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

This article is nit-picking, as if Currin was determined to find something wrong with the new album entirely because AF has 'made it,' instead of analyzing the music for what it is. I hardly think AF is 'coldly staring down.' Currin is calling hypocritical a feeling that is very human--affection for the place one grew up, mixed with criticism of the same. We all feel nostalgia for the old hometown or suburb, even while we can't get far enough away. As for using You Tube for their sold-out concert even though their lyrics call for putting down your laptops and cell phones: the two are not similar enough to even be compared, much less called hypocritical. Both acts may involve using new technology, but the lyrics are calling for someone obsessed with technology to take a moment and see what else is out there. You can be sure the members of AF are aware of the need to do this, and often do, or they wouldn't be able to create such universal, awesome music. Using the technology to share a show with people who couldn't be there is very different from using technology to be self-indulgent, shutting out other experiences. That a band as popular as AF, who could certainly at this point sign with a major label and get big money thrown at them, but chooses to stay with Merge--unlike Magnetic Fields who left the label that put them where they are--shows loyalty and true character, hardly a 'cold stare.' What the Arcade Fire and Merge have achieved should be hailed as a breakthrough and a major celebration for indie music, not sneered at with such a cliched attitude as 'They made it, so they have to be bad, and I'll find that badness even if it means splitting hairs.'

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Posted by rrSTRICK on 08/17/2010 at 3:06 PM

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