These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Arcade Fire
Broken Base: Arcade Fire has one of these pop up every time they put out a new record, because they're so partial to updating their sound and content between albums; some of their fans will hate the new sound, while others think it's a step in the right direction for them. "Reflektor" has caused the largest splintering to date, because it's changed the band's sound the most.
Crowning Moment of Funny: Probably not intentional, but...the band playing an acoustic version of "Neon Bible" in an elevator on Miroir Noir. Due to the cramped conditions, it's just acoustic guitar and vocals, right? Not exactly.
The liner notes for 'funeral' describing the band: "probably due to the excessive heat, two of them got married"
What was the first thing Win Butler said once the band reached the podium to accept the 2011 Grammy for Album of the Year? "What the hell?".
"We're gonna go play another song now, because, uh, we like music."
Eminem's and Dr Dre's faces when the winner is announced.
"Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" takes this Up to Eleven. It's perhaps the most instantly recognizable track off of the Suburbs and serves as the grand finale to many of their shows. Possible next single, as well, which would follow the odd trend of the second-to-last song on each album being released as a single and being considered that album's Signature Song.
Fan Myopia: In the UK, at any rate. They have enough fans that they can headline the prestigious Reading Festival (a postition where the standard is band with a singificant UK and international fandom), yet most people in the UK have never listened to them, and many have never heard of them. They rarely get played on radio, and aren't generally talked about outside of indie rock circles. In the internet age, where national culture lines are increasingly blurred, it's very easy for UK fans to forget this.
Genius Bonus: The CD of "Neon Bible" does not have a barcode printed on it - entirely appropriate for an album about the Apocalypse.note A theory popularized in the 90s argued that barcodes were "The Mark of the Beast" referred to in The Book of Revelation.
Hate Dumb: A lot of people hate them just because... well actually a lot of the time it's not known exactly why they are hated. You'd think it would be a lot of the anti-Pitchfork crowd hating on them, but actually it tends to be the people who listen to radio hits a whole lot that are just mad because Arcade Fire are starting to appear on the radio, or those bitter that they won at the Grammys.
It should be noted that the people responsible for a good chunk of the Hate Dumb did the exact same thing when Neil Young beat out Justin Bieber for Canada's Artist of the Year. Right up to saying "Who is Neil Young?" Yeah.
In The Style Of: A good many of the songs The Suburbs were designed to sound like the bands that Arcade Fire's members had grown up with (thus creating a sense of nostalgia and familiarity for those who grew up with the same bands). Some are more obvious, ("Sprawl II" references Blondie's "Heart of Glass"), while others are only noticeable after the fact ("Deep Blue" references Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus").
Mainstream Obscurity: The Suburbs debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard 200 and won the Grammy for Album of the Year. You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who isn't already into indie rock who knows any of Arcade Fire's songs. 'Cept maybe "Wake Up." One noted exception, though, is the Chicago media market, where they have sold out shows and were voted at the top of the XRT listener poll for the best album of the year.
This seems to be starting to change with the publicity generated by their Grammy win and contributions to the Hunger Games soundtrack. In the current musical climate they're probably not going to break through completely into the mainstream, but it's okay- as a beloved cult band of the 2000s, they're in prettygoodcompany.
Signature Song: "Rebellion (Lies)" is the most obvious, though "Wake Up," "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)," and "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" would probably also qualify.
Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "(Antichrist Television Blues)" (overzealous Stage Dads are bad) and "Intervention" (using religion to justify violence and intimidate people into giving you their money is bad).