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1[[quoteright:350:]]²[[caption-width-right:350: And just when I knew what I wanted to say / A violent wind blew the wires away.]]²²''The Suburbs'' is the third studio album by Music/ArcadeFire, released in 2010. A ConceptAlbum, leader Win Butler wrote the bulk of the lyrics inspired by memories of growing up in The Woodlands, which is, yes, a suburb of Houston, Texas.²²''The Suburbs'' can be seen as the album that really broke ''Arcade Fire'' as a globally huge rock act. It debuted at the top of the charts in UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}, UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates, the [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} United Kingdom,]] and UsefulNotes/{{Ireland}}, and subsequently won the UsefulNotes/GrammyAward for ''Album of the Year'' in 2011.²----²²!! Tracklist:²²# "The Suburbs" - 5:15²# "Ready to Start" - 4:15²# "Modern Man" - 4:39²# "Rococo" - 3:56²# "Empty Room" - 2:51²# "City with No Children" - 3:11²# "Half Light I" - 4:13²# "Half Light II (No Celebration)" - 4:25²# "Suburban War" - 4:45²# "Month of May" - 3:50²# "Wasted Hours" - 3:20²# "Deep Blue" - 4:28²# "We Used to Wait" - 5:01²# "Sprawl I (Flatland)" - 2:54²# "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" - 5:25²# "The Suburbs (Continued)" - 1:27²----²²!! Principal Members:²²* Will Butler - Synthesizer, piano, vocals, guitar, bass, organ²* Win Butler - Lead vocals, guitar, piano²* Regine Chassagne - Lead vocals, drums, piano, harpsichord, synthesizer, organ, keyboard strings²* Jeremy Gara - Drums, percussion, piano, synthesizer²* Tim Kingsbury - Bass, guitar, vocals, percussion²* Sarah Neufeld - Violin, vocals²* Richard Reed Parry - Guitar, vocals, double bass, piano, harpsichord, percussion²----²²!! If tropes were yours, but they're not:²²* AlbumTitleDrop: "The Suburbs."²--> ''In the suburbs I, I learned to drive''²--> ''And you told me we'd never survive''²--> ''Grab your mother's keys we're leavin' ''²* AlliterativeTitle: "'''M'''onth of '''M'''ay", "'''M'''odern '''M'''an".²* BreakUpSong: "Empty Room"²--> ''Said your name, in an empty room''²--> ''Said your name, in an empty room''²--> ''Something I would never do''²--> ''I'm alone again''²* {{Claustrophobia}}: “City With No Children” has a verse that could make a claustrophobe break out in hives:²-->''I dreamed I drove to Houston on a highway that was underground''\²''There was no light that we could see as we listened to the sound''\²''Of the engines failing.''²* ConceptAlbum: Not a linear story, but serves as “a letter from the suburbs” as Butler put it.²* DarkReprise: The title track sounds at least tentatively hopeful when played at the top of the album. The abbreviated version at the end sounds tired and defeated.²--> ''If I could have it back''²--> ''All the time that we wasted''²--> ''I'd only waste it again''²--> ''Waste it again, and again, and again...''²* DeliberatelyMonochrome: “Ready To Start” was promoted with a black and white performance video.²* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: From “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”:²--> ''These days my life I feel it has no purpose''\²''But late at night the feelings swim to the surface''.²* EmoTeen: From “Month Of May":²-->''So young''\²''So young''\²''So much pain for someone so young''\²''I know it’s heavy, I know it ain’t light''\²''But how are you gonna lift it with your arms folded tight''.²* GratuitousFrench: “Empty Room” ²--> ''Toute ma vie, est avec toi''²--> ''Toute ma vie, est avec toi''²--> ''Moi, j' attends, toi tu pars''²* GuestStar: "Speaking in Tongues", a bonus track on the deluxe edition release, features Music/DavidByrne on backing vocals; of note is that the song shares its title with an [[Music/SpeakingInTongues album]] by Byrne's former band Music/TalkingHeads.²* {{Hipster}}: On “Rococo”, the band – who have kind of a hipster background themselves – take on hipster audiences who abandoned them for being too mainstream. ²* NostalgiaFilter: "The Suburbs"²--> ''And all of the walls that they built in the seventies finally fall''²--> ''And all of the houses they built in the seventies finally fall''²--> ''Meant nothing' at all, meant nothing' at all, It meant nothing''²* OneManSong: "Modern Man".²* OneWordTitle: "Rococo"²* ShoutOut: The first line of “Ready To Start”, “If the business men drink my blood…” is lyrically very close to Music/BobDylan's “All Along The Watchtower”.²* StepUpToTheMicrophone[=/=]VocalTagTeam: To date this is the Arcade Fire album where Regine Chassagne takes the most lead vocals, as distinguished from backing and harmony vocals.²* TechnologyMarchesOn: InUniverse the subject of “We Used To Wait”, which isn’t wholly positive on things like texting taking over from letter writing.²* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: "The Suburbs"²--> ''But by the time the first bombs fell''²--> ''We were already bored''²* YouAreNumberSix: “Modern Man” draws a connection between taking a number and being reduced to a number.²----


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