Arcade Fire - Funeral
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Based on 16 reviews
2004 Ratings: #2 / 297
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2004 Ratings: #2
September 14, 2004 / Release Date
LP / Format
Merge / Rough Trade / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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Drowned in Sound
The fact that the music is so paradoxically life-affirming and euphoric makes it much easier to write, what now feel like, trite hyperboles.
Tiny Mix Tapes

Funeral is like nothing you've heard before, and altogether familiar. Funeral comforts and cares, marches and dares, and towers over us with its anthemic choruses and orchestral arrangements.


These are songs that pump blood back into the heart as fast and furiously as it's draining from the sleeve on which it beats

The Guardian
Everything is delivered in Flaming Lips cinemascope, which would mean nothing without lyrics to melt the heart.

The scorched soul of these 10 songs shines like a winter sun, bright against the gloom of the loss that inspired it.

NOW Magazine

The Montreal indie squad use forms rooted in tradition, from violin-drenched waltzes to dusty acoustic folk, from doo-wop to calypso, and give them a theatrical pomo twist.

God Is in the TV

This is the debut of the millennium, and I cannot describe just how much you need it in your life.


It's taken perhaps too long for us to reach this point where an album is at last capable of completely and successfully restoring the tainted phrase "emotional" to its true origin.

No Ripcord

Funeral, is so fresh and exciting it's hard to believe they are operating in an old and potentially stale form. Not only are the songs uniformly excellent, they also show a mastery of the art of controlled dynamics, of tension and release, that most young bands ignore to pursue the catharsis of sustained intensity.

With airy production and sweetly innocent vocals a la My Bloody Valentine, the album feels like a fairy tale happening under the jaded eye of grown-ups.
Coke Machine Glow

Funeral ... is a realization of what they'd set out to practice with Arcade Fire, and is a resounding success on all levels -- the group clearly able to make something incredible out of the familiar, and something inexplicably moving out of one emotionally draining year.


The band has created an unquestionably sincere and autobiographical work of art, no matter how coded the lyrics prove at times. 


For those of us who still believe in music’s power to redeem, ‘Funeral’ feels like detox, the most cathartic album of the year.

Entertainment Weekly

For the most part, Funeral is a lovely, uplifting, and often pleasingly grandiose whirl through a panoply of sounds.

Rolling Stone

The band could have gone for a less direct title, but even then it would have been crystal clear: Funeral captures the agony and even ecstasy of surviving death all around you.


With Funeral, they have expanded their sound beyond the narrow sonic precincts of their EP and begin to make a name for themselves in the sphere of multi-instrumental indie rock.

i think this album is faultless, its a beautiful full album debut, and live this band carry off the energy within the music on this record. a must for any music fan.
Closing in on it's ten year anniversary, "Funeral" still holds up as Arcade Fire's greatest album and one of the most beautiful-to-listen-to albums ever released.
One of my favorite debut albums by any one artist, Funeral is both ambitious and deeply personal. It can take a couple listens to fully sink in, but when it does, you'll wonder why it took you so damn long to find Arcade Fire.

Loved: Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels), Neighborhood #2 (Laika), Une Annee Sans Lumiere, Neighborhood #3 (Power Out), Crown of Love, Rebellion (Lies)
Liked: Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles), Wake Up, Haiti, In The Backseat
Disliked: None
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Track List

  1. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) 
  2. Neighborhood #2 (Laika) 
  3. Une Annee Sans Lumiere 
  4. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
  5. Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles) 
  6. Crown of Love 
  7. Wake Up 
  8. Haiti 
  9. Rebellion (Lies) 
  10. In the Backseat

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