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Arcade Fire — Deep Blue
Album: The Suburbs
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Released: 2010
Length: 4:20
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Here are my place and time
And here in my own skin, I can finally begin
Let the century pass me by
Standing under night sky, tomorrow means nothing
I was only a child then feeling barely alive when
I heard a song from the speaker of a passing car
And prayed to a dying star, the memory's fading
I can almost remember singing

La la la, la la la la, la la la, la la la la, oooh

We watched the end of the century
Compressed on a tiny screen, a dead star collapsing and we could see
That something was ending
Are you through pretending? We saw its signs in the suburbs
You could never have predicted that he could see through you
Kasparov, Deep Blue, nineteen-ninety-six
Your mind's pulling tricks now
The show is over so take a bow, we're living in the shadows

La la la, la la la la, ooh, la la la, la la la la, oooh

Hey, put the cellphone down for a while
In the night there is something wild, can you hear it breathing?
And hey, put the laptop down for a while
In the night there is something wild, I feel it, it's leaving me
La la la, la la la la, la la la, la la la la
La la la, la la la la, la la la, la la la la
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reading through these comments... wow what a bunch of angry trolls!
Egads. This only makes my Monday morning worse. 
 fredriley wrote:
 kingart wrote:
Gosh. Maybe one of the most over rated bands, musically, of recent years.
 

Perhaps, perhaps not, but they have a lot to say lyrically, particularly about the desolation (physical, social and psychological) of modern suburbia.

 
I agree fredriley. But they can accompany those lyrics with music that is not the same shit in different songs. The good or great mainstream bands that have accomplished that outnumber those that did not. In other words, some musical innovation and energy would seriously help their overall appeal. After a certain point, I don't give a fuck what they're singing about if the music is trite, canned and repetitive. That kills whatever they're singing about. 
It's surprising to me that Arcade Fire's music has such divisive comments on RP.  I only really became exposed to them recently on RP and think they're pretty solid.  I'm not really getting the pretentious angle, but maybe that came from  from reactions to music critics or overplay when the songs first came out?
 justin4kick wrote:


 
You timed the beat perfectly...Cheers.

Oh...And this song fails.
 kingart wrote:
Gosh. Maybe one of the most over rated bands, musically, of recent years. Every time I listen I hope and half expect to hear more there there, but to these ears their sound started to wear out its welcome in the first intro. AF lost me at hello.
 
Yah, I think that's a fair assessment.
I wouldn't say I hate 'em (as many seem to), but it's safe to say they don't live up to the hype.
idiot_wind sure loves 'em though!  ; )
 Stingray wrote:
Pussy art-rock for beginners and girlies!

 
"This music is for GIRLS" - Said someone in grade 2 and this idiot.


 kingart wrote:
Gosh. Maybe one of the most over rated bands, musically, of recent years.
 

Perhaps, perhaps not, but they have a lot to say lyrically, particularly about the desolation (physical, social and psychological) of modern suburbia.



 Rmike wrote:

And look what you can do with only one anus!!  You wear it like a hippie headband.

 
Don't wear your heart on your sleeve, wear your Anus on your head!!

Priceless, wish I'd written that
Gosh. Maybe one of the most over rated bands, musically, of recent years. Every time I listen I hope and half expect to hear more there there, but to these ears their sound started to wear out its welcome in the first intro. AF lost me at hello. 
Aggghhhhh!  The PSD is having issues!
pretty poor but way better than squeal young.
This puts the hurt-wrench on my ears. Stripped of the pseudo-psychological babble, its just crappy music. Uck.
 lily34 wrote:

It´s amazing what they can do with only three notes. Just like what some women can do with only two boobs.


 
And look what you can do with only one anus!!  You wear it like a hippie headband.
very nice.
Pussy art-rock for beginners and girlies!
 kingart wrote:
Saw about three minutes of these guys on Austin City Limits the other night. 
Is it me? Am I an uncool classic rock fart?  I heard noise and din, and saw an act that was more trying to look impressive bizarre bohemian than be good musicians!  They've lost me.  
 
Yep... that's all it is.  Noise and din. No musicians here.

OR.... you actually ARE an uncool classic rock fart.

Take your pick.
 westslope wrote:

Interesting.  Look, we have tonnes of ugly, community-impoverished urban sprawl up here in Canada.  But flying over the USA, one cannot help but notice how the countryside is covered in low-density suburban sprawl. Wow!   It never seems to end....

 If the Old Testament God wanted Americans to destroy their land, they have succeeded.  


 



HA HA HA...love ya, sloppy...
 mvanderford60 wrote:
Three notes - yes, but something about it captures the dystopian ennui of the miles and miles of suburbs surrounding every major city  — homogeneity, cloyingly simple, safe, and yet profoundly disturbing.  Album of the year, for sure.
 

Interesting.  Look, we have tonnes of ugly, community-impoverished urban sprawl up here in Canada.  But flying over the USA, one cannot help but notice how the countryside is covered in low-density suburban sprawl. Wow!   It never seems to end....

 If the Old Testament God wanted Americans to destroy their land, they have succeeded.  


