Arcade Fire Vinyl, CD & tapes by Arcade Fire at Norman Records
An ensemble to rival the E Street Band in their endless gifting of pathos, Arcade Fire have been getting hearts throbbing since their gorgeous, communal rock record Funeral.
Since then their string-addled arena music has gone goth (Neon Bible), dad (The Suburbs) and disco (Reflektor), leading their malleable pop energy into the depths of the excessively jaded Everything Now. They remain full of hooks and bravado, but we really can't talk up those early records enough: no band has gotten an indie approximation of heartfelt arena rock more on point. The ying to The National's dulcet yang, their early songs can be felt as anthems, with Funeral leading the way as an iconic record.
Win Butler and Régine Chassagne are the principle architects of Arcade Fire but their roster is a small Canadian army; alongside them they've counted contributions from James Murphy in the production department and were host to big fan David Bowie, who performed vocals on the lead single to 'Reflektor'. Having moved from the baroque, orchestral flurries of old into work with pulsing synths and snarky rhetoric on Everything Now, their sound has become entirely the opposite of its early days: stinging and sarcastic, it now stands as commentary on a world that's just begging to get roasted.