From David Spencer's Media Spin : Observations about media in Canada
| Today is Wednesday May 22, 2013 in Canada.
This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)
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What is Arcade Fire ?
Once darlings of audiophiles and indie snobs exclusively, the Canadian septet is now a world phenomenon, thanks in part to, among other things, opening stints for U2, a TIME cover story, a No. 2 debut in Billboard's national sales chart, gushing endorsements from Coldplay's Chris Martin ("the greatest band in the history of music," no less), and endless praise from music's elite critics.
Nearly all of the above snowballed from one album, 2004's Funeral. The disc was one of the best reviewed of the year, but not for boasting indie rock's credentials—abstraction, minimalism, ambiguity and plain weirdness, to name a few—but for being the exact opposite: direct, majestic, inspiring, populist.
In an interview with Paste magazine, front man Win Butler offered a telling statement about the nature of the album: "There are two kinds of fear," he said. "The Bible talks a lot about fear of God—fear in the face of something awesome. That kind of fear is the type of fear that makes someone want to change. But a fear of other people makes you want to stay the same, to protect what you have. It's a stagnant fear; and it's paralyzing."
Paste Magazine article