Slag Records
Release date
18 Nov 2011
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) 4:48 640,438
2 Neighborhood #2 (Laika) 3:32 226,397
3 Une année sans lumiere 3:41 97,691
4 Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) 5:12 598,035
5 Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles) 4:49 501,925
6 Crown of Love 4:42 555,925
7 Wake Up 5:35 717,762
8 Haiti 4:07 481,084
9 Rebellion (Lies) 5:10 753,566
10 In the Backseat 6:20 487,128

About this album

Funeral is the debut full-length album by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire, released on September 14, 2004 in North America by Merge Records and on February 28, 2005 in Europe by Rough Trade Records. 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 March 2004, and Richard Reed Parry’s aunt in April 2004.

Preliminary recordings for Funeral were made during the course of a week in August 2003 at the Hotel2Tango in Montreal, Quebec, and the recording was completed later that year.

The album produced 5 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 lists. It was ranked eighth in Bob Mersereau’s 2007 book The Top 100 Canadian Albums, and #2 on Pitchfork’s 200 Top Albums of the 2000s

Initial critical response to Funeral was very positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 90, based on 30 reviews. Allmusic reviewer James Christopher Monger gave the album a rating of four and a half stars out of five.

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  • muerto14


    23 Sep 6:45pm Reply
  • ollyh18

    Happy belated birthday to my all-time favourite album!

    17 Sep 1:20pm Reply
  • MellotronY

    i listened to this album a lot when i was like 7 years old. so many thanks to my dad, for being into this instead of some shit like the eagles.

    15 Sep 4:20am Reply
  • lfelipecosta

    Timeless album.

    15 Sep 1:15am Reply
  • lfelipecosta

    Happy Birthday to this perfect and life-changing album. Love you guys! <3

    15 Sep 1:10am Reply
  • Illest_Villain

    Happy B-day, what an album...

    14 Sep 5:52pm Reply
  • Elenlille

    Happy 10th birthday! This album and my university years will always be together in my mind...

    14 Sep 5:15pm Reply
  • WS9167

    Happy birthday!

    14 Sep 4:17pm Reply
  • yinxianghecheng

    Happy Birthday to my all-time favorite album!

    14 Sep 3:05pm Reply
  • target-uk

    Happy 10th Birthday!

    14 Sep 12:36pm Reply
  • capriccioso_

    happy birthday to the bestest of all albuns

    12 Sep 7:45pm Reply
  • emergingsynergy

    "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."

    12 Sep 5:30pm Reply
  • emergingsynergy

    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, Funeral Turns 10

    12 Sep 5:17pm Reply
  • miilena_cb

    idk, it reminds me of something that i miss, but i still don't know what it exactly is. (2)

    12 Sep 4:09pm Reply
  • MartianReaper

    10/10. End of discussion. [12]

    10 Sep 1:46pm Reply
  • thaisquecida

    i keep such an affection for this album down in my heart. idk, it reminds me of something that i miss, but i still don't know what it exactly is.

    9 Sep 1:46am Reply
  • jvcamargo

    This album is a fucking amazing masterpiece

    8 Sep 12:45pm Reply
  • RossFrazer_

    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.

    6 Sep 3:37am Reply
  • victimofkratina

    Death From Above 1979's You're A Woman, I'm A Machine was a better 2004 album.

    10 Aug 5:09pm Reply
  • Nimbie

    a perfect opener and a perfect closer

    21 Jul 5:01pm Reply
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