Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by LarsO, Jun 1, 2017.
Oh, then they're worse than I thought! Thks
Maybe it's just me, but I'd rather see someone playing something as simple as the tambourine with enthusiasm than just standing there looking bored and tapping along.
Arcade Fire have always been theatrical as **** on stage. I guess it's not for everyone, but as someone who sees hundreds of shows a year, I appreciate when performers put on a SHOW!
Agreed. Musicians have fun on stage is infectious and almost always gets a live crowd more into a show. Every time I have ever seen the Flaming Lips, it is like a party on stage, and the crowd always eats up every bit of it.
As well as that "red-haired guy" (Richard Reed Parry) being their main guitar-wrangler (who has defined the band's signature sound as much as Win or Régine has), a tasteful double bass player and a recognized composer (seriously!) with a number of performed works under his belt. He can tap a mean tambourine for sure but he is imo inarguably the most talented musician in the band by far.
Will makes me laugh though I certainly understand why he annoys some. I saw him a couple of years ago in a small club touring behind his solo album and he rose in my esteem a bit from that. Came in, set up his gear along with his bandmates on the usual postage stamp-sized stage and his guitar kept falling off the strap - he was a champ and plowed through the set, switching between guitar and keyboards with loads of infectious energy. Hearing him on his own gave me more appreciation for what he brings to the table in AF (even if he can often act as goofy as hell). Ditto seeing Sarah Neufeld and Jeremy Gara opening for St.Vincent....
It's not Arcade Fire without any one of them...though will admit Will might be the most expendable!
For a few years I've been wondering if Win Butler has pulled a Coldplay(now 50/17/17/17) and demanded an unequal revenue split in his favor.
I would be shocked if he hasn't. And I mean that in a positive way.
So maybe Win/Rene get 50% and the other 4 core member including Will Butler get 12.5% each?
Sarah was core member 2006-2013 but is now a non-core member.
That's the quickest way to tear a band apart. I get that not every band can be like Rush (who split everything evenly three ways no matter what), especially if a band is one where one or two people do most or all of the songwriting, but when you start worrying too much about grabbing a bigger slice of the cash pie, that rarely ends well.
Finally got my free cd's that came with the September concert tickets. Nice idea, but not very timely.
I DVR'd SNL last night to see the Arcade Fire performances.
I love Creature Comfort, but that was a horrendous performance. They've been playing that at every show since last summer, yet it sounded like a band who was early in rehearsals for a tour.
Put Your Money on Me sounded okay.
Both performances were underwhelming.
Yet one must filter expectations through the fact that every act on SNL sounds awful. Not their best SNL performance (see: Sprawl II or Reflektor), but seemed fine to me.
I picked up this cd a few weeks ago....LOVE IT! Can't remember a cd I played over and over again in a long time
Well, they've won the Album of The Year award at the Junos tonight, despite the backlash.
In a category that, in 2018, included both Michael Buble and Shania Twain. Of course they won.
Looking forward to seeing them again this eve always brilliant live....
This is probably their weakest album and was a naff marketing campaign, but it's still a fun listen and has 2 or 3 songs that most bands would die for.
Not so sure it's weaker than The Suburbs
Because those bands' fans would kill them ?
Suburbs come second only to the debut for me.
Looking forward to Glasgow this coming Monday. Was lucky enough to see them last year at the TINY S****horpe Bath Hall and it was an utterly brilliant show...
Only won 'em the Grammy, but, sure, it's weak.
The 2nd side of Reflektor is excellent too. Suburbs is good, but find it a bit of a slog....
Going through the recent comments here and the SNL performance ... I am (getting more now to "was") a relatively big Arcade Fire fan. I just do not enjoy this latest album, though admittedly I have only played it about 3 times. At some point I'll listen again, but I also did not enjoy the SNL performance in March either. There has been a very conscious move to club/dance oriented songwriting in my view. That started on Reflektor, though I liked that release pretty well and agree with Greg Smith above that side 2 is very good. I gravitate to Funeral and The Suburbs mostly for my AF fixes, but I really enjoyed the Reflektor live show a few years back, went with my late-teens son and was a great experience for both of us. Not sure if I would spend the $ if they came through town again right now
Is there a big or small difference in the sound quality between the cd and vinyl releases? I already have the cd, but I noticed that my local record shop has a bunch of new copies of the vinyl marked down to $16.
The vinyl sounds better than the CD. The price is great. I spent twice that!
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