Quicklet on The Best Arcade Fire Songs: Lyrics and Analysis
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- Introduction to the Artist
- Song Lyrics - The Top Ten Songs
- Arcade Fire Trivia / Facts
- Sources and Additional Reading
ABOUT THE BOOK
Ten years ago, a motley crew of Montreal-based musicians were recording an EP in Maine, playing their songs in art galleries and basement gigs, and discovering new love. In 2011, this same band is accepting the Grammy for Album of the Year and spawning hilarious reactionary internet memes like “Who is Arcade Fire?!”
The answer? A group of multi-instrumentalists who achieved fame not through scandal or bribery, but through the purest means possible: making good music. The band is led by married couple Win Butler (vocals) and Régine Chassagne. Other band members include Jeremy Gara (drums), Richard Parry (bass), Sarah Neufeld (violin), William Butler (keyboard), and Tim Kingsbury (guitar). In their live performances, band members often assume other musical roles; collectively, their instrumental repertoire also includes viola, cello, double bass, xylophone, glockenspiel, keyboard, French horn, accordion, harp, mandolin, and hurdy-gurdy.
EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK
But I just wanted to make something in the world and worry about the rest of it later and not get too caught up in rules,” said Butler.
Lyrically, Butler re-inhabits the role of the defiant, idealistic art school kid, tripping over contradictions, fears, boredom, and self-discovery. He is not concerned with capitalist domination or compromising his ambition but rather maintaining his individuality and his willingness to re-imagine himself...
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