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Re: “The Arcade Fire's ascension, and their cold stare back down

Thanks for your article - really enjoyed this. I've been feeling similar things since Neon Bible, and it was nice to read someone articulating these ideas well. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on the relationship between the music and the lyrics. It seems that part of AF's mainstream success has to do with their ability to orient their lyrics toward a sort of vague cultural angst that they gesture toward without really shedding any light on. Rather than uncovering anything, the lyrics actually seem to be dumbing things down quite a bit in order to resonate. To what extent does the music operate in a similar way? In other words, does the music "articulate" these ideas and concerns in ways that are more profound, nuanced, or meaningful?

It's interesting that you compare AF to Radiohead here. I tend to think and wonder the exact same things about them.

Posted by Mirk on 08/12/2010 at 4:10 PM

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