Arcade Fire, because they’re really this damn good, are among the very few indie bands that could attempt a 65-minute album about the philosophical quandaries of the suburbs and pull it off completely.
The greatest success of Teen Dream ... is its thematic connection ... Teen Dream is concerned with nostalgia for love lost with time; the kind of love that can be explained only by harmonious moans; and the kind of devotion their last album only touched on.
High Violet is one of those rare albums where a band’s rising profile and rising talent meet in a perfect storm of anticipation and excellence.
With My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West has lurched to the vanguard of modern mainstream music.