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Arcade Fire – Funeral (2004)

October 20, 2012

[Album 105/1001]

The Grammy Awards are the Oprah’s Book Club of music.

I thought The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen was an excellent book. Then I heard some editions of the book came with an Oprah’s Book Club sticker.  Followed by the nagging self-doubt, was the book really excellent?

Oh call me an elitist, pretentious snob (please don’t) but there’s a bit of Groucho Marx’s wisdom that has always resonated: I don’t care to be a part of any club that would have me as a member.

In 2011, Arcade Fire would win the Grammy for Record of the Year (The Suburbs).  True, major recognition like these titles can provide incredible exposure to deserving artists and authors.  Yet…

When Funeral was released, such worldwide mainstream appreciation was not an issue.  In fact, the waxing nostalgic about an award tainting the band for me is somewhat misleading: in 2004, I was definitely not a fan.  For the same reason I’m not a huge fan of some other Canadian icons: I couldn’t get past the voice.

In 2012, I’m finally getting dangerously close to fully appreciating Arcade Fire.  I’ve almost stopped saying that Funeral would be even better if it featured the vocalists from Stars instead.

After a few more listens, I believe the switch will go; I’ll adore the vocals and will concede that Arcade Fire truly are as great as everyone says they are.  Even if they did win a Grammy.

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