There's a letter in May's Q magazine. Re:
Neon Bible: "Inspired by your five-star review, I rushed out an bought Arcade Fire's Neon Bible album. What a crushing disappointment. It sounds like a bunch of Echo And The Bunnymen B-sides, all bluster and no tunes. Am I the only person who doesn't think the sun shines out of their backsides?
Neil: don't listen to em. You are not alone. I'm with you dude, and I know others.
It's not for lack of trying. I bought Neon Bible a couple weeks ago, and I've listened to it a lot trying to get the hype. And I want to really like it, for patriotic reasons, if any. Objectively, I should like it: darkish religious theme, a little french, a fucking organ for god's sake. But while I wouldn't call it a "crushing disappointment", I'm starting to think it's merely good.