Grammy Jawn: Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

February 14, 2011

Perennially, the Grammy’s are the elephant shit in the punch (gin) bowl that is music (what?), with nominations so bad that even Rolling Stone writers and white bloggers shake their heads.  I consider myself fairly learned in music, so it’s fairly insulting (or something) to me that this is the first Grammy album of the year that I’ve heard in SEVEN YEARS.  The Grammy voters must have realized that they turned what should have been a celebration of music into literally the worst award show there is* and that maybe they should stop rewarding artists in their sunset years for subpar albums.  If Robert Plant is so good, why did Led Zeppelin NEVER WIN A GRAMMY?  Obviously 95% of the awards and nominations were still terrible**, but most marginally-interested people in music consider (or should consider) this award win a victory.

ANYWAY, this album is fucking fantastic.  80s babies lamenting on the empty hope of American culture in a concept that’s fully formed and actually works, with a retro-feel that perfectly reflects the analog nostalgia evoked by the album cover.  Even though the belly of the album falters a little, it’s bookended with anthem after anthem and both vocalists are great.  One of the few recent albums that actually feels like an album rather than a collection of songs.  Great songwriting and their use of strings is always awesome***.  Recommended to all.

BTW, this is wonderful.

DL:  Arcade Fire – Ready To Start (320 kbps)

DL:  Arcade Fire – We Used To Wait (320 kbps)

DL:  Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) (320 kbps)

*  The 2006 Academy Awards are a close second.  The AVN’s are obviously the best.

**  Gotta shoutout my girl Gaga.  How the fuck did both her album and the re-issue of her album get nominated for album of the year???

***  Dope beats, dope rhymes, what more do y’all want???


One comment

  1. Didn’t herbie hancock win it for joni mitchell diaries? That album was amazing. Look at heated beiber fans got when spalding won? I think every year slipknot should win some type of award

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