Anytime “the” is added before a category such as ”album”, it becomes a debatable topic. It is debatable because it reflects an objective stance on something that is actually subjective. Agreed.
As you can see, we have enjoyed much in the musical arena in 2007. Within
the myriad of favorites , one has continually surfaced to the top:Arcade Fires Neon Bible.This choice (in all its subjectivity) is just as much a reflection of this site as it is the
album.We realize we are not a review site, but a site that hopes to point those interested towards music (and a world of other things) that embodies both the beauty and mystery of wonder. Neon Bible possesses this quality in well read below (taken from n earlier rednoW post )
As it is rare for any artist/group in the music industry to earn any significant respect until their “sophomore” album, Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible (March 2007) was a highly anticipated release.
Although the album is a strong follow-up to Funeral musically, it is the lyrics that have grabbed the attention of many (including myself).
So, what is the Neon Bible?
Well, if the the Bible is considered the “answer” book to most, this one is certainly full of questions.
Questions of God, faith, religion, society, and self.
To make things a bit more interesting – these questions are subtlety
directed to those “within” (or working for) a faith-based structure. In
an interview with Paste Magazine, lead singer/writer Win Butler stated
the album as:
“addressing religion in a way that only someone who
actually cares about it can. Its really harsh at times, but from the
perspective of someone who thinks it has value.“
Butler, alongside band-mate and wife Regine Chassagne, undoubtedly have an intrigue in God, faith and their role place in culture and their own lives. However, any interests are coated with concern – primarily as a result of past experience. Although the band now finds it home near Montreal, Quebec (interesting enough – the band actually works out of an old church), Win was born in Texas and raised Mormon. Throughout the album, there seems to be nothing but push-back to this upbringing (or at least to his father); yet, not without Win’s own pursuits of an authentic faith.
As many of the readers of this site seem to be those “who thinks [religion/faith] has value”, I would encourage you to listen introspectively. Listen to the tension within life’s complexity. Listen to the pursuit of hope juxtaposed to the realities of fear. (“Neon Bible”, “(Antichrist Television Blues)”) Listen to the warnings for the church. (“Intervention”) Listen for the cries of freedom midst the chaos and pressure. (“Windowsill”, “My Body is a Cage”)