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Arcade Fire: Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out)

 
Whether you believe the hype, or not, is of no consequence. Hype is natural, it is nature, it abhors a vacumn. It fills up the holes and at times sucks many others into it's slipstream as well. I want to say believe the hype, but I haven't read, or endured, all the hype surrounding Arcade Fire, although I have listened to and witnessed them perform. The Arcade Fire are good. They are especially good on this song, "Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out)". Win Butler's near frantic vocal once again pierces this track as it does nearly all on Funeral. The band floats in big circles on the percolating coffee rhythm section bubbling beneath them; taking the time to relax only when a calmed violin lifts off their raft like a soft white bird. Working from a full slate of influences, two of the more highly touted being David Bowie and Talking Heads, "Neighbourhood #3" finds them taking the 80's hyperkineticism of Adam and the Ants and marrying it to the chop and chime of New York's, The Walkmen, gone orchestral.

Alan Williamson
*sixeyes

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