Arcade Fire – Neon Bible

neonbibleAt times Arcade Fire are a bit too cute for me. They are consciously big and bleak, with exotic touches and the spirit of a pep rally — a marching goth band. Funeral (2004) shows a gift for melody and the ability to construct a good album from start to finish. Neon Bible boasts a darker tone and the converted church in which it was recorded. Long on texture and short of compelling moments (the standouts being “Windowsill” and “No Cars Go”), it rates a concerned shrug. Are these guys better-than-indie? There is hope yet.

Rating: C+

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