“I would rather be wrong than live in the shadows of your song,” sings Win Butler in Ready to Start, one of the tracks on the Arcade Fire’s new album, The Suburbs. The third major release by the Montréal band, The Suburbs offers Butler’s thoughts and memories of growing up in suburbia (in his case, outside Houston, Texas), and while the memories are often sepia-toned and bitter, the raw honesty of Butler’s recollection invites the listener to invoke their own memories of a youth misled.
Butler’s wife Régine Chassagne, brother Will Butler, and regular band members Richard Reed Parry, Jeremy Gara, Sarah Neufeld and Tim Kingsbury provide texture and balance to Win’s musings on postmodern disillusionment and sense of misfit. They fill his stark, lonely world of sameness with substance and colour, allowing the listener an escape out of suburbia and into a world where anything is possible.
Listen to: Ready to Start, Modern Man, Half Light II (No Celebration).