I didn't think that was any good, because my mind was focused on Quebec City, where I was headed.
Then it dawned on me that Canada has provinces, and Montreal is in the same province as Quebec City...the province of Quebec.
And I thought that was just perfect.
It may be unfair to say the New Thing here is Arcade Fire - really I only focused on two of their albums - 'Neon Bible' and 'The Suburbs'.
But it is fair to say they are new to me - I knew nothing about them. Well, I remember when 'The Suburbs' came out - it got a lot of attention - but I had never listened to any of Arcade Fire's music.
And actually, as I listened to these two albums, the biggest surprise to me was that there was a female voice on some of the tracks. Turns out, the band is fronted by a husband and wife.
And, as I looked up more information on them, I remembered 'The Suburbs' being such a big deal that year because it won big at the Grammys. And there was an attention-grabbing interactive video for 'We Used To Wait' that allows you to include the home you grew up in as part of the scenery. (Joke's on them - I ran it, but the house I grew up in, though at the same address, looks completely different due to a renovation. Not quite the nostalgia they were going for...but still pretty cool.)
Justin told me he liked these two albums a lot - he said 'The Suburbs' "is very good as an entire album. For sheer song goodness, though," he wrote, "I prefer [Neon Bible]."
I agree with him. Here are some of my own thoughts:
The first thing I thought when I listened to 'Neon Bible' was how much I was reminded of The Killers. (But I don't know who came first. Maybe for many people The Killers remind them of Arcade Fire.) I feel like I've heard 'Keep The Car Running' before, and I thought 'Antichrist Television Blues' sounded very Bruce Springsteen-esque. My favorite of the songs, I think, was 'Intervention' - I like the organ intro a lot and the song overall is good.
I don't know that I had a particular favorite from 'The Suburbs', but I liked 'City With No Children', and I thought it was interesting that there are two 'Part II' songs on the album...and I liked 'II' better than 'I' in both cases.
But overall I really liked Arcade Fire. I know I'm late to the scene, but that's why I'm doing this. There's one other studio album by the band...what I've learned from these two albums is that I might have to look into that one.