Arcade Fire - Funeral
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2004 Ratings: #2 / 299
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2004 Ratings: #2
September 14, 2004 / Release Date
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Merge / Rough Trade / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
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.
100
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.

100
AllMusic

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

100
The Guardian
Everything is delivered in Flaming Lips cinemascope, which would mean nothing without lyrics to melt the heart.
100
Clash

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

100
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.

100
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.

97
Pitchfork

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.

90
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.

90
Sputnikmusic
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.
90
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.

90
Paste

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

90
NME

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

83
Entertainment Weekly

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

80
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.

80
Prefix

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.

100
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.
CheapandLethal
100
Amazing
MiaWatterson
100
Funeral is the debut album of the band Arcade Fire. It is their best record in my opinion as it represents an ambitious, passionate, intense and poetic piece of art. It is extremely deep and emotional and I have to say, it touches me in a very personal way. The group itself influenced and influences indie and alternative bands. I'm a huge fan of Arcade Fire's music and I really like The Suburbs but this is... This is a MASTERPIECE. The instrumentation is almost symphonic, every layer is in its ... read more
dlspslb
94
it's like i'm feeling nostalgic about a perfect childhood that never happened
ThrowBackG
70
UUUHHHH OOOOOOH

Unsurprisingly, this was one of the first indie albums I listened to and quite a lot! Over the years its grown off me quite a bit. The best moments have a lot of heart and paint vivid imagery of intamacy in my head. Especially 'Neighborhood #2' and 'Une année sans lumière' which may be some two of my all time favorite songs ever recorded! After that I feel like I'm just tolerating Win Butler and melodrama in the lyrics. 'Wake Up' to me is just glorified millennial ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#1/Pitchfork
#2/NME

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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