortable with the album. This may change after a few more listens though. Overall I really like the album, but I don't love it yet. A few of the songs though are some of the favorite AF songs ever. The album will translate really well live though. Add in Neighborhood #3, Haiti, Wake Up, Sprawl II, No Cars Go, and a few of their more upbeat tracks to Normal Person, Reflektor, and Here Comes The Nighttime, and you already have the makings of an amazing, dance-filled live set.
As a side note, I have to stick up for Suburbs. Its my favorite AF album. It doesn't have the standout tracks of Funeral, but the album as a whole is so well thought out, sequenced, and paced, as well having some stunning songs (albeit lower-key), that its a complete work of music art.
Alright. Neon Bible starts off well and is really strong through Black Wave / Bad Vibrations. However, the rest of the album, with the exceptions of (Antichrist Television Blues) and No Cars Go, just drags on. I think even just re-ordering the tracks could make the overall album a more enjoyable experience.
There's no way we could ever replicate what happened last night. Holy shhhheeeiiiiiiiiettttttt.
Except for a situation outside with some summers breeze in a sacs cutting the line (omg a fight almost broke out!) shortly before doors, last night was perfection. there was a loophole with the security forming the line and a lot of people were taking advantage and sneaking in.
The highlight for me was definitely "Normal Person" and "Here Comes the Nighttime". The energy was so high. cgebert wasn't kidding, it was a huge dance party, everyone was moving. We were dead center like 5th-6th people back. It was crazy. Lots of jumping up and down, lots of screaming, and just great vibes. Usually I have to travel 2000 miles away to Manchester TN to get those vibes.
I remember thinking: "this is like if I was at Bonnaroo, seeing a headlining band on a tent stage, and I'm at the front."
Did I mention that Arcade Fire KILLED it?!?!?!?! The songs from the new album really are great. And the setlist last night was pleasantly different than the other warm up shows in Brooklyn Miami and Montreal. We got a Devo cover and Headlights Look Like Diamonds. Also they played Neighbourhoods 3 (Power Out) in the beginning of the setlist. Took me way off guard and sent chills down my spine. Right before the thundering opening, Win said something to the tune "Let's go! It's Halloween! We're not f-cking around!"
Very excited for the forthcoming world tour. This is gonna be a fun one.
I agree with everything you said. That concert was insane. I must have been right near you in line/the venue. I was about 5 or 6 rows back a little to the left. Also, in line I was like one loop ahead from that fight. I would hardly say a fight almost broke out, I'm pretty sure it was a full on fight at one point, it was pretty crazy. And I was shocked at how many people were there prior to doors. I would say 50% of the total venue was waiting outside before doors are open, which is insane.
And I completely agree with the Bonnaroo vibes. Honestly I haven't been too much of a fan of the crowds at most LA shows I've been to (tend to just kinda stand there a lot of the time), but this show was absolutely nothing like that. Only complaint is the fairly short set, but I expected that based on the rest of the shows. I'm really hoping I can catch them up close in a festival setting and try to relive that show!
Also, holy shit that was the most exhausting show I have been to. Just non stop jumping/dancing. Should be my cardio for the week...
I didn't really have anything special on. I was wearing jungle-ish clothes. I am a guy and had a skirt on, so that is probably the most obvious thing haha. I just kinda threw something together last minute since I decided I didn't want to do formal and die from overheating (which was a great decision). I didn't see anyone in a black morph suit though, at least not that I remember.
Post by kidabstract on Nov 4, 2013 23:30:20 GMT -5
so so so so so good. I just got around to listening to the new one. I can't even get past porno. I was listening to the whole album, heard porno, and have now listened to that song like 9 times in a row.
Just picked up the vinyl. Flashbulb Eyes is track 2 on Side A, and We Exist is track 1 on Side B, or number 4. Then when I downloaded the mp3 version, We Exist is track 2 and Flashbulb Eyes is 3. Very interesting and curious as to why the switch.
This throws me off everytime, when I listen to the vinyl at home, and the mp3 in my car.
Post by thebrianman on Nov 5, 2013 13:05:24 GMT -5
Wasn't a big fan of Disc 2 for awhile. Started to listen more and finally Porno grew on me. First disc is still my fav. Normal People, Here Comes the Night Time, We Exist, along with the title track, can't be beat.
Post by The Festive Bowel on Nov 5, 2013 15:59:02 GMT -5
I like every song, but my faves from each side are Here Comes the Night and It's Never Over. I too was initially kinda annoyed by the Joan of Arc song and thought it was clearly the weakest link on the album, but after the 3rd or 4th listen...I dig them sh*ts.
Post by Reginald Ledoux on Nov 6, 2013 13:03:05 GMT -5
You know what? After listening to everything several times through, I think I still like disc one better. And in fact, I have grown to love the title track even more now after hearing everything else. My favorite song on the album has changed several times. First it was "Here Come's the Nighttime" Then it was "Normal Person." Now I think it's "Reflektor," although I see it being "Awful Sound" soon.
This is my favorite video so far from it.
EDIT: Normal Person is my favorite song of the year. Can't wait to see it live.
Post by Reginald Ledoux on Nov 14, 2013 19:16:03 GMT -5
Initial Arcade Fire Tour dates. Hangout is a legit possibility. Coacheller looks like a go. Jazz Fest and Beale Street also possible. What else?
March 6 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum Center March 8 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center March 10 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills March 12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center March 13 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre March 14 - Ottawa, ON - Canadian Tire Centre March 16 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena March 17 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center March 18 - Bridgeport, CT - Webser Bank Arena April 9 - Houston, TX - CWM Pavilion April 10 - Austin, TX - 360 Amphithater April 23 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center April 26 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre April 27 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater April 29 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center May 1 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena May 2 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre July 30 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre August 8 - Seattle, WA - The Gorge August 11 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place August 12 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome August 14 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre August 17 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center August 19 - Boston, MA - Comcast Center August 22 & 23 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center August 26 - Chicago, IL - United Center August 30 - Montreal, QC - Parc Jean Drapeau