Friday, March 11, 2011

13/50: Arcade Fire "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"

50 Songs in 50 Days
Arcade Fire "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"




I know you're probably so over Arcade Fire right about now that your thinking of clicking off this page and going to see what's happening on Ain't it Cool News instead! If you give me some time, I promise you will remember why they deserved that measly little grammy in the first place.
First of all, before I talk about "Sprawl II," I just want to talk about the grammys (or grammies? Both look so weird!) for a minute. So let's re-cap: not only did Arcade Fire win album of the year but The Black Keys also won three (GASP! I still can't get over that...) and Justin Bieber didn't win a damn thing. What's wrong with that scenario? Absolutely nothing! But usually, let's face it, it's the other way around with Train trailing right behind Bieber (I know "Hey Soul Sister" won "Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" but AT LEAST they didn't win multiple awards...that was nice of them, giving them a pity award. When you write a song for yourself out of your own key, it can be quite embarrassing).
Anyway, that feeling when you know that this person (or band, in this case,) completely deserves the honor and everything about the situation is justified - that's very uncommon so when it happens, it's a huge deal for me. I think a lot of people, myself included, would like to think it happens all the time but it's very rare. I think that also has a lot to do with why people were so overjoyed on election night when Barack Obama won. For people in their early twenties, it was the first time we could remember someone actually winning the Presidency because they won the popular vote and therefore, ACTUALLY DESERVED IT! When Arcade Fire won Album of the Year, it was pretty much the icing on the cake for a lot of people. Twitter and Facebook blew up and it was good to know I wasn't the only one feeling this way. Okay I'm done talking about the Grammy's...that was more like ten minutes.
"Sprawl II" is the light at the end of the glorious tunnel that is The Suburbs. This album is so great because of songs like this, where Arcade Fire experimented with different sounds and different genre's. It's like a 70's disco song with a twist...and that twist is, if 70's disco was good. Also a great choice on the band's part, using RĂ©gine Chassagne's voice rather than Win's. Win Butler's voice is great, don't get me wrong, but I feel like this song needs to have a more upbeat and sweeter sounding voice to make it really good and that's what Chassagne delivers.
The lyrics, of course, are also something to take note of. Lyrically, The Suburbs in general has this oppressed dystopian theme to it, that we're all just sheep living to "just punch the clock," as the Chassagne sings so beautifully.
Not only do you hear 70's disco, but also some Blondie/The Human League/Talk Talk action as well. The rhythm I think is what reminds me most of these bands.

Do you remember yet? I know there's a whole "Arcade Fire is selling out" bandwagon now after the Grammy's but please for their sake, don't join it!

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