Slag Records
Release date
18 Nov 2011
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) 4:48 637,338
2 Neighborhood #2 (Laika) 3:32 224,094
3 Une année sans lumiere 3:41 96,536
4 Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) 5:12 595,646
5 Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles) 4:49 499,830
6 Crown of Love 4:42 553,523
7 Wake Up 5:35 713,079
8 Haiti 4:07 478,924
9 Rebellion (Lies) 5:10 748,910
10 In the Backseat 6:20 485,416

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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  • 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
  • JigiStardeus

    @xDx3xPx I have to disagree, personally i think that Reflektor is their weakest record (good nonetheless) but not nearly as great as Funeral who is a their ultimate masterpiece.

    4 Jun 7:41am Reply
  • mordwyr

    Good stuff!

    25 May 1:39am Reply
  • xDx3xPx

    This album is good, but reflektor tops them all

    17 May 2:28am Reply
  • MysticShit

    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.

    5 May 10:23am Reply
  • theironictea

    If I had my whole life, this would probably be one of my most listened albums. Masterpiece. Probably one of the best debut albums ever made. Magnificent.

    24 Apr 5:22pm Reply
  • ThalesGgphy

    Lol people, their other albums are pretty good as well!

    24 Apr 3:06am Reply
  • smoothmastery

    This is like one of the best albums ever

    15 Apr 10:48pm Reply
  • LUCE08

    Possibly their best album so far

    23 Mar 5:28pm Reply
  • Kecksohn


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  • jpzitoleopold


    15 Mar 1:45pm Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck fuccccccck fuck i love this I FUCKING LOVE THIS

    15 Mar 1:45pm Reply
  • FranckyLePod

    Well, THIS was masterpiece !

    6 Mar 7:49pm Reply
  • WS9167

    First out of four good studio albums by them.

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • LNXX

    Only good album by them. [2]

    28 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Junior_Lins

    so much love. <3

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • muzziac

    I miss this band.

    14 Nov 2013 Reply
  • kozlotura

    Прекрасная,тонкая работа. Нового ничего,но какое буйство фантазии,эмоций,гармонии.. Воистину один из лучших альбомов в мировой музыке ВООБЩЕ.

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    The definitive album by them. 9,5/10

    4 Nov 2013 Reply
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