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The Suburbs: Deluxe (Bonus Tracks)

The Suburbs: Deluxe by Arcade Fire
Released: Aug 2010
Label: Merge Records
The Suburbs is an intimate portrayal of not just sameness and shopping malls, but also the nostalgia and jadedness that comes with it. It opens with a deceptively jovial beat... then gets morbidly epic. As they "drive through the sprawl," guitars, strings and synths gather and tumble, then sway like an empty swing in the wind before dissipating into laser bleeps and ABBA beats. Win Butler then makes his final admission: "If I could have it back/ All the time that we wasted/ I'd only waste it again." This deluxe edition includes "Culture War" and the David Byrne assist "Speaking in Tongues."
Stephanie Benson