Like most people we’ve had the new Arcade Fire album for a good long time. Neon Bible is out today from Merge Records. We’ve taken it in, listened to it through our headphones and thought a lot about how it stacks up to their first effort, 2004’s Funeral. And in the end we like it a lot. Maybe even more so. It seems there won’t be any sophomore slump for the Fire, what with the church organs and choirs. Just wanted to let everyone know, that though you may already have a copy of the album it’s possible to buy the darn thing today. If you’re not inclined and miss the liner notes, you can head over to Six Eyes for a transcription of the tracks lyrics.
And if you’re really into Neon Bible there’s a movie you can rent from 1995 by the same name, starring of all people Denis Leary and Gena Rowlands. It’s based on the book by John Kennedy Toole. Cause we know some of you prefer reading to watching the talking pictures.
The plot had us at hello: “While on a train, a teenage boy thinks about his life and the flamboyant aunt whose friendship acted as an emotional shield from his troubled family. This film evokes the haunting quality of memory while creating a heartfelt portrait of a boy’s life in a rural 1940s Southern town.”
We would’ve written up our thoughts on the Arcade Fire’s shameless plagiarism of this fine Denis Leary film, but what’s the point? We know you love their orchestral jangly pop music, featuring tons of world-weary lyrics.