Saw about three minutes of these guys on Austin City Limits the other night. 
Is it me? Am I an uncool classic rock fart?  I heard noise and din, and saw an act that was more trying to look impressive bizarre bohemian than be good musicians!  They've lost me.  
"You could have never predicted that it could see through you
Kasparov, Deep Blue, 1996
Your mind's playing tricks now
Show's over so take a bow
And leave it in the shadows"

"The first game of the 1996 match was the first game to be won by a chess-playing computer against a reigning world champion under normal chess tournament conditions, and in particular, normal time controls." (from wikipedia)

 
"I say your civilization, because as soon as we started thinking for you it really became our civilization, which is of course what this is all about. Evolution, Morpheus, evolution. Like the dinosaur. Look out that window. You've had your time. The future is our world, Morpheus. The future is our time."  Agent Smith in The Matrix
Robo drumming. A band with a different aesthetic, good, but every song sounds like a clone of another, bad. What happened to the band of Keep The Car Running    ?  

 
hkarr wrote:
Another repetitive, boring song from Arcade Fire that goes absolutely nowhere.
 
Nooooooooooo!

I am sorry, but I just felt they read my mind. Again. 
Another repetitive, boring song from Arcade Fire that goes absolutely nowhere.
 justin4kick wrote:

It´s amazing what they can do with only three notes. Just like what some women can do with only two boobs.

 

 old_shep wrote:

Well, they know at least three notes.

 
It´s amazing what they can do with only three notes. Just like what some women can do with only two boobs.

Great segue from this song to CSN&Y's "Country Girl"—the similarities between the songs are obvious. This kind of musical overlap keeps the older songs fresh and relevant and makes older listeners appreciate the newer songs. 

This is the primary reason for RP's excellence.  
 Byronape wrote:

As someone who as several of their albums, they are fairly good musicians.  I don't think any of them would say that they are in the league with the greats, but all of them are above average. 

I've always felt that there is a difference between simplicity and lack of complexity. 

 
As someone who used to be in a band with one of the band members, I can say that they are very good musicians.  Much better technically than what the recordings display.  My friend is grandson of the late, great Alvino Rey - there was certainly a musical influence in the family.

Hipsters wouldn't buy an album with more than three notes anyway, right?

 old_shep wrote:

Well, they know at least three notes.

 
As someone who as several of their albums, they are fairly good musicians.  I don't think any of them would say that they are in the league with the greats, but all of them are above average. 

I've always felt that there is a difference between simplicity and lack of complexity. 

 on2whls wrote:

I find that hard to believe, that there's still real music stores that is.
 
CD Central. It's pretty awesome.

 on2whls wrote:

I find that hard to believe, that there's still real music stores that is.
 
https://www.shakeitrecords.com
Northside  Cincinnati, Ohio 
Excellent.

We watched the end of the century
Compressed on a tiny screen
A dead star collapsing and we could see
That something was ending


Awesome record - and a live performance as good as any I've seen in quite some time.
 ziggytrix wrote:

there's actually 8 in total
 
The four with the landscapes should be distributed based on the region with that landscape.  For instance, the second from the top left looks like it belongs in Ohio.  But then again, I'm not in marketing, let alone strategic brand management.

 on2whls wrote:

I find that hard to believe, that there's still real music stores that is.
 
There really are my friend, there really are.  Music will never die.

 mandolin wrote:
...i was at the music store this weekend and noticed that this album has at least three different covers - the same car in the foreground of all three, but a different slice of generic mediorica behind it in each one...
 


I find that hard to believe, that there's still real music stores that is.
 mandolin wrote:
...i was at the music store this weekend and noticed that this album has at least three different covers - the same car in the foreground of all three, but a different slice of generic mediorica behind it in each one...
 
there's actually 8 in total


 mvanderford60 wrote:
Three notes - yes, but something about it captures the dystopian ennui of the miles and miles of suburbs surrounding every major city  — homogeneity, cloyingly simple, safe, and yet profoundly disturbing.  Album of the year, for sure.
 
Yep.

Three notes - yes, but something about it captures the dystopian ennui of the miles and miles of suburbs surrounding every major city  — homogeneity, cloyingly simple, safe, and yet profoundly disturbing.  Album of the year, for sure.
 ick wrote:
Hate Arcade Fire!
 
Why bother {#Rolleyes} ?
Hate Arcade Fire!
Love Arcade Fire!
Always love the  AF... Real artists! Imagine that!
I'd rather hear three notes played well than 500 played badly.
 old_shep wrote:

Well, they know at least three notes.


 
Hey, it worked for AC/DC.


 old_shep wrote:

Well, they know at least three notes.


 
so does bob dylan.

I like how Arcade Fire puts their stuff together.

 old_shep wrote:

Well, they know at least three notes.


 
hahaha great comment!!

 Bad_Art wrote:
Is that an old Duster on the cover?  My best friend had one in senior year (84).  

 
It looks like a late-70s/early 80's Mercedes Benz sedan to me. 

Well, they know at least three notes.


 sirdroseph wrote:
They are alright, but I don't see them as the second coming of Christ as everyone else seems to!{#Eek}
 
The J would never listen to Arcade Fire, I hear he's into CW. . .

{#Mrgreen}


...i was at the music store this weekend and noticed that this album has at least three different covers - the same car in the foreground of all three, but a different slice of generic mediorica behind it in each one...
 sirdroseph wrote:
They are alright, but I don't see them as the second coming of Christ as everyone else seems to!{#Eek}
 

I don't think people think that. It's not like it's one of the greatest albums of all time or something, but like the previous poster touched on, it's pretty easy to get over-excited about a band/album that's good nowadays because 95% of music that comes out is blah.
They are alright, but I don't see them as the second coming of Christ as everyone else seems to!{#Eek}
Best album of the year (so far). So many good songs. Heard the album dozens of times and still haven't get tired of it (like 95% of stuff nowadays).
I do believe this is at least the third song I've heard from this album that I like!  RP RULES
Is that an old Duster on the cover?  My best friend had one in senior year (84).  

me likey
Right on, great new album these guys have put out. Should be one of this years' best.