"Famously crafted in the aftermath of multiple deaths in band members’ families, Funeral is the sound of desperately finite people channeling infinite sadness, mustering every last ounce of passion and earnestly blasting it to the far reaches of the universe. Whatever you’re dealing with, this music will sweep you up and carry you away with it. Somehow, it converts that pain and confusion into reverie."
This album came out at a perfect time in my imperfect life, and I was fortunate to have seen the band up close on the ensuing tour and again a year later in what were moving performances (one of which I have as a bootleg recording)..... I remember, indeed, playing the disk in my car full of dear scuba friends on a scuba-road trip during which we learned of the accidental death of one of our own in a car accident. There was something mysteriously connected in the music and lyrics of this masterpiece, so much of it subtle or subliminal. Here is a review from Stereogum, commemorating the anniversary, [url=http://www.stereogum.com/1703671/funeral-turns-10/franchises/the-anniversary/]Funeral Turns 10[/url]
Didn't really like the album the first time I listened to it. Second time it was much more enjoyable but songs like Wake Up and Rebellion (Lies) have definitely been overplayed and made me lose a bit of interest.
I really do love #1 and #2 though, two great openers but although the album holds my interest throughout I personally feel like it gets a lot weaker towards the end.
I haven't listened to this record in years, so it's been amazing revisiting it. Don't ask me what i was doing, but i forgot Arcade Fire existed. I found Funeral & Neon Bible on my shelf and it's like back when Funeral was first released. Even after all this time the music still sounds new and exciting.