September 14: Arcade Fire released Funeral in 2004
Funeral is the debut full-length album by Arcade Fire, released on September 14, 2004 in North America. It was given its title because several band members had recently lost members of their families: Régine Chassagne’s grandmother died in June 2003, Win and William Butler’s grandfather (swing musician Alvino Rey) in February 2004, and Richard Reed Parry’s aunt in April 2004.
“These are songs that pump blood back into the heart as fast and furiously as it’s draining from the sleeve on which it beats, and by the time Chassagne dissects her love of riding “In the Backseat” with the radio on, despite her desperate fear of driving, Funeral’s singular thread is finally revealed; love does conquer all, especially love for the cathartic power of music.”
– James Christopher Monger (Allmusic)
Arcade Fire – Rebellion (Lies)(Rock en Sine, 2007):
The album produced five singles. The most successful, “Rebellion (Lies)”, peaked at #19 on the UK Singles Chart. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Alternative Music Album. It received wide critical acclaim and topped many year-end and decade-end lists. According to the website Metacritic, the album had the second most appearances on end-of-decade Top 10 lists. In the updated version of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, it was ranked at #151.
Arcade Fire – No Cars Go (Glastonbury,2007):
“Even in its darkest moments, Funeral exudes an empowering positivity. Slow-burning ballad “Crown of Love” is an expression of lovesick guilt that perpetually crescendos until the track unexpectedly explodes into a dance section, still soaked in the melodrama of weeping strings; the song’s psychological despair gives way to a purely physical catharsis.”
– David More (Pitchfork)